Intel Core i9-12900K “Alder Lake-S” Qualification Sample allegedly offers 5.3 GHz turbo clock

Published: Jul 13th 2021, 12:20 GMT   Comments

Please note that this post is tagged as a rumor.

Intel Core i9-12900K with 3.9/5.3 GHz clock speeds

Qualification samples of Intel Alder Lake-S processors are already available for a few weeks now. It appears that the first information on these samples is slowly beginning to leak.

According to a post on forums, a qualification sample of the flagship “Alder Lake-S” CPU, the Core i9-12900K featuring 8 big (high-performance) and 8 small (high-efficiency) has a base clock of 3.9 GHz and a boost clock of 5.3 GHz. It is nowhere near the rumored 5.5 GHz but still higher than the reported 5.0 GHz, a leaker claims.

The post also covers possible configurations of the 12th Gen Core series CPUs, including 12700K with 8C+4c configuration and 12600K with 6C+4c specs. He continues to provide benchmark results for Cinebench R20 multi-core test:

  • Core i9-12900K (ES2): 9300+
  • Core i9-12900K (QS calculated): 11300+
  • Core i7-12700K (QS?): 9500+
  • Core i5-12600K (QS?): 7400+

With a score above 11K points, the Core i9-12900K would outperform AMD’s 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X processor which scores around 10400 points. However, this score was calculated based on a higher turbo clock in comparison to 9300 points scored by the 12900K engineering sample.

Information on Intel Alder Lake qualification samples, Source: NGA (machine translation)

Just a day ago another leaker (YuuKi_AnS) shared early information on all known mobile Alder Lake Engineering Samples (ES) bugs. He also confirmed that in order to benefit from Intel’s Hybrid Technology (heterogeneous architecture), the latest Windows 11 operating system is required.

Information on Intel Alder Lake engineering samples, Source: YuuKi_AnS

Intel 12th Gen Core desktop series codenamed Alder Lake-S are now set to launch in the fourth quarter, with a possible announcement already in the third. These are Intel’s first mainstream processors based on 10nm Enhanced SuperFin node and the first to support DDR5 memory, although the architecture will be compatible with DDR4 standard as well. Next-gen motherboards will also support the PCIe Gen5 standard, which means that Intel will be skipping from PCIe Gen3 to Gen5 in less than a year.

Intel Mainstream Desktop CPU Series
VideoCardz.comRocket Lake-SAlder Lake-SRaptor Lake-SMeteor Lake-SLunar Lake-S
Launch DateMarch 30, 2021Q3/Q4 2021Q4 20222023 (?)2024 (?)
Fabrication Node14nm10nm Enhanced SuperFin10nm Enhanced SuperFin7nm Enhanced SuperFinTBC
Core µArchCypress CoveGolden Cove + GracemontRaptor Cove + GracemontRedwood Cove + Gracemont (?)TBC
Graphics µArchGen12.1Gen12.2Gen12.2Gen 12.7Gen 13
Max Core Countup to 8 coresup to 16 (8+8)up to 24 (8+16)TBCTBC
PCIe GenPCIe 4.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0PCIe 5.0
Intel Core Series11th Gen Core-S12th Gen Core-S13th Gen Core-S14th Gen Core-S14th Gen Core-S
Motherboard ChipsetsIntel 500 (Z590)Intel 600 (eg. Z690)Intel 700 (eg. Z790)TBCTBC

Source: via @9550pro, @yuuki_ans

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