As we get closer to the launch of Intel’s 12th Gen processors interesting new information is coming to light. A recent MSI Insider livestream contained a few interesting tidbits regarding the existence of at least two different Alder Lake-S dies, as well as a potential issue that may arise when 12th Gen CPUs are cooled with certain heat pipe coolers.
The first wave of 12th Generation CPUs, all of which are high-end, unlocked ‘K’ SKU’s, also all contain Gracemont Efficient Cores. However, it appears as though there will be a different die configuration for processors that lack these E-Cores.
This alternative die will likely appear in future i3 or i5 based models. Something like a six-core/12-thread P-Core only i5 could turn out to be quite the budget gaming CPU. It’s also possible that this die could be harvested to produce quad or even dual core variants.