Intel is back in form with the 12th Gen Alder Lake processors launch and the consequent Raptor Lake release. Both these hybrid core processors focused on compute density with core counts of up to 16 and 24, respectively. Team Blue outpaced its Red rival in the multi-threaded segment for the first time. The moar core momentum will take a nap for the next two architectures. The 14th Gen platform will feature two distinct families, namely Meteor and Arrow Lake.
Meteor Lake will come to mobility systems in the last quarter of 2023 and desktop PCs in 2024. It’ll be a mobile-centric architecture with a maximum of only 6 P-cores (down from 8) and 16 E-cores. Tiled (chiplet) packaging will greatly diversify Intel’s outsourcing strategy. The compute (CPU) die will be fabbed on the i4 node, while the iGPU tile will be manufactured on TSMC’s 5nm process node.
The Meteor Lake iGPU tiles will come in GT2 and GT3, featuring 64EUs and 128EUs, respectively. This translates to 64 and 128-vector engines per the Raja-fied lingo for a total of 512 and 1024 ALUs, respectively, which is pretty incredible. For reference, the Arc A380 has the same computing specifications. (medsmarter.com) The Meteor Lake iGPUs are expected to “support” ray tracing, courtesy of the 4 and 8 RT units on GT2 and GT3, respectively.
Arrow Lake will shrink the CPU compute die to 20A and the iGPU to 4nm/3nm (TSMC) with upgrades to both the P and E core architectures. As a desktop-oriented design, you can expect high operating clocks and a return to the 8-core P cluster. It’ll retain the LGA1851 socket launching with Meteor in what will likely be the final hurrah for the platform. Arrow Lake is slated to launch in late 2024 for gamers and enthusiasts PCers.
MTL GT2 64EU
MTL GT3 128EU