The "nm" figures are little more than marketing. Intel's 14nm process is about as dense as others' 10nm, its 10nm process is about as dense as others' 7-8nm and its 7nm process is expected to be about as dense as TSMC's 5nm.Intel really should go directly to 5nm, that is to skip 7nm all together, if it can to catch up with and surpass TSMC
Alder Lake may do well in the mobile space where the small cores will help. On the desktop space, its fairly pointless considering the rumored specs includes Alder Lake for desktop that does not come with any small cores at all. But if one is looking for performance, the lack of faster cores may limit their attractiveness. 8 fast and 8 slow cores for example will not bring them near the multicore performance of a proper 16 core Zen 3 CPU.RocketLake is based off the same MicroArchitecture as TigerLake, and after seeing it go up against Renoir, I'm not impressed.
AlderLake is where Intel has a real chance to catch up.
-8 fast and 8 slow cores for example will not bring them near the multicore performance of a proper 16 core Zen 3 CPU.