According to a report from Igor’s Lab, Intel will be launching its Alder Lake-S CPUs in late October/early September. However, only the “K” series unlocked processors will be released at first alongside the high-end Z690 motherboards. The lower-end non-K and F series processors along with the H670, B660, and H610 boards will land after CES 2022 in January 2022.
In addition to this, it appears like Intel won’t be able to capitalize on Alder Lake’s PCIe 5.0 support just yet. As it stands, there aren’t any SSDs or GPUs supporting the new transport protocol just yet. So much so that Intel itself has warned its partners with respect to PCIe Gen 5 early support, and isn’t very confident that the third-party vendors can even begin to meet the schedule for the ADL platform with finished products (TTM, Time To Market).
Lastly, motherboard vendors have also managed to delay the onset of the ATX12V0 power connector that Intel has been so hell-bent on adopting with Alder Lake. This means that the standard 24-pin power connectors will continue to be used for the foreseeable future.