Raptor Lake Refresh in 2023, Meteor Lake to Core i7 with 6+16, Arrow Lake to Core i9 with 8+16 SKUs in 2024

New rumors about Intel’s next-gen desktop CPU lineup including Raptor Lake Refresh, Meteor Lake, and Arrow Lake have been released.

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

Once again we have the latest rumors from Enthusiast Citizen talking about at least 3 upcoming Intel desktop CPU families. These include Intel Raptor Lake Refresh, Meteor Lake, and Arrow Lake. The details are below.

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

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

The company will also launch the flagship Core i9-13900KS early next year, but it’s not part of the Raptor Lake Refresh family. A small increase in frequency may be imperceptible and won’t deliver the same gains AMD is offering with its next-gen X3D parts expected in the first half of 2023. The 13th Gen Raptor Lake family will be compatible with the existing Intel LGA 1700/1800 socket.

14th Gen Intel 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 maintaining the number of E-cores. The lineup featured in leaked charts features five different SKU configurations, with the top variants sporting up to 22 cores in a combination of 6 P cores and 16 E cores. The Meteor Lake CPUs’ P-Cores are based on the brand new Redwood Cove architecture, while the E-Cores use the Crestmont design. Both are new and improved architectures, as Coelacanth-Dream reported a few weeks ago.

The full list of configurations includes:

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

In addition to the SKUs, we also learn that all SKUs will have at least 4 Xe cores for the iGPU and will offer 64 execution units or 512 ALUs. That’s 2 Xe cores fewer than the DG2-powered Arc A310 graphics card, which is the lowest discrete board in the family, but an integrated GPU with that 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 series, while the rest will be available in the standard Non-K and T series with 65W and 35W TDPs.

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

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

The 15th Gen Intel Arrow Lake-S desktop CPUs will bring back the 24 cores we get on Raptor Lake CPUs today. The Arrow Lake-S top die uses up to 24 cores, which are 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 keeps the SKU layout of Intel 4 (CPU) + TSMC N3 (GPU). The 20A node is rumored to not make its way into the desktop lineup. Below is the full list of SKUs to expect from the lineup:

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

Intel Desktop CPU Core Count Progression:

Surname total cores total threads P nuclei E cores Year
SandyBridge 4 8th N / A N / A 2011
Ivy Bridge 4 8th N / A N / A 2012
Haswell 4 8th N / A N / A 2013
Broadwell 4 8th N / A N / A 2014
sky lake 4 8th N / A N / A 2015
Kaby Lake 4 8th N / A N / A 2017
coffee lake 6 12 N / A N / A 2017
Coffee Lake refreshment 8th 16 N / A N / A 2018
comet sea 10 20 N / A N / A 2020
Rocket Lake 8th 16 N / A N / A 2021
Erlensee 16 24 8th 8th 2021
Raptor Lake 24 32 8th 16 2022
meteor sea 22 28 6 16 ~2023
arrow lake 24 32 8th 16 ~2024

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

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We can’t say for sure if Intel will keep the number of ALUs and EUs like 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 5- fold increase over the equivalent integrated GPUs on the desktop parts.

We know from previous reports that Intel is preparing a new socket called “V” that will provide support for at least two generations of desktop CPUs, 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 with more pins and additional support for new/enhanced features.

During its recent investor call, Intel said they are making really good progress with their Intel 4 and Intel 3 products. The 14th Gen Meteor Lake production stage is scheduled to ship this quarter with a volume ramp in 2023, while Intel 3 is also expected to enter early production by late 2023. Note that these are early charts and we are still years away from the launch of the Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake CPUs.

Comparison of Intel mainstream CPU generations:

Intel CPU family processor process processor architecture Processor cores/threads (max.) TDP’s platform chipset platform memory support PCIe support begin
Sandy Bridge (2nd generation) 32nm SandyBridge 4/8 35-95W 6 series LGA1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 2.0 2011
Ivy Bridge (3rd generation) 22nm Ivy Bridge 4/8 35-77W 7 series LGA1155 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2012
Haswell (4th generation) 22nm Haswell 4/8 35-84W 8 series LGA1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2013-2014
Broadwell (5th generation) 14nm Broadwell 4/8 65-65W 9 series LGA1150 DDR3 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Skylake (6th Generation) 14nm sky lake 4/8 35-91W 100 series LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2015
Kaby Lake (7th Generation) 14nm sky lake 4/8 35-91W 200 series LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (8th generation) 14nm sky lake 6/12 35-95W 300 series LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2017
Coffee Lake (9th generation) 14nm sky lake 8/16 35-95W 300 series LGA1151 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2018
Comet Lake (10th generation) 14nm sky lake 20.10 35-125W 400 series LGA1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 3.0 2020
Rocket Lake (11th Gen) 14nm Cypress Bay 8/16 35-125W 500 series LGA1200 DDR4 PCIe Gen 4.0 2021
Alder Lake (12th generation) Intel7 Golden Bay (P-Core)
Gracemont (E core)
16/24 35-125W 600 series LGA1700/1800 DDR5/DDR4 PCIe Gen 5.0 2021
Raptor Lake (13th generation) Intel7 Raptor Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E core)
24/32 35-125W 700 series LGA1700/1800 DDR5/DDR4 PCIe Gen 5.0 2022
Meteor Sea (14th Gen) intel 4 Redwood Cove (P core)
Crestmont (E core)
22/28 35-125W 800 series? LGA1851 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2023
Arrow Lake (15th generation) Intel 20A Lion’s Bay (P-Core)
Skymont (E core)
24/32 TBA 900 series? LGA1851 DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0 2024
Mondsee (16th gen) Intel 18A open TBA TBA 1000 series? TBA DDR5 PCIe Gen 5.0? 2025
Nova Lake (17th generation) Intel 18A open TBA TBA 2000 series? TBA DDR5? PCIe Gen 6.0? 2026

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