Entry-level Alder Lake Pentium G7400 and Celeron G6900 processors show up online

Intel recently formally announced the 12th generation Alder Lake hybrid processors family with some high-end processors like the 125W Core i9-12900K processor designed for gaming.  But we know some low-power parts are also expected, and  @momomo_us recently shared a screenshot showing listings for the boxed version of Intel Pentium Gold G7400 and Celeron G6900 processor.

The screenshot contains limited information revealing the $123 Pentium Gold G7400 comes with a 6 MB cache and clocks at up to 3.70 GHz, while the $91 Celeron G6900 features 4M of cache and a 3.40 GHz maximum CPU clock speed. Both are available in an (FC-)LGA16A package.

Pentium G7400 & Celeron G6900

What we do not know for sure from the screenshot is whether the two processors are indeed part of the Alder Lake family. and media reports like the NotebookCheck.net article that tipped us of the leak suspect they could either be an Alder Lake SoC, or Comet Lake Refresh.  So Let’s investigate.

First, Celeron and Pentium Alder Lake processors were expected based on another leak about the Alder Lake Mobile SKU stack from July with IPP (Pentium) and ICP (Celeron) parts shown at the bottom.

Intel Alder Lake Mobile Hybrid ProcessorsIf true, that would mean both Pentium G7400 and Celeron G6900 are hybrid processors with a fast “performance” core and four power-efficient cores plus 48 EU Intel graphics. But that’s still not enough to confirm the Alder Lake link. There are other clues in the first screenshot with the “ordering codes” BX80715G7400 and BX80715G6900. I could not find them on any stores at the time of writing, and failes to find instructions to decode them, but a Provantage page showed up in my search results with other Intel boxed processors whose ordering code start with “BX80715″…

BX80715 Alder Lake processorsAll those are all Alder Lake processors, and if we look at the ordering codes for boxed processors from other families like the Intel Celeron G6400 Comet Lake processor, whose ordering code is BX80701G6400 , the ordering code suffix is different, in our example “BX80701” for Comet Lake.

The boxed versions of the Pentium and Celeron Alder Lake processor should probably find their way on motherboards, but we should expect soldered versions in entry-level laptops and portable gaming consoles, and maybe in single board computers, systems-on-module, and so on.

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9 days ago

No, I’m pretty sure these CPUs are going to be dual-cores cut down from the smaller non-hybrid desktop die that has a maximum of 6 Golden Cove and zero Gracemont cores. Used in upcoming parts like the 6-core i5-12400 and 4-core i3-12100.

If they were hybrid desktop CPUs with 1 Golden Cove and 4 Gracemont, that would be a lot more interesting. But even as is, these would be stupidly fast dual-cores (compared to an Athlon 3000G or Pentium Gold G6600 for example).

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