Intel 12th generation features, release date and 600 series chipsets

Recently on intel architecture day, Intel has officially announced their new series of processors and chipsets. The processor is going to be the 12th gen of intel’s processor family and called the “alder lake” processors. In this brief article we are going to see intel 12th generation features and about its release dates with some leaks.

With the intel 12th generations the company is raising the bar in several key areas. It is the first generation to use the new DDR5-4800 and LP5-5200 memory with continuing the support of DDR4.

PCI-E express GEN-5

PCI express generation 5 is another world’s first feature to have on intel’s 12th generation Processors. The new Gen5 of PCI-E express has up to 2x bandwidth compared to Gen4 and up to 64GB/s with x16 lanes. However, currently, there are no devices that can take advantage of PCI Express Gen5.

Thunderbolt 4 feature

The final and the most noteworthy feature is the thunderbolt 4. It is an amazing improvement for professionals who love using their laptops as workstations. Thunderbolt 4 can output a video signal to two 4k or one 8k displays. And it doubles the file transfer speed from 16Gb/s to 32Gb/s compared to Thunderbolt 3. So, expect portable SSD to become even faster in near future.

For more information about thunderbolt 4 check here

Intel 12th gen cores and threads count
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Intel 12th generations CPUs for laptops will have up to 10 cores and 12 threads. that is 2 performance cores (P-cores) and 8 efficiency cores(e- cores). And High-performance and gaming laptops will get up to 14 cores 20 threads which consist of 6 P-cores and 8 E-cores. Desktop processors will have up to 16 cores and 24 threads with 8 p-cores and 8 e-cores. (this is the specs of i9-12000K)

Intel 12th generation Performance

Intel promises 19% performance improvement compared to the 11th generation processors. However, you need windows 11 to unlock the full potential of an intel 12th generation processor.

600 series chipsets

With the 12th generations chipset, intel is going to launch the 600 series chipsets. The Z690 is one of the motherboards that is going to launch with the alder lake processors. And these motherboards reportedly are going to support both K and non-K chips. Along with that, they will be able to support DDr5 memory with native speeds up to 4800MHz.

And some other main features for 600 are

  • PCIe express 4.0 & PCIe Express 3.0 support
  • X16 PCIe 5.0 / x4 PCIe 4.0 Lanes (CPU)
  • SATA 3.0
  • Intergated WIFI 6E
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • USB 3 (20G)/ USB 3 (10G) / USB 3 (5G)/USB 2.0
  • Intel Optane Memory H20.

12th generation processors / alder lake release date

The 12th generations processor with the 600 series chipsets motherboards are going to be available from 19th November this year. The company also has plans of doing an event called the “innovation” event where they would disclose some prices and specifications. 

Intel’s 12th generations desktop processor specifications (leak)

CPU NameP-CoreE- CoreTotal







Core i9-12900K8816 / 243.2 / 5.3 GHz5.0 GHz (All Core)TBA / 3.9 GHz3.7 GHz (All Core)30 MB125W228W
Core i9-129008816 / 243.2 / 5.2 GHz4.9 GHz (All Core)TBATBA30 MB65W~200W
Core i9-12900T8816 / 24TBA / 4.9 GHzTBATBATBA30 MB35WTBA
Core i7-12700K8412 / 203.6 / 5.0 GHz4.7 GHz (All Core)TBA / 3.8 GHz3.6 GHz (All Core)25 MB125W228W
Core i7-127008412 / 203.6 / 4.9 GHz4.6 GHz (All Core)TBATBA25 MB65W~200W
Core i7-12700T8412 / 20TBA / 4.7 GHzTBATBATBA25 MB35WTBA
Core i5-12600K6410 / 163.7 / 4.9 GHz4.5 GHz (All Core)TBA / 3.6 GHz3.4 GHz (All Core)20 MB125W228W
Core i5-12600606 / 123.7 / 4.8 GHz4.4GHz (All Core)TBATBA18 MB65W~200W
Core i5-12600T606 / 12TBA / 4.6 GHzTBATBATBA18 MB35WTBA
Core i5-12500T606 / 12TBA / 4.4 GHzTBATBATBA18 MB35WTBA
Core i5-12400606 / 12TBATBATBATBA18 MB65W~200W
Core i5-12400T606 / 12TBA / 4.2 GHzTBATBATBA18 MB35WTBA
Core i3-12200T404 / 8TBA / 4.2 GHzTBATBATBA12 MB35WTBA
Core i3-12100T404 / 8TBA / 4.1 GHzTBATBATBA12 MB35WTBA

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