Leaks about Alder Lake processors point to PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 RAM support.
Details about both desktop and laptop-based Intel Alder Lake processors have been leaked.
Judging by the slides obtained by VideoCardz, it will offer support for both the PCIe 5.0 interface and the faster DDR5 RAM with the new Alder Lake architecture.
With Alder Lake, Intel will produce for the first time using 10 nanometers instead of 14 nanometers on desktop processors. In this sense, a significant increase in performance per Watt can be expected.
Slides talk about a single thread performance increase of up to 20 percent thanks to the Golden Cove core design in the processors. On the other hand, there is no statement as to whether the single thread increase is compared to Rocket Lake or Intel’s 11th generation laptop processors using 10 nm manufacturing process Tiger Lake. In addition, it seems that Alder Lake will be built with a total 16-core structure consisting of 8 less powerful but more energy efficient Gracemont cores as well as 8 high-performance Golden Cove cores.
There is also a look at the Intel 600 motherboard chipset to power the desktop version of Alder Lake processors. Accordingly, the chipset will first find a place in motherboards with the Z690 series.
With DDR5 and PCIe 5.0, the chipset will also support legacy technologies including DDR4 RAM at speeds up to 3200MHz and PCIe Gen 4 and Gen 3. In the meantime, let’s note that a new socket type called LGA1700 will be used.
Intel says Alder Lake could roll out in the second half of 2021. While it is expected that the focus is primarily on laptop chips, it is unclear whether desktop-based processors will arrive this year.