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Intel's Alder Lake product stack to include 35 W T-series desktop processors ideal for fanless mini PCs

The Alder Lake-T processors seem to be a great fit for passively-cooled mini PCs. (Image Source: Phoronix)
The Alder Lake-T processors seem to be a great fit for passively-cooled mini PCs. (Image Source: Phoronix)
The T-series returns with models that appear to have the same core count as their S-series K counterparts, but the TDP is limited to 35 W, so the core clocks are slightly lower and the overclocking capabilities are gone.

From the big Alder Lake leak shared by MLID this June, we know that Intel plans to launch quite a few sub-families aimed at different product stacks. For desktop PCs, Intel is preparing the S1 and S2-series. Then, laptops would get P1 (higher wattage) and P2 (lower wattage) models, while ultra-thin notebooks get a separate M-series, and palm-sized mini PCs get an N-series. Now, according to Fanless Tech, it looks like the desktop stack may also feature a T-series that comes with the same core configurations as the S-series, but gets slightly lower clocks and no overclocking potential due to TDPs being limited to 35W.

Here is the full list of Alder Lake-T models:

  • i9-12900T: 16 cores (8 big +8 little) -> 24 threads, 30 MB L3, up to 4.9GHz + UHD Graphics 770
  • i7-12700T: 12 (8+4) 20T, 25 MB L3, up to 4.7GHz + UHD Graphics 770
  • i5-12600T: 6 (6+0) 12T, 18 MB L3, up to 4.6GHz + UHD Graphics 770
  • i5-12500T: 6 (6+0) 12T, 18 MB L3, up to 4.4GHz + UHD Graphics 770
  • i5-12400T 6 (6+0) 12T, 18 MB L3, up to 4.2GHz + UHD Graphics 730
  • i3-12300T 4 (4+0) 8T, 12 MB L3, up to 4.2GHz + UHD Graphics 730
  • i3-12100T 4 (4+0) 8T, 12 MB L3, up to 4.1GHz + UHD Graphics 730


If the current Rocket Lake-T models provide any price indication, each T-series model should cost around $100 less than their S-series K (unlocked) counterparts, meaning that the top of the line i9-12900T would cost around $500. Expect these models to hit retailers in early 2022 at the soonest. Thanks to the new big.LITTLE architecture that combines big multi-threaded cores with little energy-efficient cores, the 35 W T-series could easily power silent small form-factor PCs.

 

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Bogdan Solca, 2021-09-17 (Update: 2021-09-17)