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Intel introduced its “K/KF/ series chips” for enthusiasts who tend to overclock first in the 12th generation Alder Lake family. We do not know the exact release date of the entry and mid-level chips of the blue team. Recently, the yellow prices of the upcoming 12th generation processors started to be listed on the retailer, and now the technical specifications of the new CPUs have been leaked.

Dell and some retailers started listing systems based on Intel’s non-K Alder Lake processors this week. Demand is very high for Intel’s 12th Gen Core processors, but overclocked CPUs are quite expensive. In this context, there are many people waiting for more affordable traders.

If you remember, we recently learned that Intel will use Alder Lake-6P silicon for cheaper versions of 12th Gen Core processors. There are no efficiency cores in these CPUs and only performance cores are used as in the past.

Expected 12th Gen Alder Lake Processor Features

Configuration P-Core Watch E-Core Watch Cache TDP
Core i9-12900K / KF 8P + 8E | 24 threads 3. 20~5.20GHz 2. 40 ~ 3.90 GHz 30MB 125W
Core i9-12900 8P + 8E | 24 threads 2. 40 ~ 5.10GHz 1. 80 ~ ? GHz 30MB 65W
Core i9-12900F 8P + 8E | 24 threads 2. 40 ~ 5. ? GHz 1. 80 ~ ? GHz 30MB 65W
Core i7-12700K / KF 8P + 4E | 20 threads 3. 60~5.0GHz 2. 70 ~ 3.80 GHz 25MB 125W
Core i7-12700 / F 8P + 4E | 20 threads 2. 10 ~ 4.90 GHz 1. 60 ~ ? GHz 25MB 65W
Core i5-12600K / KF 6P + 4E | 16 threads 3. 70 ~ 4.90 GHz 2. 80 ~ 3.60 GHz 20MB 125W
Core i5-12600 6P | 12 threads 3. 30 ~ ? GHz 18MB 125W
Core i5-12500 ? 3. 00 ~ ? GHz ? ?
Core i5-12400F 6P | 12 threads 2. 50 ~ ? GHz 18MB 65W
Core i3-12100 / F ? 3. 30GHz ? ?

Perhaps the most interesting detail revealed by leaks about the Alder Lake-S family is that the company is preparing non-K versions without integrated graphics. Such processors are usually made for inexpensive machines that use integrated graphics. However, of course, players who collect entry-level systems can also prefer these CPUs. Long story short, we could see more Core i3 and Core i5 processors without built-in GPUs at affordable prices.


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