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The latest Intel driver discloses the 600 series chipset for Alder Lake CPU

Intel is preparing for the company’s 12th generation Alder Lake processor.Found by a hardware detective Oversized, The latest chipset driver (10.1.18836.8283) of the chip manufacturer already supports the 600 series chipset designed for the upcoming hybrid desktop chip.

Intel’s last HEDT (high-end desktop) chipset was X299, which came out in 2017, so Intel has ignored the HEDT segment for some time. The driver lists the X699 chipset, so it appears that Intel is returning to the HEDT field. The X-series product line always puts performance first, so it will be interesting to see if Alder Lake’s heterogeneous design can be adapted.

Thanks to the combination of Golden Cove and Gracemont core, Alder Lake arrives in multiple configurations. So far, the highest-end Alder Lake part has a total of 16 cores, 8 Golden Cove cores and 8 Gracemont cores. The X699 chipset seems to indicate that Intel may be developing SKUs with higher core counts for the HEDT market.

Intel chipset driver (Image source: techy’s hardware)

At the same time, the Z690 chipset is Alder Lake’s flagship mainstream chipset. As usual, it supports overclocking and other bells and whistles that Intel has prepared for more demanding users. Alder Lake K series parts, such as Core i9-12900K It is a clear candidate for the Z690 chipset. On the other hand, yhe H670 and B660 chipsets cater to budget consumers, while H610 chipsets lay the foundation for entry-level.



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