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The End of Intel's 14nm Era: Core i9-12900KS and 10th Gen Core Processors Discontinued

kyojuro 7/6/2024

Recently, Intel issued a new Product Change Notice (PCN) announcing the discontinuation of several processors, including the Core i9-12900KS (Alder Lake) and the 10th generation Core. Customers can place orders until January 24, 2025, with final shipments scheduled by July 25, 2025.

Intel Processor

Intel launched the Core i9-12900KS processor in March 2022, and it became available in China on April 5, 2022, with a debut price of $5,699 USD. Designed for high-end and overclocking enthusiasts, the processor is manufactured using the Intel 7 process. It features eight Golden Cove architecture-based performance cores and eight Gracemont architecture-based energy-efficient cores, with a 16-core and 24-thread configuration. It has a maximum turbo frequency (RWI) of up to 5.5 GHz, supports Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, and includes Intel Adaptive Boost Technology (Intel ABT) for an optimal gaming experience.

In May 2023, Intel updated the packaging for the Core i9-12900KS processor. The new packaging omits the yellow plastic wafers found in the original packaging and is both smaller and more aligned with the standard design of the regular version, while still retaining the "Special Edition" lettering.

Processor Packaging

The 10th generation Core (Comet Lake) processors were released in the second half of 2020. Now, up to 30 models are being discontinued, including all non-K-series models. The K-series models will be discontinued by the end of 2023. This discontinuation also affects various Xeon, Pentium, and Celeron branded products. Most of Intel's current shipments focus on 12th-generation Core (Alder Lake) and later models, so sales are expected to remain largely unaffected.

With the earlier discontinuation of the 11th generation Core (Rocket Lake) and the remaining 10th generation Core processors, this move effectively ends the 14nm era for desktop processors.

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