The 12th Generation Intel Alder Lake CPUs have finally arrived, ushering in a new age of Intel's semiconductors.
The new Core i9-12900K variant has a total of 16 cores and 24 threads, and can run at up to 5.2GHz. Intel claims that the new P-core design would enhance performance by 19 percent.
For individuals who don't want as much processing capacity, the Core i7-12700K (12 total cores and 20 threads, with eight P-cores and four E-cores) and the Core i5-12700K (10 total cores and 16 threads, with six P-cores and four E-cores) are available.
Intel is also introducing a lot of future-facing compatibility for more sophisticated standards with the new CPUs. That includes PCIe 5.0 support on all the CPUs announced, as well as support for DDR5 memory at up to 4800MT/s and higher L3 and L2 cache capacities.
The top-of-the-line Intel Core i9-12900K CPU, according to Intel, gives up to 25% more FPS in Troy: A Total War Saga, up to 28% more FPS in Hitman 3, and up to 23% more FPS in Far Cry 6.
Alder Lake will require a motherboard based on Intel's recently introduced Z690 chipset, and will fit in a larger socket, rendering old heat sinks obsolete.
The new 12th Gen processors will be built on the Intel 7 process, which has just been renamed. The new Alder Lake chips represent a shift for the firm in terms of x86 processors, one that closely follows Arm's strategy of recent years.
The new Intel 12th Gen CPUs are available for preorder starting today, with delivery on November 4th.