Intel 14th Gen RPL-R in Sept: 6.2GHz Boost; Meteor Lake with 128MB Cache in Oct [Report]

Intel plans to launch its 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh this fall. Essentially a rebrand of the 13th Gen Raptor Lake family, expect core clocks of up to 6.2GHz, 200MHz higher than the Core i9-13900KS. In addition to the S series desktop lineup, the high-performance “HX” notebook parts will also be refreshed. For the latter, the all P-core boost clocks will top out at 6GHz, 400-500MHz higher than the 13900K. The all E-core boost will max out between 4.4GHz to 5GHz.

A DLVR (Digital Linear Voltage Regulator) will allow the 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh to boost core clocks without increasing power consumption. MLID expects single-digit single-core and double-digit multi-core performance uplifts over the 13th Gen offerings. Gaming performance should be in line with the Ryzen 7000X3D chips.

Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake

Raptor Lake-R and Meteor Lake-P will launch around the same time for desktops and notebooks in Q3 2023. The latter will get the Core x Ultra nomenclature, while the former will retain the traditional naming scheme. We’re looking at 6 Redwood Cove “P” cores and 8 Crestmont “E” cores with a 2P+ 8E die planned as well.

The 45W Meteor Lake-H processors will boost as high as 5.4GHz, while the 28W U-series chips ought to have an upper limit of 5.2GHz. The iGPU tile on the Core i7 SKUs will feature 1,024 shaders across 128 EUs, with the lower-end variants topping out at 96 EUs (768 ALUs).

There’s talk of a fat cache tile dubbed Adamantine placed below the GPU/SoC tiles using Foveros 3D stacking. As per MLID, 128MB slices are planned for certain higher-end Meteor Lake-P parts, with 512MB prototypes being tested in labs. The CPU compute die will be fabbed on the Intel 4 process, iGPU tile on TSMC’s 4nm (N4), and the SoC tile on a mature internal node.

Arrow Lake will arrive for desktops and notebooks in the last quarter of 2024. The CPU compute tile will be fabbed on the 20A node, while the iGPU die will be manufactured on TSMC’s 3nm (N3) node. The core counts will be the same as Alder/Raptor Lake, with 8 Lion Cove “P” and 16 Skymont “E” cores. The former will offer a significant uplift over Redwood Cove and deliver flagship gaming performance when paired with the L4 cache.

Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake will feature powerful iGPUs, roughly on par with entry-level dGPUs such as the GTX 1650 and the RTX 3050. Consequently, multiple lower-end discrete graphics solutions will be discontinued in the coming years.

Areej Syed

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