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Intel’s next-generation Alder Lake platform is one of the biggest technology launches of the year, and some of Wired2Fire’s latest Intel gaming PCs and workstations are built with Alder Lake technology.

This new platform offers a substantial performance upgrade over Intel’s previous Rocket Lake platform for better gaming performance and faster speeds in design tasks such as video editing and 3D animation.

We’ll explain a few of the new Alder Lake components we’re offering in our workstations and run down just what they have to offer.

12th-Generation Intel Processors

Intel has an initial range of new 12th generation processors, with the Core i5-12600K, Core i7-12700K and Core i9-12900K available now in Wired2Fire systems.

Based on a new, smaller Intel 7 (10nm) process node, meaning greater efficiency and performance, these three new chips outperform competing processors in both single and multi-threaded tasks, making them a great choice for both gaming PCs and workstations.

A major change in the architecture of these new chips is that they offer two types of processor core: ‘E’ cores, that run at a slower clock speed and are designed for efficient background processing, and ‘P’ cores, that are more powerful, running at the maximum Turbo speed of the processor, which will come into use when running more compute-intensive applications (such as detailed 3D games).

Additionally, 12th-generation Alder Lake processors support hyper-threading technology, running two “virtual” cores on each physical processor ‘P’ core.

The Intel Core i9-12900K has 16 cores in total – 8 ‘E’ cores and 8 ‘P’ cores with hyper threading, for a total of 24 threads. The ‘P’ cores run at a base clock speed of 3.2GHz, and 5.2GHz in Turbo mode.

With the best all-round single and multi-threaded performance of the lineup, the 12900K is a solid choice for graphic design and video editing, where applications normally depend on a high thread count.

The Intel Core i7-12700K has 12 cores in total – 4 ‘E’ cores and 8 ‘P’ cores with hyper threading, for a total of 20 threads. The ‘P’ cores run at a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, and 5.0 GHz in Turbo mode.

The Intel Core i5-12600K has 10 cores in total – 4 ‘E’ cores and 6 ‘P’ cores with hyper threading, for a total of 16 threads. The ‘P’ cores run at a base clock speed of 3.7GHz, and 4.9 GHz in Turbo mode.

Offering fantastic single-thread performance, while still packing a real punch in multi-threaded applications, the Core i7-12700K and Core i5-12600K are both great processors for Wired2Fire gaming PCs.

Z690 Chipset

Alder Lake isn’t only about the faster computing performance made possible by Intel’s 12th-generation processors. The platform includes a number of new technologies that offer a big upgrade over previous generations.

At its heart is the Z690 chipset, which is the basis for the motherboards in Wired2Fire’s most powerful Alder Lake gaming PCs and workstations. Z690 uses a new ‘LGA1700’ CPU socket, which means you unfortunately cannot upgrade an older PC with one of the new processors. If you want to use an Alder Lake 12th-generation Intel processor, you’ll need a new motherboard, as included with a Wired2Fire gaming PC or workstation.

Z690 is the first chipset that supports the new, faster DDR5 memory standard. But it also supports DDR4 memory, which can be one way to get an Alder Lake processor for less outlay.

Z690 features PCIe 5.0 for twice the bandwidth of PCIe 4.0, although this is something that only future graphics cards will take best advantage of. However, for now it means you can plug more devices in (such as multiple PCIe SSDs) without reducing the bandwidth available for the graphics card.

Z690 offers native support for more USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20Mbps) USB ports, although the configuration of USB ports depends on the motherboard in your Wired2Fire gaming PC or workstation.

DDR5 memory

New memory standards find their way into our PCs approximately every six or seven years, so the debut of DDR5 memory with Alder Lake is a landmark moment in PC technology. Supporting more memory per DIMM and faster clock speeds, DDR5 is another factor in how Alder Lake offers faster performance than previous generations of Intel technology.

Wired2Fire’s top-end gaming PCs and workstations use DDR5 for the fastest possible performance.

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