Intel has allegedly canceled its 14th Gen Meteor Lake-S processors after all. This isn’t the first time such a report has surfaced. In fact, these desktop chips have been a topic of discussion for quite some time. Based on the Intel 4 (4nm) process, Meteor Lake was set to form the first wave of 14th Gen chips, featuring the Redwood Cove “P” and Crestmont “E” core architectures.
According to the latest news from @OneRaichu (Twitter), the 14th Gen Meteor Lake-S desktop processors have been canceled for good. Previously, it was presumed that the H series mobile die would be repurposed to form the midrange Meteor Lake-S desktop family. The higher-end lineup would consist of a Raptor Lake-S Refresh, rebadged as the 14th Gen lineup.
If this report is true, then Intel’s desktop platform won’t get a proper upgrade for quite some time. A simple refresh/rebadge with factory overclocks won’t do much for real-world performance, and I highly doubt that Arrow Lake-S will land anytime before summer 2024 (at the earliest).
Meteor Lake-S has likely been canceled because of 4nm (Intel 4) yield issues, prompting the chipmaker to focus on the lucrative notebook market first. We saw something similar with the Intel 10nm-class nodes (now renamed Intel 7). 10th Gen Ice Lake never came to desktops or high-performance notebooks, while 11th Gen Tiger Lake was substituted by a 14nm backport (Cypress Cove), codenamed Rocket Lake, with reduced cores.
The source believes that Meteor Lake-S will be replaced by a 6P+8E Arrow Lake die fabbed on the 20A (2nm) process node. Considering the low count, we can safely assume these will be the Core i3 and i5 offerings. It’s unclear whether they’ll be launched ahead of their higher-end counterparts or simultaneously. I’m willing to bet we won’t see Arrow Lake until the summer of 2024.