New Intel Next-Gen Alder Lake Specs Leaked – LGA 1700 Socket Support & Rectangular PCB Confirmed

First pictures of the Alder Lake Desktop CPU have given us some new insights on design

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A recent leak from the good folks over at VideoCardz has given us a better look at what the upcoming Alder lake CPUs from Intel will look like. The pictures released show us some rather significant changes in the pipeline for Intel’s 12th-generation line of processors, including a new socket and a new platform.

Intel Alder Lake’s New Shape

One of the biggest changes for Intel’s 12th-gen chips is that they will be moving from their traditional square-shaped CPU design to a new rectangular design. The exact dimensions will be 37.5 x 45.0mm compared to the regular 37.5 x 37.5mm of the square-shaped design. With these new dimensions, it does mean that all future CPUs wouldn’t be compatible with existing socket layouts, so new sockets would be required for Alder Lakes-S in the form of the LGA 1700 Socket. The back of the chip is still laid out in the same kind of design with 1700 gold contact pads with an array of caps fused in the middle of the PCB.

Intel Alder Lake’s New Design

The Alder lakes CPUs will be the first to feature a sub 14nm process node, also known as 10nm SuperFin or 10++. Not only this, but they will also be the first mainstream CPU lineup to feature a mixture of smaller “Atom” cores and bigger “Core” cores packaged together. This is why the new design will be rectangular over square. This kind of big.SMALL design has already featured on smartphones for a while now, but this will be the first time it crosses over into the high-performance segment.

Intel CPU FamilyProcessor ProcessProcessor Cores (Max)TDPsPlatform ChipsetPlatformMemory SupportPCIe SupportLaunch
Sandy Bridge32nm4/835-95W6-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 2.02011
Ivy Bridge22nm4/835-77W7-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02012
Haswell22nm4/835-84W8-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02013-2014
Broadwell14nm4/865-65W9-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02015
Skylake14nm4/835-91W100-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4/DDR3LPCIe Gen 3.02015
Kaby Lake14nm4/835-91W200-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4/DDR3LPCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake14nm6/1235-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake14nm8/1635-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02018
Comet Lake14nm10/2035-125W400-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02020
Rocket Lake14nm8/16TBA400/500-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 4.02021
Alder Lake10nm?16/24?TBATBALGA 1700DDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2021
Meteor Lake7nm?TBATBATBALGA 1700DDR5PCIe Gen 5.02022?

Intel Alder Lake Release Date

So far, we don’t have a specific release date for these 12th-gen Intel CPUs, but we do know they are slated for release in the second half of 2021 following on from the recent Comet Lake release, and the Rocket Lake series in early 2021.