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Leaked photos and characteristics of Intel Core i9-12900, Core i5-12600, Core i5-12500 and Core i5-12400

A Chinese insider hiding under the pseudonym DDAA117 has shared images and characteristics of consumer versions of Intel Alder Lake processors without an unlocked multiplier, which are expected to be announced in January next year. The same source previously reported accurate information on the Core i9-12900K and Core i5-12600K processors prior to their official announcement.

Image source: DDAA117

Image source: DDAA117

Specifically, DDAA117 provided photos of Core i9-12900 (SRL4E), Core i5-12600 (SRL4F), Core i5-12500 (SRL4G), and Core i5-12400 (SLR4P). The list could be called complete if it also included the Core i7-12700, Core i3-12300 and Core i3-12100 models, as well as variants of all these processors, but without the integrated graphics core (F-series).

The Core i9-12900 model will offer 16 cores in 8P + 8E configuration (24 threads), operating in the frequency range from 2.4 to 5.1 GHz. This processor will receive 30 MB of L3 cache. It is known that the less efficient model Core i7-12700 will receive half the energy efficient cores (8P + 4E, 20 threads), and the frequency will be from 2.1 to 4.9 GHz. Recall that the energy-efficient cores of Alder Lake processors do not support multithreading technology, and the above frequencies are typical for high-performance cores in chips.

Intel Core i5-12600 locked multiplier.  Image source: DDAA117

Intel Core i5-12600 locked multiplier. Image source: DDAA117

The Intel Core i5 series will consist of three models: Core i5-12600 (3.3-4.8 GHz), Core i5-12500 (3.0-4.6 GHz) and Core i5-12400 (2.5-4 , 4 GHz). According to the leak, each of these processors will be devoid of energy efficient cores. As previously confirmed, Intel has developed two types of dies for Alder Lake processors. Entry-level models will only have six Golden Cove cores, no E-cores. A series of Core i5 chips without an unlocked multiplier will use exactly those (6P + 0E).

Intel Core i5-12500 locked multiplier.  Image source: DDAA117

Intel Core i5-12500 locked multiplier. Image source: DDAA117

It is curious that the Core i5-12600K model uses a different crystal, since it contains 6P + 4E cores. In other words, Core i5-12600K and Core i5-12600 will differ not only in frequencies, overclocking and power consumption indicators, but also in the number of cores.

Intel Core i5-12400 locked multiplier.  Image source: DDAA117

Intel Core i5-12400 locked multiplier. Image source: DDAA117

Alder Lake generation Core i3 series specifications have only been partially confirmed. It is currently unknown how many cores the Core i3-12300 and Core i3-12100 models will have. It is only known that the former will be able to offer a frequency of up to 4.4 GHz, and the latter – up to 4.3 GHz.

Frequencies and amount of L3 cache of the low-end Alder Lake.  Image source: @momomo_us

Frequencies and amount of L3 cache of the low-end Alder Lake. Image source: @momomo_us

Some of the above models of Alder Lake processors without the unlocked multiplier have already been spotted by various retailers. For example, offers from Canadian stores were previously reported. Today, some of the models have appeared at the Bangladeshi retailer Nexus, which said it had the chips in stock.

Image source: Nexus

Image source: Nexus

Various sources agree that Intel will unveil multiplier-less Alder Lake processors alongside low-end chipsets for Intel B660 and Intel H610 motherboards in mid-January next year. It is very likely that we will learn additional information about these new products during the international electronics exhibition CES 2022, at which Intel is expected to present mobile processors Alder Lake-P and, I would like to believe, a series of gaming graphics accelerators Arc Alchemist.

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