Intel has begun shipping Alder Lake-P processors to laptop manufacturers

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To recap: Intel's Alder Lake-P is still very much a mystery at this point, but the company has already begun shipping new CPUs to laptop makers looking to incorporate them into their designs.  If the leaked benchmarks are anything to go by, these new processors could even compete with Apple's M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets...at least in terms of performance.

Intel Alder Lake-S CPUs have brought some great new options for those looking to upgrade their desktops. The Core i5-12600K is a better value than AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X if you ignore the motherboard price, and now there's a new king of desktop performance in the form of the Core i9-12900K.

Rumors say non-K 12th Gen Intel CPUs will break cover in January 2022, and that wave includes the much-awaited Core i5-12400 - a processor that might even be worth the price. Better value than Core i5-12600K, no later CPU DRM incompatibility. None of these processors have any (effective) Gracemont cores, which should also make them a solid choice for those looking to stick with Windows 10 until it runs out of support.

As for the laptop Alder Lake-P processors, it's still unclear when we might see them in action. The only thing we know is that they have been passed on to laptop manufacturers to incorporate into their upcoming designs. Gregory Bryant, executive vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel, confirmed today and congratulated the teams on making it happen.


Thanks to the official developer guide, we know that the Alder Lake-P CPUs will include SKUs that were formerly part of the U and H subfamily. The lower end mobile parts will integrate the two. P cores and 8 E cores, and higher-end parts will combine 6 P cores and 8 E cores. They will all be paired with the Intel Xe graphics engine with 96 execution units, despite the clocks. Acceleration may vary between models.

At this point, performance is still a mystery, but higher core counts will likely result in higher performance in multithreaded workloads when compared to Tiger Lake parts.

A couple of weeks ago, we saw benchmarks surfaced online for two upcoming Core i9-12900H Alder Lake-P engineering models, and they showed up to twice the performance of their Tiger Lake counterparts, not to mention slightly higher performance than Apple's M1 Pro and M1 Max chipsets.

With a bit of luck, we'll just have to wait until CES 2022 to hear more about Alder Lake-P. Either way, it will be interesting to see how it performs against AMD's Ryzen 7 5800H and if Intel can leverage its new hybrid architecture for longer battery life and higher sustained performance in heavy workloads.

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