Intel Meteor Lake to be Limited to Notebooks, Arrow Lake w/ 40 Cores for Desktops [Rumor]

The latest whispers from the industry indicate that Intel will be skipping the Meteor Lake lineup on the desktop platform, launching Arrow Lake instead. Originally, it was believed that Arrow Lake would be the successor to Meteor Lake as the 15th Gen lineup, with the Lion Cove and Skymont core architectures. If this is true, then Intel will be bringing some serious performance improvements with its 14th Gen Core offerings.


The 13th Gen Raptor Lake lineup is slated to succeed Alder Lake in the second half of 2022 with the Raptor Cove core architecture, and an increased efficiency core count. The performance cores will get an IPC uplift while the efficiency cores will be doubled to 16, pushing the overall core count to 24.

With the 14th Gen lineup, Intel is looking to increase its focus on the desktop and DIY markets. While Meteor Lake will launch for mobile platforms in 2023 with the Intel 4 node (leveraging the Redwood Cove and Crestcove core architectures), Arrow Lake will land for the desktop “S” platform the same year along with the Intel 3 node, and the Lion Cove/Skymont core architectures.

Arrow Lake will allegedly push the core count to 40 with 8 Lion Cove and 32 Skymont cores, more than twice as much as Alder Lake. Meteor Lake-P should keep the core count the same as Alder Lake-P, with 6 Redwood Cove cores and 8 Crestmont cores.

Alder Lake (Golden Cove/Gracemont) Q4’21 / Q1’22 – predicted to be competitively weak vs AMD/Apple offerings that time.

Raptor Lake (Raptor Cove / Gracemont) Q3’22 / Q4’22 – 10% CPU perf boost and 8/16 configuration puts intel back on par but expect AMD/Apple to refresh their products as well.

Meteor Lake (Redwood Cove / Crestmont) Q2’23 – Intel’s first true chiplet or tile-based design. Different dies built on TSMC / Intel processes. More of a node shrink with single-digit performance improvements. AMD will again extend the lead with Zen 4+ / 5.

Arrow Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4’23 – Will feature an updated compute tile with 8/32 config for the high end enthusiast products. Might achieve parity with AMD offerings at the time but loses out to Apple in power efficiency.

Lunar Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4’24 – This is the product that will use TSMC 3nm as reported by Nikkei. Big performance jump expected and designed to achieve parity or beat AMD and Apple in both performance and power efficiency.

Nova Lake (Panther Cove [tentative]/ Darkmont) 2025 – This will mark the biggest architectural change in CPU architecture since the Core architecture is introduced in 2006. Intel is working to build entirely new architecture from the ground up much like Ryzen with up to 50% CPU performance improvement from the lunar lake. This is also the reason why Glenn Hinton returned.


Areej Syed

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