Intel recently announced its 12th Gen Alder Lake desktop processors. The first 12th Gen Intel CPUs will be high-end processors that feature Gracemont Efficient cores. These will be K SKUs. An MSI Insider Livestream shared information on two different types of 12th Gen Intel CPUs that don’t have Gracemont Efficient Cores.
These chips could have a different die configuration than their K-Series siblings. They’re speculated to be Core i3 or i5 models that could feature six cores and 12 threads. A potential processor could be a Core i5 chip with six cores and 12 threads. If that CPU only has performance cores rather than a combination of performance and efficiency cores, it could be one of the best CPUs for gamers on a budget.
PC Gamer notes that the dies could also be harvested to produce quad or dual-core variants.
While Intel only officially announced its 12th Gen chips recently, it’s likely been in contact with major PC part manufacturers for quite some time. As a result, newer hardware should be compatible with any upcoming CPUs.