Raptor Lake Refresh In 2023, Meteor Lake Up To Core i7 With 6+16, Arrow Lake Up To Core i9 With 8+16 SKUs In 2024

Raptor Lake Refresh In 2023, Meteor Lake Up To Core i7 With 6+16, Arrow Lake Up To Core i9 With 8+16 SKUs In 2024

New rumors regarding Intel’s next-gen desktop CPU lineup including Raptor Lake Refresh, Meteor Lake & Arrow Lake have been disclosed.

Intel Readies Raptor Lake Refresh Desktop CPUs For Late Q3 2023, Meteor Lake Up To Core i7 & Arrow Lake Up To Core i9 In 2024

Once again, we have the latest rumors coming from Enthusiast Citizen who talks about at least 3 upcoming Intel Desktop CPU families. These include the Intel Raptor Lake Refresh, Meteor Lake & Arrow Lake. The details can be found below.

Intel 13th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh Desktop CPU Lineup (2023):

Intel won’t be moving away from its 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs for the majority of 2023. In fact, the company plans on launching a Raptor Lake Refresh family around the second half of 2023, or Q3 to be precise. This family will be based on a slightly optimized 10ESF node, allowing the blue team to squeeze 100 or 200 MHz more out of the chips.

The company will also be launching the flagship Core i9-13900KS early next year but that’s not a part of the Raptor Lake Refresh family. A small bump in frequency may not be noticeable and won’t deliver the same kind of gains that AMD offers with its next-gen X3D parts which are expected in the first half of 2023. The 13th Gen Raptor Lake family will be compatible with the existing Intel LGA 1700/1800 socket.

Intel 14th Gen Meteor Lake Desktop CPU Lineup (2024)

Intel’s 14th Gen Meteor Lake-S Desktop CPUs will take a step back and reduce the number of P-Cores while retaining the number of E-Cores. The lineup listed in leaked charts includes five different SKU configurations with the top variants featuring up to 22 cores in a combination of 6 P-Cores and 16 E-Cores. The P-Cores on the Meteor Lake CPUs are based on the brand-new Redwood Cove architecture while the E-Cores will utilize the Crestmont design. Both of these are new and improved architecture as reported by Coelacanth-Dream a few weeks back.

The full list of configurations includes:

  • Meteor Lake-S 22 (6P+16E) / 4 Xe Cores / 125W TDP
  • Meteor Lake-S 22 (6P+16E) / 4 Xe Cores / 65W TDP
  • Meteor Lake-S 22 (6P+16E) / 4 Xe Cores / 35W TDP
  • Meteor Lake-S 14 (6P+8E) / 4 Xe Cores / 65WTDP
  • Meteor Lake-S 14 (6P+8E) / 4 Xe Cores / 35WTDP

In addition to the SKUs, we also get to learn that all SKUs will feature at least 4 Xe Cores for the iGPU and that’s going to offer 64 Execution Units or 512 ALUs. That’s 2 Xe Cores less than the DG2-powered Arc A310 graphics card which is the lowest-tier discrete board in the family but an integrated GPU with this much capability will be on par or even better than the RDNA 2 iGPU on AMD’s Ryzen 7000 Desktop CPUs. Only the top die configuration will have a 125W “Unlocked” SKU range while the rest will come in the standard “Non-K” and “T” series with 65W and 35W TDPs.

The one thing to note here is that the 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs will only be available in up to Core i7 parts and there will be no Core i9 parts due to the lowered core count. The CPU will retain the Intel 4 (CPU) + TSMC N5 (tGPU) + TSMC N6 (SOC) process nodes.

Intel 15th Gen Arrow Lake Desktop CPU Lineup (2024)

The Intel 15th Gen Arrow Lake-S Desktop CPUs will bring back the 24 cores that we get on Raptor Lake CPUs today. The Arrow Lake-S top die will utilize up to 24 cores which will be a combination of 8 Performance Cores and 16 Efficiency Cores. According to the Enthusiast Citizen, the lineup will only come in Core i7 and Core i9 flavors. The CPU will retain the Intel 4 (CPU) + TSMC N3 (GPU) SKU node layout. It is rumored that the 20A node won’t make its way to the desktop lineup. Following is the full list of SKUs to expect from the lineup:

  • Arrow Lake-S 24 (8P+16E) / 4 Xe Cores / 125W TDP
  • Arrow Lake-S 24 (8P+16E) / 4 Xe Cores / 65W TDP
  • Arrow Lake-S 24 (8P+16E) / 4 Xe Cores / 35W TDP

