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Intel’s 12th-generation Core i processors try to compete with AMD by combining large and small cores

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Intel 12th Gen Core i

Intel has predicted for many years, but it has always been the “Alder Lake” chip that only hears the sound of stairs. Today, it finally debuted as the 12th generation Core i desktop processor. Their concept is to combine the high-performance P core (for Performance) and the high-efficiency E core (for Efficient) on a single chip, so that the computer can use the appropriate core as needed. Some readers may think that this concept is quite common in Arm architecture, but it is still quite new on X86.

Intel 12th Gen Core i

Intel 12th Gen Core i

In addition to the configuration of large and small cores, the 12th generation Core i will also be Intel’s first use of “Intel 7” process technology. Intel 7 was actually originally called 10nm Enhanced Superfin, but although Intel claims that it has similar performance to 7nm of other factories, it appears to be a generation behind on paper. Therefore, Intel previously announced that it would abandon directness in node naming. Instead of using nanometers, the node name is “conceptualized”, and “Intel 4”, “Intel 3”, etc. will be launched after Intel 7, and so on.

For the new 12-generation Core i, Intel can be said to have full confidence in it, claiming to be 19% faster than the 11-generation Core i as a whole. In multi-threaded applications, Intel claims that the top-end i9-12900K is 50% faster than the previous generation 11900K, while also saving more power. Basically, under the same performance, the power consumption can be only 1/4 of the previous generation. If these data can reflect the actual measurement results, this generation is not only a big step forward, but also allows Intel to stand back to a position where it can compete with AMD.

Intel 12th Gen Core i

Intel 12th Gen Core i

The i9-12900K has a total of 16 cores, which includes 8 P cores and 8 E cores. However, since only the P core has Hyperthreading, this combination brings 24 threads. Intel claims that the single-core performance of the P core is 28% faster than the 10th generation Comet Lake S, and the E core is said to be “power saving”, but it is still at the same speed as the 10th generation core. The new 12th generation chip also supports 16 PCIe 5.0 channels and DDR5-4800 RAM. Intel’s 600 series chipset will provide PCIe 4.0 support, integrated WiFi 6E, and twice the DMI bandwidth.

Intel 12th Gen Core i

Intel 12th Gen Core i

Specifically, there are 6 types of 12-generation Core i desktop processors. In addition to the aforementioned 12900K, there are also 12-core (8P+4E) i7-12700K and 10-core (6P+4E) i5-12600K. Plus the KF version without internal display of the three. In other words, the current chips are relatively high-end chips. The i9-12900K mainly faces the R9 5900X, the i7-12700K corresponds to the R7 5800X, and the i5-12600K faces the R5 5600K. If the 12th-generation Core i is really capable of overwhelming AMD, then it depends on what kind of product AMD responds.

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