Editor’s Pick: Hybrid Core Design Powers Next-Gen Computing

Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 performance desktop includes the new 12th-gen Intel Core processors and an updated Intel Z690 motherboard.

Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 performance desktop includes the new 12th-gen Intel Core processors and an updated Intel Z690 motherboard.

The Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 is equipped with Intel 12th-gen Core CPUs, which feature the new Performance Hybrid Core design. Image courtesy of Intel.


Velocity Micro introduces its next-gen performance desktop computers with the Raptor Z55. It comes with the new 12th-gen Intel Core processors and the updated Intel Z690 motherboard. This generation of Intel CPUs—code-named Alder Lake—features a new Performance Hybrid design in the Core line. 

The Performance Hybrid architecture combines Performance Cores (P-cores) and Efficiency Cores (E-cores). Intel says P-cores are optimized to handle single- and multi-threaded software requirements, while E-cores are optimized for scaling single-threaded applications. 

The Raptor Z55 is also equipped with Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0. Intel says this utility identifies the processor’s fastest available cores and directs workloads accordingly.  

To support this hybrid design, Intel equips computers using Alder Lake Core processors with Intel Thread Director, built into the CPU. Intel says Thread Director works with Turbo Boost to prioritize workloads to maximize core usage specifically between P-cores and E-cores. 

Velocity Micro says it equips the Raptor Z55 with various industry standard component options depending on customer need. Image courtesy of Velocity Micro.

Intel says overclocking is more accessible to the end user, due to updates to Intel Extreme Tuning Utility. Both P-cores and E-cores can be overclocked. This utility also supports the new DDR5 4800 RAM. Velocity Micro uses this in the Raptor Z55, and says this new DDR technology supports fast frequencies and high bandwidth.

The Raptor Z55 can accept peripheral devices using PCI Express (PCIe) 4.0 or 5.0. There are 16 lanes for 5.0 and 4 lanes for 4.0.  

Velocity Micro says it equips the Raptor Z55 with various industry standard component options depending on customer need. 

“We were there when  Intel launched the first Core 2 Duo processors in 2006,” says Velocity Micro President and CEO Randy Copeland. “We remain proud to carry on that legacy with the 12th-Gen launch.”

“12th-Gen Intel Core processors are a huge leap forward for high-performance computing and platform innovation,” says Marcus Kennedy, general manager of Gaming and Esports, Intel. “It's always wonderful to work with Velocity to bring this level of performance to their gaming platforms for enthusiasts around the world.”

All Velocity Micro computers are supported and shipped from Richmond, VA. Click here for specific configuration options. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website. 

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