The latest high resolution images of the flagship Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake CPU have been leaked by Yuuki_AnS. The leaker has obtained the latest engineering sample of the chip that was sold in the Chinese black market for a starting price of US $ 700.
Intel Core i9-12900K Alder Lake flagship CPU gets high-resolution photos and onboard hardware-guided programming
The images give us a better view of the Intel Core i9-12900K CPU, which is the flagship within the Alder Lake 12th Gen Core line and also its 1700 touch pads that will make it compatible with LGA 1700 motherboards. The sample The specific CPU is the ‘QX7H’ variant and falls within the ‘ES2’ specification. Side profile images show that the chip’s PCB is quite thick and will feature a more rectangular design compared to square Intel chips we’ve seen for a decade.
In addition to the images, we managed to get a new slide for Intel Alder Lake CPUs, where the company outlined its new HGS + (Hardware Guided Programming +) feature. Intel claims that its new core architecture with HGS + prioritizes and manages workload distribution by sending tasks to the best thread for the job, thereby optimizing performance per watt. This feature will be enabled by default (on certain SKUs) and no user action is required to activate this technology. The HGS + feature is a combination of hardware support in the processor and software optimizations in the latest Windows operating system (11).
This technology should not be confused with Intel Threading Director since that’s another feature set for Intel Alder Lake CPUs, but both Thread Director and HGS + will work together to optimize performance for hybrid CPUs like the 12th Gen Intel processor in Windows 11. You can get information about the Intel’s new HGS technology in detail in this Article posted by UnderFox on Coreteks.
The new HGS + programmer is likely to only work on Intel Alder Lake 12th Gen CPUs with hybrid core technology. We know that certain SKUs will only feature Golden Cove cores, so there won’t be much use for HGS + on those chips.
Intel Core i9-12900K 16-Core / 24-Thread Desktop CPU
The Intel Core i9-12900K will be the flagship chip in the 12th Gen Alder Lake desktop CPU lineup. It will have 8 Golden Cove cores and 8 Gracemont cores for a total of 16 cores (8 + 8) and 24 threads (16 + 8). The P (Golden Cove) cores will operate at a maximum boost frequency of up to 5.3 GHz with 1-2 active cores and 5.0 GHz with all active cores, while the E (Gracemont) cores will operate at 3.90 GHz on 1-4 cores and up to 3.7 GHz when all cores are loaded.
The CPU will have 30 MB of L3 cache and the TDP values remain at 125W (PL1) and 228W (PL2). The ‘K’ variant is expected to retail for $ 599 USD, while the Non-K variant will sell for $ 509 USD.
Intel’s Alder Lake desktop CPUs will feature DDR5 and DDR4 memory controllers and the 600 series motherboards will also come with specific DDR5 / DDR4 options. Higher-end motherboards will retain DDR5, while more mainstream offerings will also open up DDR4 support. The Intel Alder Lake CPU line is expected to launch in november along with the respective Z690 platform and DDR5 memory kits.