Intel Alder Lake-S: First List Prices for Upcoming Next Generation Processors

Intel Alder Lake-S: First List Prices for Upcoming Next Generation Processors

Intel Alder Lake-S

The twelfth generation Intel Alder Lake-S processors should arrive on the market in November, but the market is already preparing the price lists. As usual, the prices reported may be placeholders destined to change, but they seem credible and may not be too different from what Intel's recommended prices will be.

On the other hand, the price of $ 604.89 indicated in the The price list for the Intel Core i9-12900K is very close to the $ 599 expected by most insiders for the flagship processor of the Intel Alder Lake-S series, the one destined for high-end consumer desktops. In fact, we are talking about a 16-core processor, although Provantage indicates only 8, and 24 threads, of which 8 are linked to high-efficiency cores that represent the main peculiarity of the new architecture.

In any case, it is an attractive price for a hybrid processor that can best adapt to any task, pushing the 8 main cores to 5.2 Ghz and exploiting the secondary cores for secondary operations, reduced loads and for the multi-threaded in order to guarantee both power and efficiency. All seasoned with the improvements of the motherboards we talked about in our special dedicated to the Intel Z690 chipset.

Preliminary list prices of the Provantage chain for Intel Alder Lake-S processors In the case of the Intel Core i7-12700K, only the 4 high-efficiency cores are indicated, but we know that they will be joined by 8 cores with 16 threads able to go to 5.0 GHz, which is not bad since we are talking about a new architecture, albeit always based on proprietary 10 nanometer transistors based on the Intel 7 production process. All priced, apparently, 422.17 dollars which they could correspond, thinking to the official prices, to 419 or 429 dollars. Not bad then for a high-end processor with 12 cores and 20 threads that will be followed by the equally interesting Intel Core i5-12600K, destined to clash with the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X with a list price of $ 288, 6 cores ad high performance with multithreading and 4 high efficiency cores, for a total of 16 threads. ! function () {"use strict"; window.addEventListener ("message", (function (e) {if (void 0! == ["datawrapper-height"]) {var t = document.querySelectorAll ( "iframe"); for (var a in ["datawrapper-height"]) for (var r = 0; r The Alder Lake-S processors that appeared on the pages of Provantage, a large American chain of superstores, are all of the K series, both in the versions with integrated GPU and in those without, as possible confirmation of the rumors that mentioned a first launch dedicated to the unlocked processors, with the blocked ones destined to arrive only later. Note among other things the greater convenience of the high-end boxed models that could come on the market with new heatsinks.

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Alder Lake's LGA-1700 CPU Socket Pictured Up Close Ahead Of October Launch

Intel's upcoming Alder Lake CPUs are still a few weeks away from launching, presumably, but there is plenty of related hardware in the wild to keep the leaks flowing. The latest one is an actual photo (read: not a render) of a next-generation LGA 1700 socket, as shown above. It looks similar overall to LGA 1200, but there are some key differences.

For one, Alder Lake is a longer CPU that is more rectangular in shape that Rocket Lake, and so the LGA 1700 socket design has to account for that. This is in large part due to the hybrid makeup of Alder Lake—Intel is pairing Golden Cove cores for high-performance computing with more power efficient Gracemont cores into a single package.

The photo above was posted by a user on the Bilibili forum. As a frame or reference, I've cropped a picture of an LGA 1200 socket from the ASUS ROG Strix Z5j90-E Gaming motherboard and put them side-by-side. Have a look...

Bear in mind that these are not true to scale. However, it does show the thinner and longer profile of Intel's pictured LGA 1700 socket (left) compared to its LGA 1200 socket (right). As far as measurements go, previously leaked details suggest Intel's upcoming LGA 1700 socket (codenamed '15R1) is 7.5mm longer, while the width is unchanged at 37.5mm.Being an LGA (Land Grid Array) design, the pins remain in the socket itself, as opposed to being on the CPU. Incidentally, it is rumored AMD will eventually go this route as well, specifically with Zen 4, which is said to employ an LGA 1718 socket.Intel's LGA 1700 socket is also said to sit a tad lower than LGA 1200. If past leaks are correct, it will have a Z-height of 6.529mm, compared to 7.31mm on LGA 1200 and 115x sockets. Along with other alterations, cooler makers will need to provide a new set of brackets for current models, if they want to maintain compatibility.

One other interesting tidbit—at the top of the socket, we can see 'LGA-17xx/LGA-18xx' etched into the metal. That suggests there are 100 extra pins on LGA 1700 that are not being utilized in Alder Lake, but will be used for Raptor Lake.