It is rumored that Intel plans to release the Intel
12th generation Core series processors in October or November 2021 (approximately between October 25 and November 19), as the release date approaches, more and more news comes out. Earlier reports pointed out that Intel’s first desktop processor based on the 10nm Enhanced SuperFin process is also the first x86 desktop processor with big.LITTLE hybrid architecture. This year, Alder Lake-S processors will only have products with “K” and “KF” suffixes, and the supporting Z690 chipset. In fact, the Intel 600 series chipset lineup is quite large, with quite a few models.
According to Wccftech reports, through the Intel chipset driver (10.1.18836.8283), various PCH device IDs are included in the list, among which 19 are related to the next-generation platform. These chipsets include consumer-grade desktop platforms, enterprise, and embedded platforms, HEDT platforms, etc., as follows:
- X699 (HEDT Enthusiast)
- Z690 (Mainstream Enthusiast)
- W685 (Workstation Enthusiast)
- W680 (Workstation Mainstream)
- Q670 (Business / Enterprise)
- Q670E (Business / Enterprise Laptop)
- R680E (R-Embedded Laptop)
- H670 (Mainstream Budget)
- B660 (Mainstream Budget)
- H610 (Mainstream Entry)
- H610E (Mainstream Entry Laptop)
This series of chipsets, except for the Z690 chipset, will not be released until the first or second quarter of next year. The emergence of the X699 chipset is a bit surprising, indicating that Intel is likely to release a new HEDT platform processor, the specific situation remains to be confirmed in the future. There have been rumors that the W790 chipset will support the Sapphire Rapids HEDT processor, but it does not appear in the driver.
In addition, Intel Management Engine also lists the support for future processors, including Alder Lake (ME16.50), Raptor Lake (ME17.0), and Meteor Lake (ME18.0).