Alder Lake-S is considered by Intel as standard. DOTA 2 runs there without the slightest problem.
With the arrival of the Apple M1 processors, Intel must quickly reinvent itself. This renovation is already underway and it’s called Alder Lake-S, and it’s a 12th generation processor that’s bringing a lot of changes, even in the architecture. This does not change the fact that it is very effective in the game.
Alder Lake-S, le futur d’Intel
Announced at CES 2021, Alder Lake-S is announced as the future of Intel, as well as a potential answer to the ARM architectures we find mainly on our smartphones and tablets, as well as on our computers now. Apple’s adoption of this architecture should speed up implementation on our desktop devices.
Lake Alder has many features. PCI Express 5.0 will be heavily introduced and will be compatible with DDR5 RAM, but the main difference comes from the architecture. It has a large 10nm design, which means that it combines both performance-oriented cores, as well as cores designed for light duty and energy saving, which makes it possible to extend the autonomy of the machines equipped with it.
Until the arrival of the Apple M1, the ARM architecture was not clearly visible on the PC, being ineffective and limited in many areas, especially in terms of game compatibility. However, Apple has proven otherwise The iGPU can compete with the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti and the Radeon RX 560. So Intel must prove that it can deliver an answer that can be independent and lightweight, yet capable of running games and heavy tasks.
And at this point, Alder Lake-S appears to be fully capable. The first chip benchmark seen on CapFrameX shows that Alder Lake-S is actually running a DOTA 2 at an average of 120 fps in the prototype case. Be warned though that he’s not alone in this feat, it does come with him GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. Because yes, Alder Lake is not a fully integrated SoC, but a simple CPU. Additionally, the game’s render quality has not been determined.
The official introduction of this new CPU is expected at the end of this year, around November 2021.