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Intel 14th Gen Release in October, 15th Gen Arrow Lake-S to Use TSMC’s 3nm Node [Report]

According to a new set of rumors from the Chinese Bilibili forums, Intel will launch its 14th Gen Core processors in the last quarter of this year. ECSM_Official, a well-known tipster and reviewer from the subcontinent, claims that the 14th Gen desktop CPUs, otherwise known as the Raptor Lake-S Refresh, will hit retail shelves starting in October. The higher-end K-series chips will be rolled out in October, followed by the non-K budget offerings from November to December.

The 14th Gen Raptor Lake-S Refresh will have the same core and thread specifications as the existing 13th Gen offerings, including an unchanged cache hierarchy. The primary updates include higher boost clocks (+100MHz to +300MHz), support for increased memory speeds, and an enhanced power supply (motherboard). In addition to the existing two, the Raptor Lake Refresh will include a third die with eight P-cores and twelve E-cores.

The 14th Gen Meteor Lake-P processors for notebooks and convertibles should also release in the year’s fourth quarter. This should first be a controlled launch with limited volume, primarily consisting of the higher-core Core Ultra 7 and Core Ultra 9 SKUs. The lower-end Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 chips will be Raptor Lake-U Refreshes, leaving the premium Core i7 and Core i9 spots for Meteor Lake-P.

And then there’s the Arrow Lake-S family. There’s been a lot of back and forth on this, but ECSM claims that the 15th Gen Core desktop lineup will be fabbed on TSMC’s 3nm (N3) node. Apparently, Intel’s 20A process has missed its original yield targets and will only be used for the mobile lineup? Remember that the 20A node is mostly for client offerings. Granite Rapids and Sierra Forest will leverage the Intel 3 process, and their successors will be fabbed on the 18A node.

Areej Syed

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