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Eight "large" and eight "small" cores in the Intel CPU. Alder Lake desktop processors will be very unusual

As you know, Intel does not have 10-nanometer desktop processors and will not be in the near future. Upcoming new products - the Comet Lake line of CPUs - will not bring any cardinal changes, except for the new socket and the appearance of 10-core models.

Rocket Lake processors following them, according to rumors, will remain on the 14-nanometer process technology, but will receive a new architecture - Intel is allegedly adapting the architecture that will be used in the 10-nanometer mobile Tiger Lake for the 14-nanometer process technology. This should allow the company to finally make the new CPUs really more productive.



But after the Rocket Lake line, Alder Lake processors should come out - the long-awaited 10-nanometer desktop CPUs. True, at best they will come out sometime in 2022.
 
Despite this, we already know something interesting about these processors, and this is really unusual. According to the leak, Alder Lake-S processors will have an unusual configuration of large and small cores.


As you can see, some CPUs have eight "large" cores and eight "small" ones. There is no clarification on this score, but we can recall the Lakefield processor, which has one Ice Lake generation core and four Tremont architecture “atomic” cores. It is possible Alder Lake processors will use a similar configuration, only with more modern architectures.

At the same time, the list also contains CPUs without “small” cores, which is even more strange, since processors with different capabilities and architectures require the appropriate software optimization, and it turns out that some processor models will not be able to use these advantages.

Of the rest, it is important to note the LGA 1700 socket - we also heard about it earlier, so probably the next Intel processor socket after the LGA 1200 will really have 1700 contacts. And it is Alder Lake processors that are likely to be the first desktop CPUs with PCIe 4.0 support, although this is also strange, since initially Intel was planning to introduce support for the new interface back in Comet Lake, but now it turns out that Rocket Lake will not get PCIe 4.0 support either .

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