Today’s the day Intel finally pulls back the curtain on its new Alder Lake desktop CPUs, ushering in a new level of performance with its 12th generation Core lineup at the company’s Intel Innovation event. To make sure you’re there the minute the announcement comes and pre-orders go live, we have all the information you need to tune in.
We have plenty of reason to be excited for Alder Lake given all of the leaks and benchmarks that have cropped up in the run-up to release, but it’s especially enticing when compared to the lacklustre performance of its predecessor, Rocket Lake. The new architecture’s heterogeneous design does away with the traditional homogenous core and thread count, and combines specialised performance and efficiency cores, which should hopefully result in improvements in power consumption and performance.
We can’t decree whether Intel’s new chips will be among the best gaming CPUs you can pop in your gaming PC until we spend some time testing them, but recently leaked CPU-Z benchmarks put at least one Alder Lake processor miles ahead of its AMD competition.