10nm Alder Lake CPUs from Intel will be available for PC and laptops in the second half of 2021

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Intel confirms that its Alder Lake generation will be released in the second half of this year. These are processors made on an improved version of Intel's 10nm process, with large and small cores. There will be Alder Lake CPUs for both desktops and laptops.

It seems Intel was far more focused on Alder Lake than Rocket Lake. Starting with the Intel Core i7-11375H Special Edition, it’s a 4-core, 8-thread processor with a maximum single-core boost of 5GHz. Intel claims to outperform its competitors, including the AMD Ryzen 4800HS and 4900H, by 30% in single-threaded performance.

Following that is the Intel Core i7-11370H, which is also a 4-core, 8-thread processor that hits a slightly slower 4.8GHz Turbo Boost clock. Lastly, there’s the more mid-range Intel Core i5-11300H CPU that surprisingly still offers as many cores and threads, and a still quick 4.4GHz speed. Intel also teased even more 11th Gen H-series processors that will come later this quarter including an 8-core, 16-thread chip. It promises an up to 5 GHz boost clock, 20 lanes of PCIe 4.0 for fastest storage and discrete graphics, and Intel Killer Wi-fi 6E (Gig+) wireless. Whereas in years past the Intel made a big splash by introducing its first octa-core CPUs or hitting 5GHz for the first time, this year’s crop of mobile processors brings some more humble, but important platform improvements to portable PC gaming.

"It combines high-performance and high-efficiency cores into a single product," Bryant said. "It'll be the foundation for leadership desktop and mobile processors that deliver smarter, faster and more efficient real-world compute usages."

Intel gave only a few details about the Alder Lake processors, but a lot of information has already been leaked incl an lga1700 socket. Alder Lake-S processors for desktops are a different size from the current Comet Lake and upcoming Rocket Lake CPUs and therefore also require new motherboards. Intel will probably come up with chipsets in the 600 series for this.

Update 24/1: New info has hit the web and Intel would be relating Alder lake-S in September already, Chinese tech site Uniko's Hardware mentions this.

  Coffee Lake-S Comet Lake-S Rocket Lake-S Alder Lake-S
Process 14nm 14nm 14nm 10nm + SuperFin
Introduction 2018 2020 Q1 2021 H2 2021
Chipset Intel 300 Intel 400 Intel 500 Intel 600
Generation 8th / 9th 10th 11th 12th
Cores (max) 8 10 8? 8 + 8 (big.Little)
Socket Lga1151 Lga1200 Lga1200 Lga1700
Memory Dual-channel ddr4 Dual-channel ddr4 Dual-channel ddr4 NA
PCIe version 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
PCIe-lanes CPU 16 16 20 NA
PCIe-lanes PCH 24 24 24 NA
USB (maximum) 6x 3.1 Gen2x110x 3.1 Gen1x1 3.2 Gen 2 × 1 (10 Gb / s)3.2 Gen 1 × 1 (5 Gb / s) 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 (20 Gb / s)
3.2 Gen 2 × 1 (10 Gb / s)3.2 Gen 1 × 1 (5 Gb / s)
Direct Media Interface x4 3.0 x4 3.0 x8 3.0 NA
Intel SGX 1.0 1.0 Deleted NA


10nm Alder Lake CPUs from Intel will be available for PC and laptops in the second half of 2021

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