Intel Desktop CPU Core Count Progress:

Family Name Total Cores Total Threads P-Cores E-Cores year
Sandybridge 4 8 N / A N / A 2011
Ivy Bridge 4 8 N / A N / A 2012
Haswell 4 8 N / A N / A 2013
Broadwell 4 8 N / A N / A 2014
skylake 4 8 N / A N / A 2015
Kaby Lake 4 8 N / A N / A 2017
Coffee Lake 6 12 N / A N / A 2017
Coffee Lake Refresh 8 16 N / A N / A 2018
Comet Lake 10 20 N / A N / A 2020
Rocket Lake 8 16 N / A N / A 2021
Alder Lake 16 24 8 8 2021
Raptor Lake 24 32 8 16 2022
Meteor Lake 22 28 6 16 ~2023
Arrow Lake 24 32 8 16 ~2024

The difference with the Arrow Lake-S lineup is that all of the configurations feature the top 24 core die and the only difference is the TDP itself. It is likely that lower core count SKUs will be derived from these dies. Intel also seems to have retained the 4 Xe Cores from the Meteor Lake lineup but we expect these to feature a brand new Arc graphics architecture. The 14th Gen Meteor Lake chips are based on a TSMC 5nm GPU architecture while the 15th Gen Arrow Lake CPUs will utilize a TSMC 3nm graphics architecture, as we reported here.

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We can’t say for sure if Intel will retain the number of ALUs and EUs as the existing Alchemist chips on its future integrated GPUs but the Arrow Lake-P parts are expected to offer up to 2560 Xe Cores which is a 5x increase over the integrated GPUs on the desktop parts.

We know from previous reports that Intel is preparing a new socket known as “V” that will offer support for at least two generations of desktop CPUs, the Meteor Lake-S and Arrow Lake-S. This LGA 1851 socket will be very similar in dimensions to the existing LGA 1700/1800 socket but will offer more pins and added support for new/enhanced features.

During its recent investors call, Intel said that they are progressing really well on their Intel 4 & Intel 3 products. The 14th Gen Meteor Lake production stepping is scheduled to be delivered this quarter with a volume ramp in 2023 while Intel 3 is also expected to enter the early production phase by the end of 2023. Do note that these are early charts and we are still years away from the launch of Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake CPUs.

Intel Mainstream CPU Generations Comparison:

Intel CPU Family Processor Process Processor Architecture Processor Cores/Threads (Max) PDTs Platform Chipset Platform Memory Support PCIe Bracket Launch
Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen) 32nm Sandybridge 4/8 35-95W 6-Series LGA1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 2.0 2011
Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen) 22nm Ivy Bridge 4/8 35-77W 7-Series LGA1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2012
Haswell (4th Gen) 22nm Haswell 4/8 35-84W 8-Series LGA1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2013-2014
Broadwell (5th Gen) 14nm Broadwell 4/8 65-65W 9-Series LGA1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Skylake (6th Gen) 14nm skylake 4/8 35-91W 100-Series LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Kaby Lake (7th Gen) 14nm skylake 4/8 35-91W 200-Series LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (8th Gen) 14nm skylake 6/12 35-95W 300-Series LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (9th Gen) 14nm skylake 8/16 35-95W 300-Series LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2018
Comet Lake (10th Gen) 14nm skylake 10/20 35-125W 400-Series LGA1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2020
Rocket Lake (11th Gen) 14nm Cypress Cove 8/16 35-125W 500-Series LGA1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 4.0 2021
Alder Lake (12th Gen) Intel 7 Golden Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
16/24 35-125W 600 Series LGA 1700/1800 DDR5 / DDR4 PCIe Gen 5.0 2021
Raptor Lake (13th Gen) Intel 7 Raptor Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
24/32 35-125W 700-Series LGA 1700/1800 DDR5 / DDR4 PCIe Gen 5.0 2022
Meteor Lake (14th Gen) Intel 4 Redwood Cove (P-Core)
Crestmont (E-Core)
22/28 35-125W 800 Series? LGA 1851 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2023
Arrow Lake (15th Gen) Intel 20A Lion Cove (P-Core)
Skymont (E-Core)
24/32 TBA 900-Series? LGA 1851 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2024
Lunar Lake (16th Gen) Intel 18A TBD TBA TBA 1000-Series? TBA DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0? 2025
Nova Lake (17th Gen) Intel 18A TBD TBA TBA 2000-Series? TBA DDR5? PCIe Gen 6.0? 2026

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