Alder Lake-S offers up to 20% higher single-threaded performanceVideoCardz got its hands on more exclusive slides. First up, there's a slide that details some of the key features of the Alder Lake-S architecture. Alder Lake-S uses a hybrid architecture with up to eight high-performance Golden Cove cores and up to eight energy-efficient Gracemont cores.
The leaked slide reveals the new architecture promises up to 20 percent higher single-threaded performance, but it's unknown which chip is used as a comparison base. It could be Rocket Lake or Tiger Lake.
Alder Lake supports both PCI Express 4.0 and PCI Express 5.0, and will support both DDR4 and DDR5. The laptop version of Alder Lake will also support LPDDR5 and LPDDR4.
No support for existing coolersAs we've already covered before, Alder Lake-S will be the first processor to use the new LGA1700 socket. Alder Lake-S has a new rectangle shape and will not be compatible with existing LGA115x or LGA1200 cooling solutions.
First Intel 600-series chipset infoAlder Lake-S will be launched alongside the 600-series chipset. Motherboards will support up to dual-channel DDR5-4800 memory. It's believed that the Z690 will get support for the new (and more expensive) DDR5 memory, whereas cheaper 600-series motherboards will continue to rely on the widely available DDR4. This will ensure some more flexibility to ensure a smooth launch. PCI Express 5.0 will be offered with up to 16 lanes and also 4 PCI Express 4.0 lanes.
ASUS DG1 cards only compatible with two motherboardsTwitter user momomo_us discovered details about the ASUS DG1-4G, a new entry-level discrete video card based on the Intel DG1 GPU. This model has 80 execution units and features 4GB LPDDR4 memory with a frequency of 4266MHz.
ASUS also confirms earlier news about limited motherboard compatibility. The ASUS DG1-4G's specification sheet says it's exclusively compatible with the ASUS PRIME H410M-A/CSM and Pro B460M-C/CSM motherboards.
Overall, this is a niche product that's best avoided. From all we've seen so far, the DG1 performs very poorly.
ASUS DG1-4Ghttps://t.co/5CFJ53pv1Z— 188? (@momomo_us) March 20, 2021