Intel Alder Lake-S to get 20 percent higher single-threaded performance?

Posted on Monday, March 22 2021 @ 12:00 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A couple of Intel-related news items! First up, there's more news about the future Alder Lake-S architecture. Next week we'll see the product availability of the 11th Gen Core "Rocket Lake-S" desktop processors and towards the end of this year, the chip giant will reportedly deliver Alder Lake-S, the first 10nm desktop architecture.

Alder Lake-S offers up to 20% higher single-threaded performance

VideoCardz 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.

Alder Lake slide

No support for existing coolers

As 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 info

Alder 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.

Intel 600 series slide

ASUS DG1 cards only compatible with two motherboards

Twitter 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.

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