An early example of the unreleased 12th generation Intel Alder Lake-S processor for the desktop was discovered in a benchmark for the Dota 2 game. The desktop processor was configured with 32 GB DDR5 memory. According to the benchmark data, the system was equipped with the discrete GeForce RTX 3080 graphics from Nvidia at 4,800 MHz.
According to benchmark data, the entire rig in the game only achieved just under 120 frames per second, with frame rates reaching a maximum of 549 fps and the lowest almost 47 fps. The high performance shows that, despite previous speculation, Alder Lake will actually be suitable for enthusiasts and high-end gaming. Intel's use of heterogeneous cores for the platform's hybrid architecture design had led some speculation that the processor might not be suitable for AAA gaming. However, this doesn't seem to be the case, according to HotHardware.
It is unclear how the processor is configured as the benchmark results did not reveal the core count. The benchmark indicated that the Intel processor clocked at 2.20 GHz. However, it is unclear whether this will be the final frequency when the processor ships.
Previous leaks suggest that a high-end Alder Lake configuration could have up to 16 cores, although Intel's new hybrid processor architecture means that up to eight of those cores are high-efficiency cores and another eight are for high performance. The processor is expected to support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory – although users won't be able to mix and match the different RAM standards on the same rig – and PCIe 5.0 will find its way to Alder Lake as well.
Though Intel didn't reveal an exact date, the chipset was unveiled at CES earlier this year, and the chip maker said Alder Lake will ship by the end of the year. A fall announcement for Alder Lake looks likely, but it's unclear whether the Intel 12th generation platform will face the same supply bottlenecks that plagued the chip industry this year.