When Intel released the 12th-generation Core series desktop processors, it said it had prepared 60 models based on Alder Lake chips, but did not specify how many different chips they are based on. Currently, the first batch of six products launched: Core i9-12900K
, Core i7-12700K, Core i5-12600K, Core i9-12900KF, Core i7-12700KF, and Core i5-12600KF, both are equipped with a performance core based on the Golden Cove architecture (Performance Core) and an energy efficiency core based on the Gracemont architecture (Efficient Core).
Intel’s previous game development guide revealed that Alder Lake-S will have two different configurations, one is composed of 8 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores, the other is composed of 6 P-Cores, Both are configured with 32 groups of EU. At this time, some people think that Intel’s statement means that in the 12th-generation Core series desktop processors, there will be pure P-Core models, and there are at most 6 models.
Recently, MSI officially confirmed
at an event that Alder Lake-S does have two different chips. The chip area of 8P+8E is 215.25 mm² and the chip area of 6P-Core is 162.75 mm². The 6P-Core is designed with only P-Core and no E-Core at all, so the area is reduced by a quarter. It was previously reported that Core i5-12600 and below models use only P-Core chips.
According to Intel’s previous statement, Alder Lake-P/M on the mobile platform also has two different chips, one is 6P+8E, the other is 2P+8E. According to Andreas Schilling, the chip area of the 6P+8E configuration is about 217.2 mm², which is larger than the chip of the 8P+8E configuration on Alder Lake-S.