Intel showcased the 12th Generation or the Alder Lake series of Intel Core Mobile & Desktop Processors in India at the 12th Generation Intel Core Experience event. The processors are available across several platforms, ranging from the S-series or the desktop-only variants to the H-series, HX series, U-series, and P-series for notebooks and other mobile devices.
The 12th Generation has been built on the Intel 7 process and features a new architecture design that allows systems to leverage two types of specialized cores: performance and efficiency. This will enable Intel’s 12th Gen processors to deliver class-leading performance and snappy responsiveness.
We get to see a whole new generation of legacy technologies. We get to see support for DDR5, up to 4800 Mhz RAM. Chipsets for the 12th Gen processors are also backward compatible with DDR4 RAM. We also get Thunderbolt™ four connectivity and Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+).
The most significant breakthrough that Intel has made with the 12th Gen processors is the all-new performance hybrid architecture, which, Intel says, is its most significant shift in x86 architecture in more than a decade.
This is a combination of Performance cores and Efficiency cores to deliver ultimate performance. The Performance-cores, or P-Cores, are the highest performing CPU core Intel has ever built for maximum burst and single-threaded performance. The Efficient-cores or E-Cores are designed for scalable performance-per-watt, multi-threaded, and multi-tasking performance. This is possible all thanks to Intel’s new process called the Intel Thread Director.
Intel Thread Director monitors any given set of instructions, analyses it, and then helps the OS scheduler allocate the different instructions to a dynamic group of P-core & E-cores to carry out the instructions in such a way that the machine remains snappy and very responsive. This allows the best possible utilization of performance and efficiency.
This translates to real-life performance: while playing a processor-heavy game, you suddenly need to start streaming on a platform; switching the streaming application would have no discernible impact on your gameplay, even under heavy loads.
Intel also introduced the new cache architecture used for the 12th Gen Intel Core processors. Intel is using the new Common Intel Smart Cache architecture, which is shared among the P-Cores, E-Cores, and graphics processors. Furthermore, they have increased the Smart Cache (L3) and L2 cache sizes, which drives large memory capacity and reduces latency. This, in turn, delivers faster game loading times and much smoother frame rates during gameplay.
The 12th Gen HX series is aimed toward mobile devices like laptops and notebooks and features up to 16 cores and supports overclocking.
The H-series have also been aimed at laptops and notebooks and offer up to 14 cores. The H-series processors will be paired with discrete graphics, mainly seen in gaming laptops.
The U-series offers up to 10 cores, mainly for ultra-thin and light laptops. The P-series is for performance-thin, lightweight laptops and notebooks in the lower range.
Currently, there are few laptops and notebooks with Intel’s 12th Generation processors, but soon, we can expect more OEMs to bring 12th Gen Intel chip-powered devices into the Indian market.