The Geekbench 5 listing for Intel's Alder Lake platform has appeared, which offers us an insight into the large processor cores. The Alder Lake-S will be Intel’s first hybrid x86 desktop processor.
For now, the information available on the platform is quite confusing. Alder Lake-S implements a mix of large Golden Cove and small Gracemont cores, offering potential options for a variety of configurations. For now, we’ve learned that the Alder Lake-S could have up to 12 different versions (as the update for Linux drivers shows).
The processor from the Geekbench 5 test ran on a platform with the upcoming LGA1700 socket. Alder Lake-S should support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory.
The Alder Lake-S has eight cores and 16 threads, suggesting that it has only been tested with large Golden Cove cores, as Gracemont cores do not have Huper-Threading support. The processor from the test records a 3GHz base and boost clock, but it may be because it is an engineering copy. The earlier Alder Lake-S chip appeared with a 4GHz boost clock, but it had 16 cores.
See also: Intel has announced the Tiger Lake H series for laptops, Alder Lake
Unfortunately, the Geekbench 5 listing does not reveal too many significant details about the performance of the Alder Lake-S chip, so it is not known where it is in the CPU Benchmark hierarchy.
Alder Lake, which is based on Intel's 10nm Enhanced SuperFin process, will be in mass production during the second half of the year. It will support LGA1700 motherboards with 600-series chips, as well as DDR5 memory.