Some Intel Alder Lake CPUs could benefit from smartly orientating your cooler

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.

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