Intel and AMD plan to launch their next-gen processors in the third quarter of 2024. According to the latest info from the Chinese board channel forums, motherboard vendors expect the next upgrade cycle in the fall of 2024, less than a year from now. The two chipmakers will unveil their next-generation chipsets in Q3, followed by the CPU launch. Intel is expected to launch its 15th Gen Arrow Lake family, which will go up against AMD’s Ryzen 9000 “Zen 5” lineup.
For AMD, it’s a relatively straightforward launch as the same AM5 socket will be carried forth with additional features for the next-gen 700 series chipsets. You can expect more PCIe Gen 5 lanes, faster DDR5 speeds, WiFi 7, and more. Unlike the 600-series launch, it should be seamless as the microcode doesn’t have to be built from scratch. For backward compatibility, there’s only one older generation to handle, which shouldn’t be an issue given how AM4 was managed.
On Intel’s end, things will be more complicated. Team Blue is set to launch the LGA1851 socket alongside the 800-series chipsets. You can expect the same upgrades as AM5, including higher PCIe Gen 5 lane count, WiFi 7, and faster DDR5 memory speeds. In contrast to AM5, the Z790 chipsets already support memory overclocking up to 9,000MT/s and higher, so Intel has an advantage in this segment.
At the same time, it’s worth remembering that the 15th Gen Arrow Lake processors will be Intel’s first chiplet-based desktop family. Several optimizations are needed to improve the memory and cache bandwidth/latency, plus the CPU ringbus that seems less than optimal in Meteor Lake.