The Intel Alder Lake-S is expected later this year, it is the desktop version of the architecture of the same name. As for its launch for laptops we do not know, but it could go in early 2022.
Intel’s Gen 12 already runs games
Through a leak in the CapFrameX database, through ComputerBase, it has been possible to see the first benchmark of the Intel Alder Lake-S to date based on a game, the MOBA of Valve DOTA 2, instead of doing it in the classic synthetic benchmarks. The entry in the database corresponds to April 5, 2021, so we are not facing updated information, since Alder Lake-S is currently in pre-production.
The test was done using an Intel Alder Lake-S CPU running DOTA 2 but with an unknown speed and configuration, the rest of the GPU consists of an NVIDIA RTX 3080 as GPU and DDR5-4800 memory.
The only information we have been able to obtain is a clock speed of 2.2 GHz, which is better than the base clock speed that came out in the sample a few days ago where there was talk of an Intel Alder Lake-S CPU with a base speed 1.8 GHz.
How does the Intel Alder Lake-S perform in DOTA 2?
Well, we really do not know, since we do not know the resolution conditions and level of graphic load that they have obtained with the engineering sample that they have used. Remember that this only helps us to know that the Alder Lake-S are ready for production and that they are capable of playing games, even if they are MOBAs like DOTA 2, a game whose technical demands are not what is said to be high.
The only thing we know? Intel Alder Lake-S gets 119.98 FPS on average in DOTA 2, but we do not know how or under what conditions it does it. We also do not know if the game works in a mixed environment in which the Gracemont and Golden Cove cores share the work or by default the game runs on a specific set of cores.
In smartphones their operating systems have long been designed for heterogeneous configurations of cores in the CPU, but on PC this is not common. So far there has not been a need for a scheduler in the operating system capable of organizing the threads of execution between different types of cores in the same CPU, but from Alder Lake it will exist.
The scheduler is a crucial part of the operating system and a major Windows update is going to be required. It is expected that Windows 10X is already designed for the use of heterogeneous configurations to which AMD will add in a few months. At the moment the only thing Intel can do is a list of recommended processes and applications for each specific kernel type.