Here’s what we know about Intel’s first 16-core laptop processors
A massive leak has apparently revealed most of their key specs ahead of the official announcement of Intel’s Alder Lake-HX laptop processors.
A massive leak has apparently revealed some of the main specifications of Intelupcoming Alder Lake-HX processors. Intel is expected to announce its new line of processors at its Vision event, which is scheduled to take place over two days from May 10-11. Details about the new chips were revealed in a massive leak last month. The latest report now seems to back up most of the previous information, showing powerful desktop processors in laptops for gamers and enthusiasts.
While Intel has long been synonymous with processors, the company recently released its first set of Arc GPUs for laptops, with desktop cards expected to debut later in 2022. Intel has emerged as a third major contender in a market for GPU dominated by Nvidia and AMD with Arc A-series cards. The company has long offered integrated GPU solutions for its desktop and mobile processors, but the expansion into discrete graphics has captured the imagination of gamers and DIYers everywhere.
Just days before the announcement of Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake-HX laptop processors, video cardz released what appears to be an official slide from Intel, listing up to seven new chips that are expected to be revealed at the upcoming event. The Alder Lake-HX line will be based on desktop silicon and is expected to be the first 16-core laptop processor, as well as the first to support PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 memory. One of the most critical aspects of the upcoming chips is that they will all be aimed at enthusiasts and will support overclocking.
High performance, massive TDP
Digging deeper into the specs, three of the high-end chips in the Alder Lake-HX lineup will feature eight performance cores and eight efficiency cores. If the leaked slide is anything to go by, the Core i9-12950HX flagship will have a base clock of 2.3 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 5 GHz for its performance cores, while its efficiency cores will have a base clock of 1.7 GHz and a boost of 3.6 GHz. frequency. All of the chips in the lineup will also have hyper-threading, with the first three offering up to 24 threads in total. Even the entry-level Core i5-12450HX will have eight cores and 12 threads.
The Alder Lake-HX platform also features a full set of 48 PCIe lanes, including 16 PCIe 5.0 lanes, 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and 12 PCIe 3.0 lanes. It will also support DDR5 memory with XMP 3.0 and Dynamic Memory Boost profiles. In terms of power requirements, the Alder Lake-HX chips would all come with an identical default TDP of 55W, but it can be pushed up to 157W for overclocked chips. Finally, regarding the integrated GPUs on the new chips, the slide suggests that the number of cores has been reduced to 16 on the base SKU and 32 on the other six SKUs. This, however, might not be relevant, as the report claims that all devices with the new Intel processors will ship with discrete graphics cards.
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