Alder Lake is Intel’s latest range of gaming CPUs which was released earlier in November of this year (opens in new tab). Both the Intel Core i9 12900K (opens in new tab) and i5 12600K (opens in new tab) have reviewed excellently since launch, and most of those pesky DRM issues have been fixed too (opens in new tab). A lot of this is thanks to the new hybrid architecture of these CPUs, which use higher-performance cores and power-efficient cores in tandem.
According to Videocardz (opens in new tab), we shouldn’t necessarily expect the same for the Alder Lake non-K 65W series of CPUs yet to launch. Reportedly The Intel i3 12100F and i5 12400F from the 12th gen sub-series will be the first two to carry the Alder Lake name without those Efficient cores. Instead, these cores only have 4 and 6 Performance cores respectively giving them eight and 12 threads each. We’ll wait to test these chips before passing judgement but this inline with higher end CPUs from about 4 years ago.
The i7 12700F also releasing in this sub-series will retain the performance and Efficient cores split, with eight Performance and four Efficient, giving it 20 threads of processing power. This puts it not too far off the i7 12700k, with only a lower frequency and thermal design power. It’s still rated for 65W too making it a potential good lower power choice than the K variant without sacrificing too much by way of power.
We won’t see Intel’s Alder Lake sub-series of CPUs release until January, after the company’s CES conference. Until then it’s only speculation as to whether or not these chips are going to be any good. Alder Lake’s first release has been doing so well, but dropping the Efficient cores from some of these chips makes them very different looking beasts.