Intel has unveiled its new 12th generation Intel Core processors dedicated to desktop PCs. The American giant is targeting gamers by proposing a new architecture that is supposed to bring more power in games (but not only). There is a lot to do to get back in the race against an AMD at the top of its form.
The processor market is no longer to Intel’s advantage. The brand has enjoyed a comfortable lead in terms of sales for years,
but has gradually been overtaken by AMD, its direct competitor, to such an extent that the two brands are now neck and neck in terms of desktop processors.
This situation is due to the stagnation of Intel processors, but also to the good products of AMD.
Intel is trying to reverse the trend by announcing its 12th generation desktop processors. The Santa Clara firm wants to hit hard with a new architecture.
It wants to target gamers, especially with its new Core i9 dedicated to gaming performance. We can thus expect a leap in terms of power, but for now we have to be satisfied with the manufacturer’s data.
In this little file, which will evolve according to new information, we will review this new generation. Price, availability, but especially power, we tell you everything you need to know.
How Many Processor Are There…?
In total, three processors will be released, each one in a version without eGPU (with the mention KF). The first one is the Intel Core i5-12600K with 10 cores and 16 threads.
The Intel Core i7-12700K has 12 cores and 20 threads. Finally, the flagship of this twelfth generation, the Intel Core i9-12900K processor, offers 16 cores and 24 threads. It is the most powerful consumer processor of the brand for the moment.
Here’s the full spec sheet for all the CPUs with all the specs. Judge for yourself:
How Much Will The Alder Lake Processor Cost?
The 12th generation Intel Core processors are currently only listed in dollars, but the prices in euros should be roughly similar after conversion:
- Intel Core i9-12900K – 589 dollars
- Intel Core i9-12900KF – $564
- Intel Core i7-12700K – $409
- Intel Core i7-12700KF – $384
- Intel Core i5-12600K – $289
- Intel Core i5-12600KF – 264 dollars
Prices that seem to be in line with Intel’s promise (we’ll see it below), but we mustn’t forget that in these times of scarcity, they can quickly evolve. Upwards, in general.
When Are The 12th Gen Processor Coming Out?
The 12th generation Intel Core processors will be available on November 4th. Availability will obviously depend on stocks.
We know that shortage stories penalize tech giants and it would not be surprising if Intel was also a victim with these new products.
What New Features Does Intel Offer in Its 12th Gen Processors?
Intel unveils a new architecture within its processors with Performance-cores working hand in hand with Efficient-cores, to boost performance in games, but also in office automation.
The first ones aim at the highest possible performance, with a high frequency without worrying about power consumption.
The second ones are dedicated to background tasks and seek above all the balance between power and consumption.
This architecture allows a new management of the cache memory thanks to the Efficient-cores, which work behind the scenes to offer a smoother experience, while the Performance-cores run what requires the most power.
Intel promises extremely fast loading times in games. Stability in terms of frames per second should also be improved.
The usefulness goes much further than video games, since this method can also drastically increase performance in software known to be greedy, like Lightroom.
This processor should theoretically allow applications running in the background not to slow down your PC if you use another one. This is extremely important in the age of telecommuting and multitasking.
It should also be added that this generation of processors has been designed for Windows 11. The new Microsoft OS is indeed the only one able to handle this complexity.
In addition, these new processors will support DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0. Add to that a logical compatibility with WiFi 6.
Intel promises better overclocking management with a new version of its Extreme Tuning Utility that will allow you to control every aspect of your processor, core by core.
What’s more, this software will allow you to overclock your CPU in a very simple, even childlike way, by simply clicking a button. It will be possible to disable it on the fly.
What Is The Performance of These Processors?
The new CPUs obviously bring an additional performance boost to gaming. Intel has given a first glimpse of what to expect.
For example, with a 12th generation Core i9, we can see that the performance index is higher than the 11th generation processor on almost all games on a config with an RTX 3090 in 1080p.
Logical, at the same time. A whole panel of titles has been tested, and we can see what benefits we will be able to get from this CPU in terms of gaming.
If we take a closer look, we can see that we have a significant gain of more than 20% on most titles.
Only Age of Empires 4 seems to be a bit behind, with an improvement of only 13% on this new Core i9. We also notice a good improvement on Hitman 3 and Total War Troy (28% and 25%).
Similarly, Intel logically compared its new Core i9 to Ryzen 9 5950X, its direct competitor, on a whole panel of games (tested under the same conditions as above).
The Santa Clara-based company claims to be better than the competition, but let’s not forget that we are dealing with manufacturer’s data.
We notice that except for one title (Shadow of the Tomb Raider), the 12th generation Intel processor brings more power than the previous generation, but also than the Ryzen processor.
We see for example a notable gain of 20% on GRID 2019 and 30% on Total War Troy. Enough to completely change the game experience.
It’s not only in games that Intel promises much better performance, as the manufacturer has also shared data on creative software known to be resource-hungry.
Here are the results related to the integrated benchmarks and we can see an improvement of around 100% on After Effect.
Enough to seduce creative people. Remember that these are raw data from the manufacturer and we do not have the real test conditions.
New CPUs, a new architecture, more power and simple tools for overclocking, these are the promises of this new generation of CPUs.
For the moment, these new products are very appealing, but we mustn’t swear by them and wait for the first unofficial tests which should arrive online soon.
It will be interesting to see the gap between the latest AMD processors, still ahead, and this twelfth generation.
It remains to be seen whether Intel will regain the upper hand in the consumer market, as its leadership position is increasingly contested in all areas.
Let’s remember that this generation is only dedicated to desktops for the moment, but the laptop versions of these CPUs should not be long in coming and we should be able to use them in the next few months.
We are now waiting for AMD’s answer on the subject, which should market these processors with a Zen 4 architecture during the year 2022. The war is far from over.