In Intel’s media session, a visual demo of Thread Director was presented. This demo shows what cores are active when a certain workload is applied. Thread Director is the important catalyst that makes Intel’s hybrid architecture work by talking to the OS and letting it know which to cores to use.
Intel states that they’ve analyzed usage scenarios and has worked closely with Microsoft to engineer Windows 11 to work harmoniously with a hybrid architecture. Intel does state that Linux and Chrome OS Thread Director are still in-development but states that Alder Lake is aware enough to utilize the most optimum core utilization. Windows 10 is also stated to have a great experience. Intel is adamant about not setting hard affinity on the cores.