The 12th generation of Intel processors, codenamed Alder Lake-S, is expected to hit the market in November 2021, according to Wccfetch sources. The informant also said that the date can be changed, due to several variables. The processors that will come with up to 16 cores and 24 threads were presented during CES, in January 2021, and, at the time, were scheduled for the second half of this year.
Other rumors about the processors suggest that they will support DDR5 and DDR4 RAM, leaving compatibility with motherboard vendors. In any case, the idea is that the basic models adopt the current DDR4 standard.
Thanks to the new 10nm lithography and SuperFin transistors, Alder Lake-S processors will have some changes in design and architecture. The manufacturer is using a heterogeneous core design, mixing Sunny Cove performance cores with more efficient Gracemont cores to improve performance by 20% and optimize energy consumption.
The device will still have a rectangular size, making the LGA 1700 socket different from the LGA sockets already on the market. This also means that new coolers will be needed, as the old ones would not be able to fit on the new motherboards.