Intel 14th Gen Arrow Lake-S Desktop CPUs Based on 2nm (20A) Process Coming in Early 2024 [Rumor]

The launch of the 12th Gen Alder Lake-S processors put Intel back on performance parity with AMD after a prolonged strategy of refresh-refresh-refresh. The 13th Gen Raptor Lake lineup consolidated Team Blue’s position in the client market with an increased focus on compute and gaming performance. Meteor Lake was supposed to follow Raptor in the final months of 2023, with Arrow Lake-S planned for 2024.

According to Benchlife, Intel has altered its desktop roadmap, pushing Arrow Lake-S to the first half of 2024, replacing Meteor Lake-S. Both lineups have been designed for the 800-series chipset. The latter was said to feature up to six performance “P” cores and sixteen “E” cores. Redwood Cove succeeds Raptor Cove, and Crestmont is the successor to Gracemont.

There may have been some changes in Intel’s product planning for desktop computers. The previously rumored Meteor Lake-S, which was expected to launch in the first half of 2024, may be renamed Arrow Lake-S and paired with the Intel 800 series chipset. Both Meteor Lake-S and Arrow Lake-S use the Intel LGA 1851 socket.

According to the source, Arrow Lake-S will maintain a maximum 8P+16E core configuration, while the 6P+16E configuration for MTL-S will be canceled.

The Intel 800 series chipset includes three chipsets: Z890, B860, and H810, while H870 has been canceled. W880 and Q870 are targeted at entry-level workstations and commercial markets, respectively, and both support Intel vPro technology.

Arrow Lake-S will fully support DDR5 memory, with a maximum memory speed of DDR5-6400 MT/s and a maximum capacity of 48GB per module.

It has been confirmed that the previously reported change in PCIe channel numbers is correct. The Z890 platform can have up to 60 Total HSIO channels, including 26 from the CPU and 34 from the PCH. The B860 and H810 platforms have a maximum of 44 and 32 HSIO, respectively.

The DMI 4.0 channel numbers for Intel Z890, W880, and Q870 are 8, while B860 and H810 only have 4.

It is unclear whether these changes in desktop computer planning signify that Intel’s 20A process has completed relevant processes, as Arrow Lake-S uses this process. The expected launch date is in the first half of 2024.


Alongside the Intel 4 process, Redwood Cove and Crestmont were set to debut with Meteor Lake in the final months of 2023. Arrow Lake-S is designed as a full-fledged generation upgrade to Meteor with 8P and 16E cores. Fabbed on the 20A (2nm) process, it will feature the Lion Cove “P” cores and Skymont “E” cores.

If this rumor is true, Meteor Lake-S will be scrapped and replaced with Arrow Lake-S in the first half of 2024. It will support 48GB DDR5 DIMMs with 6400Mbps support out of the box. The Z890 platform will feature up to 60 PCIe lanes, 26 from the CPU and 34 from the chipset. B860 and H810 will come with 44 and 32 PCIe lanes, respectively.

I surmise that Intel’s 14th Gen desktop lineup will launch in two waves. The repurposed Meteor Lake-P (6P + 8E) chips will form the lower and midrange offerings in the first quarter of 2024, while the Arrow Lake-S dies with 24 cores (8P + 16E) will launch sometime in the second or third quarter.

Areej Syed

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