Hardware blogger YuuKi_AnS has revealed that still unreleased samples of Intel's previously unreleased Alder Lake chips are sold in China (via Tom & # 39; s Hardware.) The top of the Intel Alder Lake battery, the Core i9 12900K seems to command prices of more than $ 1,000, though that’s no indication of PVP, and it depends on what the market can support for the unreleased hardware.
The fact that these tokens are being sold is not particularly surprising: this kind of thing has already happened before, and it certainly won't be the last time it happens. It’s more the fact that these rating samples (QS) are already there, indicating that Alder Lake is longer in its life than some suspected.
The reason Alder Lake is gaining so much interest is because it is a very different type of chip for desktop computing, with a so-called big.LITTLE hybrid design that Arm has made so popular in smartphones. ligents. Essentially, Alder Lake includes two different types of cores: the large Golden Cove cores are extensions of what we currently use, while the smaller, more efficient Gracemont cores come from the Intel Atom lineage.
The high-end Core i9-12900K has eight of each type, though only traditional cores have HyperThreading, so expect an unusual count of cores and threads, such as 16-core and 24-wire chips. The fact that K final also indicates that it is an unlocked CPU, although these two different types of kernels could also generate some interesting overclocking shenanigans.
The key to Alder Lake is actually the Windows scheduler, which dictates which kernels to use for which tasks. This probably explains why there are samples like these that do the rounds, as developers need access to the hardware to make sure the chips work optimally.
Alder Lake is generally expected to be released before the end of the year, although this is exactly the case for no one. We’ve had some rumors pointing to an October release, while others say November is pretty firm. Officially, all we know is that Intel is aiming for the second half of the year.