Intel launches 12th Gen Intel Core family, including Intel Core i9-12900K as the "world's best gaming" processor 

A few hours ago, Intel unveiled its latest 12th Gen Intel Core processor at the Intel Innovation event. There are also six new unlocked desktop processors, including a new gaming 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900K processor with a max turbo boost of up to 5.2GHz and as many as 16 cores and 24 threads. 

The six unlocked desktop processors launched today are the first based on Intel’s performance hybrid architecture. This features a combination of Performance-cores (P-cores), the highest performing CPU core Intel has built, and Efficient-cores (E-cores), designed for scalable multi-threaded workload performance. Moreover, Intel Thread Director enables the two new core microarchitectures to work seamlessly together by guiding the operating system (OS) to place the right thread on the right core at the right time. 

Intel provided some excerpts of its new performance hybrid architecture and new Intel 7 process technology. From a single-threaded and multi-threaded performance, it enables: 

12th Gen Intel Core processor family 

Available with up to 16 cores and 24 threads, the Core i9-12900K provides up to 25% more FPS on Troy: A Total War Saga, up to 28% more FPS on Hitman 3, and up to 23% more FPS on Far Cry 63. It is enhanced by Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E for up to 75% less latency while gaming when multitasking, high-frequency P-cores paired with E-cores for offloading parallel tasks enable up to 84% more frames per second for simultaneous gaming, streaming, and recording

The new P-Core

With the advancements in multi-threaded performance, it's able to move data at much faster speeds with DDR5 across all types of content creation experience including 

    • Up to 36% faster photo editing performance
    • Up to 32% faster video editing performance
    • Up to 37% faster 3D modelling performance
    • Up to 100% faster multi-frame rendering

The best overclocking experience yet

Enthusiasts and gamers can try these new platform overclocking features as part of the latest Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) 7.5. Starting with the Core i9-12900K, XTU will also support one-click overclocking with Intel Speed Optimizer for unlocked 12th Gen processors. Intel also introduced the latest Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 3.0 with support for DDR5, offering additional profiles, including new rewriteable custom profiles and flexible tuning for memory overclocking

Desktop platforms

For 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, key platform advancements include:

  • DDR5 memory for up to 4800MT/s
  • PCIe 5.0 (up to 16 lanes), which offers up to 2X I/O throughput over PCIe 4.0, with up to an additional four lanes of PCIe 4.0 support
  • Up to 30MB Intel Smart Cache (L3) and 14MB L2 cache for increased memory capacity with reduced latency.
  • Integrated high-speed wireless with Intel Killer Wi-Fi 6E, which combines industry-leading Wi-Fi 6E connectivity with powerful gaming network technology to minimize lag, latency, and packet loss
  • Discrete Thunderbolt 4 universal cable connectivity for external device expansion


Alongside the 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors, Intel also launched the new Intel 600 Series Chipset with advanced features for increased reliability and performance. New PCIe Gen 4.0 lanes make for 28 total lanes off the chipset, integrated USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 provides up to double the bandwidth, DMI Gen 4.0 increases the chipset to CPU throughput for fast access to peripheral devices and networking.

On top of that, the company is bringing Intel Volume Management Device (VMD) to PC chipsets for the first time. This simplifies storage control by allowing direct control and management of NVMe-based SSDs from the PCIe bus without additional RAID controllers or other hardware adaptors. 

Unlocked 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors are available now for pre-order from participating OEMs, channel partners, and retailers. Broad availability will start on 4 November 2021 with more than 140 customers in more than 30 countries expected to add the new processors to their lineups by the end of the year. Pricing starts at $264 (~RM1097) to $589 (~RM2447) for the unlocked desktop processors.  

We should be seeing more of these new 12th Gen Intel Core processors in many laptops and desktops in 2022. Until then, stay tuned for more trending tech news at