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Intel Innovation 2021 Event: The 10 Biggest Announcements To Know

Dylan Martin

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger and other executives laid out the chipmaker’s new ‘software-first’ strategy with a series of announcements and disclosures spanning much of the company’s portfolio of silicon products at the inaugural Intel Innovation event in late October.

12th-Gen Intel Core ‘Alder Lake’ Desktop CPUs Launch

Intel used the Intel Innovation event to mark the launch of its 12th-generation Core CPUs for desktop PCs, the first to use the chipmaker’s new Alder Lake hybrid architecture. The six unlocked models in the lineup make use of two core types, a performance core and an efficiency core to deliver major advancements in both areas. This allows Intel’s new Core i9-12900K, which has 8 performance cores and 8 efficiency cores, to deliver nearly 50 percent multi-threaded performance at a peak power of 241 watts compared to the previous-generation Core i9-11900K at a peak power of 250 watts. Conversely, the Core i9-12900K can provide the same level of multi-threaded performance at roughly one-fourth the power of its predecessor. Intel said the Core i9-12900K can deliver double-digit performance gains over AMD in select games, but it acknowledged that the tests were done before patches were issued to fix performance issues in Windows 11 for AMD CPUs.

 
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