Intel confirms Alder Lake-S to require LGA1700 socket

Published: Jun 26th 2020, 18:00 GMT   Comments

Intel has confirmed its Alder Lake-S series to utilize LGA1700 socket.

Intel 12th Gen Core aka “Alder Lake-S”

The leak actually comes from Intel, so it should rather be considered news. Their development resource website, which is not made public for obvious reasons, can still be used to browse password-protected documents. One of such website lists new information on Alder Lake series.

The new entries include Alder Lake-P, a new series with yet unknown purpose. The most recent P series Intel has released is the Atom server series featuring up to 24 cores, codenamed ‘Snow Ridge’. We are not sure how this is connected to Alder Lake, but it’s worth mentioning that Alder Lake is rumored to feature eight big cores (likely to be Golden Cove architecture) and eight small cores (rumored to be Gracemont core design).

What we know so far about Alder Lake-S

  • Alder Lake-S is a successor to Rocket Lake-S.
  • It is now configured to support a new socket (LGA1700).
  • Alder Lake-S is expected to feature big core / small core architecture (similar to ARM’s BigLITTE)
  • The series is rumored to feature Golden Cove/Gracemont cores.
  • The platform will be Intel’s first to support DDR5 memory for desktops.

A fresh leak from @momomo_us revealed that Intel now also lists LGA1700 socket on official resource website. This is the first confirmation directly from Intel on the new socket in regard to Alder Lake-S. Previously this rumor was only mentioned by manufacturers specializing in testing equipment for Intel platforms or the leakers.

The entry ‘LGA1700-ADL-S’ refers to Alder Lake-S. 

The release date of Alder Lake-S is still unconfirmed and it will likely remain so for a long time. The launch of the new series will render existing 400-series motherboards obsolete as they feature the LGA1200 socket, only to be supported by Comet and Rocket Lake.

INTEL Mainstream CPU Series Specs
VideoCardz.comCoffee Lake-SComet Lake-SRocket Lake-SAlder Lake-SMeteor Lake-S
Launch Year20182020202020212022-2023
Fabrication Node14nm14nm14nm??
MicroarchitectureSkylakeSkylakeWillow Cove (?)Golden Cove + Gracemont?
Max Core Countup to 8 coresup to 10 coresup to 8 coresup to 16 (8 BIG + 8 SMALL)?
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4DDR4DDR5DDR5
PCIe GenPCIe 3.0PCIe 3.0PCIe 4.0PCIe 4.0?
Intel Core Series8th/9th Gen Core-S10th Gen Core-S11th Gen Core-S (?)12th Gen Core-S (?)?
Motherboard ChipsetsIntel 300 (eg. Z390)Intel 400 (eg. Z490)Intel 500 (Z590)Intel 600 (eg. Z690) (?)?

The Gen5 in the leak does not refer to PCIe Gen5. This is a 5th generation voltage regulation testing equipment.

Lit-Tech already listed Alder Lake LGA1700 socket (left) – source / Intel Gen5 VR Test Base Kit (right) – source

Source: @momomo_us

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