Those who think Intel already lost their battle against AMD should reconsider it. There are still a few months left, but little by little data is appearing on what will be the first high-performance hybrid architecture of the blue company. Alder Lake-S as an architecture has been seen in SiSoftware with the impressive figure of 16 cores, what can we expect from Alder Lake CPUs?
It will not be easy for Intel, but what seems certain is that it will compete with AMD in a totally different way than usual in as much as Lisa Su did at the time with the Zen architecture. The HEDT segment will keep the frequencies and cores as high as possible, but we will also have efficiency options, and there, at the moment, AMD does not seem to have anything ready for launch.
HD-Tecnología has information from a well-known motherboard manufacturer confirming Intel's plans for 2021. The company plans to launch the 11th. Generation of Intel Core processors called Rocket Lake-S at the end of March 2021, along with the new Z590, H570, B560 and H510 chipsets. It will also launch W580 in April, a few weeks after the previously mentioned chipsets.
The image leaked also confirms that Rocket Lake-S will be compatible with the LGA 1200 socket, so these new processors will be compatible with 400 Series motherboards, and at the same time, 10ma processors. Generation Comet Lake-S will be compatible with the new 500 Series motherboards.
Regarding Intel's HEDT line, we will not have new models since Intel will continue to offer its X299 platform as the top of the range, so Threadripper will continue to be the leader in this segment. Given that Ice Lake-X will be manufactured at 10nm, we may not see the successor to the X299 until late 2021.
The novelty of this filtration is not in the score (very low due to the frequencies of the sample) or even to what is provided by the hierarchy of caches that reveals other novelties, no, the novelty as such is that Intel has included HT in this hybrid series.
And it is because the first leaks pointed to the opposite: CPUs with more cores and without HT to work at TDP and lower temperatures. What is shown by SiSoft SANDRA updates the data and shows that Intel had an ace up its sleeve and that it is not going to give up this new segment in post of low consumption Zen 3 CPUs.
What we see in the screenshots is the representation that Intel understands of ARM's big.LITTLE, that is, eight high-performance cores and eight high-efficiency cores, in the purest style of Smartphones.
Leaving out the 1.4 GHz frequencies shown in this Sample, SANDRA detects a curious configuration in the caches, and it is that it states that the configuration would be 10x 1.25 MB of L2 and 30 MB of shared L3.
Surely it is a reading error, because at the moment there is no sign of a CPU with a 10 + 6 configuration, but as we say 8 + 8, but we cannot ensure that the reading as such is incorrect and Intel does not have a superior variant with new Golden Cove cores.
What we do know is that high-efficiency cores will arrive under the Gracemont architecture, so we can expect a considerable increase in IPC and a good TDP for both cores.
Lastly, SANDRA also offers a look at its iGPU, which looks like it would integrate 256 EU at 1.15 GHz with 512 KB of L2, sharing VRAM with DDR4 once again. Therefore, this platform will not be responsible for entering the DDR5 on the desktop, which indicates that it is more than likely that next year Alder Lake-S will not be available for consumer computers either and we have to wait for Meteor Lake- S to see it in operation.