Intel at CES: Alder Lake looks a lot like M1, plus new chips for gaming laptops


The Consumer Electronics Parade this week was never going to be where Intel would hazardous undertaking into extreme detail on major new 12th-generation CPUs, but nonetheless, the assemblage hosted a press conference this morning that laid out a few new progresses of the 11th-gen CPUs it has already been shipping, plus an early look at what to have from the 12th-generation Alder Lake.

Using an improved version of the 10nm SuperFin organize, Alder Lake will take on Apple’s ARM instruction set-based M1 check and its ilk with a somewhat similar architecture. Namely, that means a mixture architecture of high-performance (Golden Lake) and high-efficiency (Gracemont) cores almost identical in spirit to ARM’s BIG.little design and to Lakefield. Intel says these are desktop and laptop CPUs and that they’ll reach consumers in the aid half of 2021, but details are otherwise pretty sparse.

More than anything, it looks sort Intel is trying to get ahead of the narrative that the company is facing some sombre challenges ahead as Macs with M1 CPUs delivered much cured price-to-performance ratios than what Intel is currently putting in vying devices—especially in the face of Intel’s delays.

Unfortunately, that was all we well-read about 12th-gen today. But as noted above, there were a few evolutionary steps for 11th-gen CPUs. Befalling toward the end of Q1 2020, the 14nm Rocket Lake-S with Cypress Cove piths promises some performance boosts like a 50 percent enhancement in integrated graphics performance and 19 percent faster instructions per cycle.

The full lineup hasn’t been divulged yet, but Intel did preview some specs for the upcoming Core i9-11900K: eight piths at up to 5.3/4.8 GHz, 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, and support for 3200MHz DDR4 RAM. No assessing information has been revealed yet, so expect to learn more in the next twosome of months.

Additionally, we learned that production has begun on Intel’s 10nm Ice Lake server processors, which proffer increased core counts and improved performance, Intel says. The band also announced new CPUs for business (11th-gen Intel Sum vPro), N-series Intel Pentium Silver and Celeron CPUs for the lesson market, and 11th-gen Intel Core H-series mobile CPUs that disposition work in tandem with today’s just-announced Nvidia RTX 30-series movable GPUs in ultra-portable high-end gaming laptops this year.

All censured, the event today was more of a teaser than a full reveal across the directorship. But we do at least have a general sense of what Intel’s focus will-power be in what’s sure to be a somewhat pivotal year for the company and its competition.

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