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the difference 11th gen and 12 gen
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Intel 11th-gen vs 12th-gen CPUs in the Framework laptop and deskop

Intel’s 12th Generation of CPUs by the name of “Alder Lake” has taken the PC gaming market by storm. These Alder Lake chips are becoming the primary choices of consumers that want to build a new gaming PC, or upgrade their old machine, beating out both AMD chips and older Intel CPUs available at similar prices. Today, we will be comparing Intel’s 12th Generation vs 11th Generation to see how much of a performance leap Alder Lake provides over the previous Generation.

We will discuss their specifications, microarchitectures, I/O, pricing, and gaming and productivity benchmarks.

General Specifications:

Before we get into the details and benchmarks, let’s look at the basic difference when it comes to 12th Generation vs 11th Generation.

12th Generation 11th Generation
Socket LGA 1700 LGA 1200
Codename Alder Lake Rocket Lake
Architecture Cyprus Cove HybridArchitecture
Max No. of Cores Up to 8 Performanceand Efficiency Cores


Up to 8 Cores
L1 Cache 80 KB per P core,96 KB per E core 80 KB per core
L2 Cache 1.25 MB per P core2 MB per E core 512 KB per core
L3 Cache Up to 30 MB, shared Up to 16 MB, shared
Integrated GPU UHD 770,UHD 730

UHD 710

UHD 750,UHD 730
DMI Version 4.0 (up to x8) 3.0 (x8)
DMI Speed 16 GT/s 8 GT/s
PCI Express 5.0 4.0
Memory Support DDR5, DDR4 DDR4
Thunderbolt 4.0 Supported 4.0 Supported
Max No. of SATA6 GBPs Ports 8 6
Max No. of Displays 4 3
Wi-Fi Support Wi-Fi 6E Wi-Fi 6/Wi-Fi 6E
Launch Date 16th March, 2021 4th November,2021

Intel’s 12th Generation vs 11th Generation

As mentioned above, the most notable change in Intel’s 12th Generation is in the architecture, which involves the splitting of cores into P and E cores. It is also based on a more advanced 10nm manufacturing process known as Intel 7, while the 11th Generation processors are based on a 14nm process. Moreover, there’s support for DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0, and Wi-Fi 6E. Let’s discuss these changes.


Intel Rocket Lake

Rocket Lake is the codename of Intel’s 11th Generation CPU lineup, launched in March, 2021. Unlike Alder Lake, Rocket Lake did not provide any major leaps in performance despite being based on the New Cypress Cove microarchitecture.

the difference 11th gen and 12 gen

Cypress Cove

Cypress Cove is actually just a variant of Intel’s mobile microarchitecture known as Sunny Cove. Sunny Cove, however, is based on a 10nm manufacturing process. Cypress Cove has been backported on the same 14nm manufacturing process that was used in previous Skylake generations. Intel had nothing to advertise in terms of pure performance other than “IPC Improvement.” This was correctly advertised, as Rocket Lake comfortably beats out previous-gen Comet Lake CPUs in performance. The problem is that, they could not compete with AMD’s Ryzen 5000 series.


With a microarchitecture that was originally designated for a 10nm node, Intel had to reduce the number of maximum cores and was limited to up to 8 cores only. The 11900K features 8 cores and 16 threads, while 10900K features 10 cores and 20 threads.

Intel 500 Series Chipset

The Intel 500 series chipsets follow the same pattern as that of the 600 series, introducing us to four chipsets that support the 11th Generation CPUs, Z590, H570, B560, and H510. These motherboards will also support Intel’s 10th Generation (Comet Lake) chips since they’re based on the same socket LGA 1200.

This chipset brought about some noticeable improvements, such as support for USB 3.2 20Gbps, DMI 3.0 x8 with double the bandwidth (16 GT/s), as well as Wi-Fi 6E and Thunderbolt 4. Wi-Fi 6E and Thunderbolt 4 were far from the mainstream when this chipset was launched, and they’re even many 600 series motherboards on which you won’t find them. Another thing is that memory overclocking was extended to the cheaper H570 and B560 chipsets, whereas, memory overclocking was only supported on the “Z” chipsets before.

Gaming and Productivity

Now we’ll look at some gaming and productivity benchmarks and compare the two generations. We will test the i9-12900K, i7-12700K and i5-12600K, and compare them with their direct predecessors: the i9-11900K, i7-11700K, and the i5-11600K, respectively. But before that, a quick overview of how these CPUs differ

12900K vs 11900K

12900K 11900K
Cores (Threads) 8P, 8E (24) 8 (16)
Base Frequency 3.2 GHz for P core2.4 GHz for E core 3.50 GHz
Turbo Frequency 5.2 GHz for P core3.9 GHz for E core 5.3 GHz
Total Cache 30 MB 16 MB
Base Power 125W 125W
Turbo Power 241W NotAdvertised
Price Today $610 388$

12700K vs 11700K

12700K 11700K
Cores (Threads) 8P, 4E (20) 8 (16)
Base Frequency 3.6 GHz for P core2.7 GHz for E core 3.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency 4.9 GHz for P core3.8 GHz for E core 5.0 GHz
Total Cache 25 MB 16 MB
Base Power 125W 125W
Turbo Power 190W NotAdvertised
Price Today $384 $345

12600K vs 11600K

12600K 11600K
Cores (Threads) 6P, 4E (16) 6(12)
Base Frequency 3.7 GHz for P core2.8 GHz for E core 3.9 GHz
Turbo Frequency 4.9 GHz for P core3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz
Total Cache 20 MB 12 MB
Base Power 125W 125W
Turbo Power 150W NotAdvertised
Price Today $279 $215

All these tests are carried out with DDR4 memory, and AMD’s RX 6900XT. The OS is Windows 11.

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