Intel is reportedly going to launch its upcoming 12th gen Alder Lake-S processors and its accompanying LGA1700-based top-end Z690 motherboards towards the end of the year on November 19, according to a report from Wccftech. The site alleges that its sources have confirmed this development and the new CPUs, as well as compatible motherboards, will in fact be readily available for purchase.
Alder Lake-S is Intel's 12th gen Core i series desktop processor family and the company is diverging from its usual design philosophy for its Core lineups and moving towards a hybrid Big-Bigger design called Performance Hybrid architecture, where it is marrying its big cores (P-cores) with its smaller efficient cores (E-cores). While Intel introduced this approach with Lakefield CPUs, the firm says it is making sure the surrounding software is also ready to take advantage of the new design with Alder Lake.
The company confirmed during its Architecture Day 2021 event that Alder Lake and the Windows 11 OS are built around each other for optimal performance. Intel also recently updated its official overclocking and tweaking tool called Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) with optimizations for Alder Lake.
Some early benchmark numbers for the flagship Alder Lake-S SKU dubbed Core i9-12900K have also leaked which gives us some hint of what the performance could be like. We would likely know more about it once it launches and possibly earlier too in an upcoming event dubbed "Innovation" that Intel is holding on October 27th-28th.