Intel desktop CPU rumors: Raptor Lake update 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 have been revealed regarding Intel’s next-generation desktop CPU lineup including Raptor Lake Refresh, Meteor Lake, and Arrow Lake.

Intel gearing up for updated Raptor Lake desktop CPUs in late Q3 2023, Meteor Lake up to Core i7, and Arrow Lake up to Core i9 in 2024

Once again, we have the latest rumor coming from Enthusiast Citizen which talks about at least 3 upcoming Intel Desktop CPU families. They include Intel Raptor Lake Refresh, Meteor Lake, and Arrow Lake. Details can be found below.

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

Intel won’t be away from 13th generation Raptor Lake CPUs for most of 2023. In fact, the company plans to release the Raptor Lake Refresh family in the second half of 2023 or the third quarter to be exact. This family will be based on a slightly improved 10ESF node, allowing the blue team to squeeze 100 or 200MHz more than the chips.

The company will also release its flagship Core i9-13900KS early next year, but that’s not part of the Raptor Lake Refresh family. A small frequency bump may not be noticeable and it won’t make the same kind of gains that AMD is offering with next-generation X3D parts expected in the first half of 2023. The 13th-generation Raptor Lake family will be compatible with the current Intel LGA 1700/1800 socket.

14th Generation Intel Meteor Lake Desktop CPUs (2024)

Intel’s 14th-generation Meteor Lake-S desktop CPUs will take a step back and reduce the number of P-Cores while retaining the number of cores. The set included in the leaked charts includes five different SKU configurations with the best variants featuring up to 22 cores in a combination of 6 P-Cores and 16 E-Cores. The P-Cores on Meteor Lake CPUs will be based on the all-new Redwood Cove architecture while the E-Cores will use the Crestmont design. Both are new and improved architectures as reported by Coelacanth-Dream a few weeks ago.

The full list of configurations includes:

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

In addition to SKUs, we also learn that all SKUs will have at least 4 Xe iGPU cores which will provide 64 execution units or 512 ALUs. That’s 2 Xe Cores less than the DG2-powered Arc A310 graphics card that’s the lowest-level discrete board in the family, but an integrated GPU with that much capability would be on par or even better than the RDNA 2 iGPU on AMD’s Ryzen 7000 Desktop central processing units. Only the top die configuration will have an “open” SKU of 125W while the rest will come in “Non-K” and “T” series with 65W and 35W TDPs.

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

15th Generation Intel Arrow Lake Desktop CPUs (2024)

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

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

Intel desktop CPU core count:

family name total core Total Topics p nuclei electronic colors year
Sandy Bridge 4 8 Unavailable Unavailable 2011
Ivy Bridge 4 8 Unavailable Unavailable 2012
Haswell 4 8 Unavailable Unavailable 2013
Broadwell 4 8 Unavailable Unavailable 2014
Skylake 4 8 Unavailable Unavailable 2015
Lake Kaby 4 8 Unavailable Unavailable 2017
coffee lake 6 12 Unavailable Unavailable 2017
Coffee Lake Refresh 8 16 Unavailable Unavailable 2018
comet lake 10 20 Unavailable Unavailable 2020
Rocket Lake 8 16 Unavailable Unavailable 2021
Alder Lake 16 24 8 8 2021
Lake Raptor 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 configurations feature the top 24 core blocks and the only difference is the TDP itself. SKUs with a lower core count are likely to be derived from these templates. It also appears that Intel has kept 4 Xe Cores from the Meteor Lake lineup, but we expect it to feature an all-new Arc graphics architecture. The 14th generation Meteor Lake chips are based on the TSMC 5nm GPU architecture while the 15th generation Arrow Lake CPUs use the TSMC 3nm graphics architecture, as mentioned here.

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We can’t say for sure if Intel will keep as many ALUs and EUs as the current Alchemist chips on its future integrated GPUs, but Arrow Lake-P parts are expected to offer up to 2,560 Xe Cores which is an increase 5 times more than the integrated GPUs on desktop parts.

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

During the recent investor call, Intel said it is making good progress on its Intel 4 and Intel 3 products. The 14th generation production step of Meteor Lake is scheduled to be delivered this quarter with an increase in volume in 2023 while also expected to be Intel 3 will enter early production by the end of 2023. Note that these are early plans and we’re still years away from launching Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake CPUs.

Comparison of mainstream Intel CPU generations:

Intel CPU family Processor process processor architecture Processor cores/threads (maximum) TDPs podium slides a program Memory support PCIe support release
Sandy Bridge (2nd generation) 32 nm Sandy Bridge 4/8 35-95W 6-Series LGA 1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 2.0 2011
Ivy Bridge (3rd generation) 22nm Ivy Bridge 4/8 35-77W 7-Series LGA 1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2012
Haswell (4th generation) 22nm Haswell 4/8 35-84 W 8-Series LGA 1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2013-2014
Broadwell (5th generation) 14 nm Broadwell 4/8 65-65 watts 9-Series LGA 1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Skylake (6th generation) 14 nm Skylake 4/8 35-91W 100 series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Kaby Lake (7th generation) 14 nm Skylake 4/8 35-91W 200 series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (8th generation) 14 nm Skylake 6/12 35-95W 300 series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (9th generation) 14 nm Skylake 8/16 35-95W 300 series LGA 1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2018
Comet Lake (10th generation) 14 nm Skylake 10/20 35-125 W 400 . series LGA 1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2020
Rocket Lake (Eleventh Generation) 14 nm cypress cove 8/16 35-125 W 500 . series LGA 1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 4.0 2021
Lake Alder (12th generation) Intel 7 Golden Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
16/24 35-125 W 600 . series LGA 1700/1800 DDR5 / DDR4 PCIe Gen 5.0 2021
Lake Raptor (13th generation) Intel 7 Raptor Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
24/32 35-125 W 700 series LGA 1700/1800 DDR5 / DDR4 PCIe Gen 5.0 2022
Meteor Lake (14th generation) Intel 4 Redwood Cove (P-Core)
Crestmont (E-Core)
22/28 35-125 W 800 series? LGA 1851 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2023
Arrow Lake (15th generation) Intel 20 A Lion Cove (P-Core)
Skymont (E-Core)
24/32 To be announced 900 series? LGA 1851 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2024
Moon Lake (16th generation) Intel 18 A to be announced later on To be announced To be announced 1000 series? To be announced DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0? 2025
Lake Nova (17th generation) Intel 18 A to be announced later on To be announced To be announced 2000 series? To be announced DDR5? PCIe Gen 6.0? 2026

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