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New Intel Alder Lake-S processor appears on Geekbench with eight cores, DDR5 RAM and the new LGA 1700 socket

Intel Alder Lake-S will be based on the company's 10 nm process. (Image source: Videocardz)
Intel Alder Lake-S will be based on the company's 10 nm process. (Image source: Videocardz)
A new Intel Alder Lake-S has surfaced on Geekbench ahead of the platform's release later this year. The processor has eight 'big' cores, uses the LGA 1700 socket and supports DDR5 RAM. Unsurprisingly, the processor does not hold back the performance of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, either.

Someone has benchmarked another Alder Lake-S processor using Geekbench, as spotted by Leakbench. Previously, people have been benchmarking Alder Lake-S processors with hybrid configurations, akin to Intel's Lakefield architecture with its 3D Foveros packaging. This time, an eight-core and sixteen thread model has been benchmarked, as the screenshots below demonstrate.

Based on our sources, this Alder Lake-S processor should have eight Golden Cove cores based on a 10 nm process. This would mean that the processor has only big cores, instead of the big.LITTLE Alder Lake-S configurations that we have seen on Geekbench and other benchmarking websites. Alder Lake-S will have up to eight big cores, so this processor will be one of the most powerful SKUs in the Alder Lake-S product stack.

Additionally, the Geekbench listing confirms that Intel has built Alder Lake-S on its LGA 1700 socket, and has included support for DDR5 RAM. Clock speeds are somewhat irrelevant on engineering samples (ES), so the 2.99 GHz base and maximum frequencies do not reveal much, if anything. The listing states that the processor has 30 MB of L3 cache though, which is in line with what our sources have informed us.

Videocardz asserts that the processor in question does not bottleneck the GeForce RTX 2080. The Turing card averages a score of 106,101 in Geekbench OpenCL 5, which this ES processor outscores by about 1.8%, for reference. However, there are many examples of the RTX 2080 exceeding a score of 110,000 in the same benchmark. 

Intel is slated to release the Alder Lake-S platform in Q4 2021, so we would expect to see Qualification Sample (QS)processors leak sometime during the summer or the autumn. Intel is expected to market Alder Lake-S as the 12 Gen Core-S series, which would follow on from the company's March-bound Rocket Lake-S processors.

(Image source: Geekbench)
(Image source: Geekbench)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-02-23 (Update: 2021-02-23)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.