Intel is introducing new hybrid architecture to its CPU with Alder Lake. However, the hybrid CPU idea is not new. After the Apple M1 chip, Intel is the second one to use a hybrid design in computing chips.
The announcement date of 12th gen Alder Lake is October 27, and the launch date, including reviews and sales, is November 4.
High-end SKUs will launch in Core i9, Core i7, and Core i5.
- Core i9-12900K and 12900KF
- Core i7-12700K and 12700KF
- Core i5-12600K and 12600KF
- Intel Z690 chipset
Pat Gelsinger is very confident about the performance of the new Alder Lake. Moreover, rumors and leaks also suggested that Alder Lake is far ahead of the Ryzen 5000 CPU.
Intel Alder Lake will End AMD’s Superiority
Gelsinger said in an exclusive interview with CRN:- “AMD has done a solid job over the last couple of years. We won’t dismiss them of the good work that they’ve done, but that’s over with Alder Lake and Sapphire Rapids,”
After, Pat Gelsinger was appointed as the CEO of Intel Company. The company has made many changes for the benefit. Intel still holds up to 80% of the market share, including consumers, servers, etc.
Moreover, the company decided to rename its process node. Previously called 10nm Enhanced SuperFin is now Intel 7, and 7nm is now Intel 5, etc. We all know that Intel was struggling with the 10nm process yields, but the 10nm process is more advanced and equal to TSMC 7nm.
Intel and Microsoft collaborated to optimize the new Windows 11 operating system according to the hybrid design. The OS optimization is necessary so that the application or any task uses the right cores every time.
You wouldn’t want your games accidentally run on efficient cores (E-Cores) rather than performance cores (P-Cores). And the low power background task started utilizing a performance core. To avoid that OS scheduler needs to run properly, and Intel also added a Thread Director mechanism to smooth up things.
We have recently seen some side effects of Windows 11 OS on AMD Ryzen CPUs. Windows 11 reduced up to 20% performance of Ryzen CPU. However, AMD is working with Microsoft to resolve this issue, and sooner or later, it will be resolved.
The impact on Ryzen CPU shows that some major changes have been made to the Windows OS that would benefit Alder lake hybrid CPU.
On the other hand, AMD is not sitting ideal. They are working on 3D V-cache that they showcased in Computex 2021 that helps to increase up to 15% performance. Will probably be released in Q1,2022.
Many factors will affect the market share of both companies. Intel’s aggressive price and performance will be a game-changer. AMD, since the Ryzen 5000 launch, started charging a higher premium than Intel.
Undoubtedly, Intel has made a substantial amount of changes, both inside and outside the company. But defeating AMD would be not easy.
Intel CEO Hopes To Get Back Apple Business
In an interview on “Axios on HBO,” Gelsinger said – he doesn’t blame Apple for dropping Intel and deciding to make its own chips.
“Apple decided they could do a better chip themselves than we could,” he said. “And, you know, they did a pretty good job. So what I have to do is create a better chip than they can do themselves. I would hope to win back this piece of their business, as well as many other pieces of business, over time.”
Apple M1 chip uses ARM architecture, whereas Intel uses the x86 architecture. With the M1 chip, Apple has achieved more than desired performance for the MAC platform, at least more than Intel used to give.
Also, inducting the M1 chip has helped to reduce the device sizes by making it more compact. On the software side, Apple has built several things to enable a seamless transition from Intel x86 to the M1 ARM chip.
Once a company switches to its in-house chip, it’s nearly impossible to go back. Beyond that, there’s no reason for Apple to switch back. With the recent M1 Pro and M1 Max, the performance has gone up even more.