Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake-P Mobility CPU With 14 Cores & 20 Threads Spotted, Up To 4.70 GHz Clocks For Early Sample

Hassan Mujtaba

A brand new 12th Generation Intel Alder Lake mobility CPU has appeared within the Geekbench database. The mobility CPU features more cores and threads than any existing notebook chip & also comes with some respectable clock speeds despite it being a very early engineering sample.

Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake-P Mobility CPU Spotted With 14 Cores & 20 Threads, Up To 4.70 GHz Boost Clocks

The Intel Alder Lake CPU spotted within the benchmark database is part of the Alder Lake-P lineup. The 12th Generation family will be split between the notebook Alder Lake-P and the desktop, Alder Lake-S lineups, both of which would be featuring a hybrid core architecture. The CPUs will feature both x86 'Cove' and 'Atom' cores with the bigger cores running in SMT configuration & the smaller cores running without SMT.

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The engineering sample features 14 cores and 20 threads. This configuration is only possible with a 6+8 (Big/Small) design. Since only the bigger Golden Cove cores feature SMT, we get to 6 cores and 12 threads while the remaining core/thread count is covered by the 8 smaller Atom cores. If we are to use an 8+6 configuration, then the core count would be 14 too but the thread count would end up being 22.

Intel Alder Lake 12th Gen big.SMALL CPU Configs:

CPUBig Cores 'Cove' ArchitectureSmall Cores 'Atom' ArchitectureGPU Tier

Other specifications include 24 MB of L3 cache and 4 MB of L2 cache. The CPU was seen running at speeds of up to 4.70 GHz but it is still an early ES chip with a base clock of just 800 MHz & average clocks of around 4.1-4.2 GHz. In addition to that, the CPU features the GT1 graphics chip that packs 96 Execution units or 768 cores clocking in at 1150 MHz. The OpenCL score for both of the Intel Alder Lake CPU entires ends up around 13,440 points which aren't that impressive but it's also kind of expected considering that the graphics driver isn't yet fully optimized.

Here's Everything We Know About The Next-Gen Alder Lake CPU Family

The Alder Lake CPUs are not only going to be the first desktop processor family to feature a 10nm process node but would also feature a new design methodology. From what we know so far, Intel plans to include a mix of CPU cores that are based on different IPs. The Alder Lake CPUs will come with standard high-performance 'Cove' cores and smaller yet efficient 'Atom' cores. This big.SMALL design methodology has been incorporated on smartphones for a while now but Alder Lake will be the first time we see it in action in the high-performance segment.

Following are some of the updates you should expect from Intel's 2021 architecture lineup:

Intel Golden Cove (Core) Architecture:

  • Improve Single-Threaded Performance (IPC)
  • Improve Artificial Intelligence (AI) Performance
  • Improve Network/5G Performance
  • Enhanced Security Features

Intel Gracemont (Atom) Architecture:

  • Improve Single-Threaded Performance (IPC)
  • Improve Frequency (Clock Speeds)
  • Improve Vector Performance

In addition to the chips, the LGA 1700 platform is said to feature the latest and brand new I/O tech such as support for DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0, and new Thunderbolt / WiFi capabilities. While the chip design methodology isn't anything new as we have seen several SOCs feature similar core hierarchy, it would definitely be interesting to see a similar outing on a high-performance desktop CPU lineup when Alder Lake launches in Q3 2021.

Intel Mainstream CPU Generations Comparison:

Intel CPU FamilyProcessor ProcessProcessor ArchitectureProcessors Cores/Threads (Max)TDPsPlatform ChipsetPlatformMemory SupportPCIe SupportLaunch
Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen)32nmSandy Bridge4/835-95W6-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 2.02011
Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen)22nmIvy Bridge4/835-77W7-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02012
Haswell (4th Gen)22nmHaswell4/835-84W8-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02013-2014
Broadwell (5th Gen)14nmBroadwell4/865-65W9-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02015
Skylake (6th Gen)14nmSkylake4/835-91W100-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02015
Kaby Lake (7th Gen)14nmSkylake4/835-91W200-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (8th Gen)14nmSkylake6/1235-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (9th Gen)14nmSkylake8/1635-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02018
Comet Lake (10th Gen)14nmSkylake10/2035-125W400-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02020
Rocket Lake (11th Gen)14nmCypress Cove8/1635-125W500-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 4.02021
Alder Lake (12th Gen)Intel 7Golden Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
16/2435-125W600 SeriesLGA 1700/1800DDR5 / DDR4PCIe Gen 5.02021
Raptor Lake (13th Gen)Intel 7Raptor Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
24/3235-125W700-SeriesLGA 1700/1800DDR5 / DDR4PCIe Gen 5.02022
Meteor Lake (14th Gen)Intel 4Redwood Cove (P-Core)
Crestmont (E-Core)
22/2835-125W800 Series?LGA 1851DDR5PCIe Gen 5.02023
Arrow Lake (15th Gen)Intel 20ALion Cove (P-Core)
Skymont (E-Core)
24/32TBA900-Series?LGA 1851DDR5PCIe Gen 5.02024
Lunar Lake (16th Gen)Intel 18ATBDTBATBA1000-Series?TBADDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2025
Nova Lake (17th Gen)Intel 18ATBDTBATBA2000-Series?TBADDR5?PCIe Gen 6.0?2026
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