In Word: Alder Lake CPUs for desktops are almost here, but it’s still unclear if Intel wants to release moving parts at the same time or space the two versions apart. The rumors and leaks so far point to the period from November 2021 to April 2022, and it appears that the Alder Lake-M and Alder Lake-S CPUs could come with GT3 Xe graphics solutions.
Intel’s first batch of Alder Lake processors for desktops will go out of coverage in the coming weeks, and we’ve already seen major leaks for everything from specs, benchmarks, motherboard chipsets, new stock coolers, as well. like what to expect in terms of prices. from various retailers, including Amazon.
The company has talked a lot about general architecture improvements at Alder Lake during Architecture Day 2021, but didn’t go into much detail, especially when it comes to its upcoming portable and ultrabook processors. Fortunately, a new leak detected by a Twitter user @Komachi_Ensaka in a new patch coreboot offers an idea of the integrated graphics that will be found on the Alder Lake-M chips.
Previously another coreboot patch revealed that Intel could have up to four categories of Alder Lake CPUs for mobile devices, with Alder Lake-M being the ultra-low power offering with a TDP of just 9 watts and a high-end configuration with two Golden Cove cores (performance) and eight Gracemont cores. (efficiency).
The new coreboot patch includes references for “INTEL_ADL_M_GT3”, probably the Intel Alder Lake Mobile GT3 Xe solution, as well as references to GT1 and GT2. GT3 will have 96 execution units that are now called Vector Engines, and we hope to see it in high-end Alder Lake-M CPUs. Low-end parts in that segment will use a different configuration with 64 or 48 execution units.
For Alder Lake-S CPUs, it looks like Intel will stick with GT1, which is essentially the same UHD Graphics G1 engine that Intel has used in its 10th Gen Ice Lake-U parts carried over to the new Intel 7 compute node. , Alder Lake-P CPUs will come with integrated GT2 or GT3 graphics solutions with 96 execution units based on the Xe LP architecture.
Intel may bring back the Iris Pro branding for high-end integrated graphics under the usual GT3 moniker, but it’s too early to say for sure. As for when we can expect to see the first Alder Lake CPU laptops, a separate leak related to the production schedule of these pieces suggests that we will see them in the schedule from November 2021 to April 2022.