Intel Alder Lake is a Gluttonous Power Hog – Peak Power Consumption is THROUGH THE ROOF
7 August 2021
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When it comes to Intel’s upcoming 12th generation Alder Lake processors there’s hardly any redeeming qualities about it, aside from the fact that Intel finally intend on utilizing their now cucked 10nm processing node in a full-scale lineup. Because Intel are the sorts of company that loves to boast about their 1onm production now overtaking 14nm production but those yields on 10nm are still fucking abysmal.

The design of Alder Lake is quite simple, it utilizes up to eight full sized cores paired with up to eight “small” Atom cores for “efficiency”. Otherwise known as the “Big.LITTLE” design Intel’s Alder Lake is nothing short of a mobile design that will be packaged for the MSDT (Mainstream Desktop) market.

I have virtually zero hope for Intel given that they’ve regressed from 10-cores down to 8 proper cores. But now with an Atom core injection used to bump core counts with their marketing figures, they prove no purpose but to otherwise preserve battery life in mobile devices.

They can try all they like to rebrand their cancerous dying semiconductor nodes to “Intel 7, 4, 3 and 20A” all they bloody well like. It still doesn’t change the fact that over the next couple of years they themselves will just be another major customer of TSMC.

But leave it to the world’s largest chip manufacturer to somehow fuck things up once again by absolutely shitting on Alder Lakes’ potential efficiency.

This is a power recommendation chart, brought to us by FCPOWERUP curtesy of HXL on Twitter. And what this chart tells us is that despite offering less (full) cores than say the 10th generation Comet Lake processors it would appear that despite harnessing the “advantages” of Intel 7 (10nm) along with the eight small Atom cores for “efficiency” that Alder Lake absolutely eclipses both Comet and Rocket Lakes when it comes to peak (power) current.

Currently Intel have yet to actually release a full fledged 165W TDP part for either of the two older generation processors  but even still it’s marked right there along with your typical “125W, 65W and 35W” TDP values that are more commonplace on Intel processors, despite their actual thermal design power being about as sarcastic as they are now with core counts for Alder Lake CPUs.

When it comes to continuous current for the most part there’s hardly any real changes with Alder Lake apart from those in the 35W sector probably because Intel isn’t literally pushing their 10nm process well beyond its efficiency curve in a desperate attempt to claw back a performance advantage, it’s here where we’ll find a continuous current figure of 132 watts for 35W Alder Lake CPU’s down from 156 watts from prior generations.

You know the likely scenario as to why the continuous current for 35W Alder Lake processors being down by over 15% is probably because Intel will focus moreso on providing low (actual) core counts which are then made up by the cancerous trash Atom cores. Hope to see dual and quad core processors finally make it back into relevancy.

However the peak current for 35W processors has been increased from 198W to 246W which is an improvement of over 24%.

And it’s a similar story for all the other TDP denotations where you’ll find that the 65W tier has increased from a 360 watt peak to 462 watts. That is an increase of 28.33%

125W which currently is the staple for proclaimed high-end MSDT Intel processors where we find a smaller but still disgusting peak current increase from 34 amps to 39 amps, this otherwise translates to 468W up from 408W (an increase of 14.7%).

Funny how the peak current for 125W and 65W CPU’s are practically identical now, probably because Intel intends on shitting out their usual golden chips to send out to reviewers and influencers or probably because Intel themselves have reportedly hired a professional overclocker to provide artificially high performance results of which since have spread over the internet giving tech urinalists a field day with clickbait headlines while chief shill strategist Ryan Shroutstein rubs his hands silently as he begins prepping slides featuring these unobtanium Alder Lake performance metrics.

We’ll find out soon enough but let’s just say I can’t wait to have a reenactment of François Piednoel talking bullshit that if you can’t manage to reach X.X clockspeeds on Alder Lake CPU’s then you clearly don’t know how to PC, as Intel attempt to turn up to the drag strip with their platinum chip top fuel dragster in the factory stock category.

Moving onwards the non-existent 165W tier also had its peak power draw increase by 12.5% to a total of 540W with Alder Lake whereas prior generations would peak at just 480W.

Those Atom cores then, on Intel’s 10nm “SuperFin” node no less…. really doing an excellent job at reigning in on AMD Ryzen’s dominance in all categories, especially efficiency. Intel really do like to play these sorts of tricks what with 250W PL2 states on processors. More rather from the slide above it’s pretty damn obvious that Intel are desperate to claw back their otherwise worthless “gayming performance crown” that they’ve solemnly lost to AMD’s Zen 3 processors among many other things, such as being able to provide 16 proper fully functioning big cores on a mainstream platform without consuming 1.21 gigawatts.

Intel’s Alder Lake is a fucking joke.

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