The Intel Meteor Lake processors that will follow the next-generation Raptor Lake processors are subject to new speculation about the power of these chips.
How Wccftech (opens in a new tab) noticed, we saw a few tweets pop up on Meteor Lake, from Raichu (see below) and another known leak Harukaze5719 (opens in a new tab)the latter of which further points to the rumors of Coelacanth Sen (opens in a new tab) pertaining to information gathered from Intel’s open database.
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The result is that, based on the search for model IDs for Intel’s processor cores, it seems the move from Raptor Lake to Meteor Lake will involve a completely new architecture for performance cores, but not for performance cores (stick to your most skeptical hat, of course, because it’s just a rumor).
As you may remember, in the case of current generation Alder Lake, Intel has switched to hybrid technology with a mix of these two different core types in their processors. The high-performance cores are standard (full-power) cores, while the high-performance cores are, as the name suggests, lower-performance cores that are designed with energy efficiency in mind.
This means that while performance cores will benefit from a brand new, redesigned architecture, performance cores – known as Redwood Cove for Meteor Lake – may essentially be just another upgrade to Alder Lake (Golden Cove) performance cores that will be refined to become Raptor Cove in next-generation processors).
Analysis: So do you expect more multi-core CPUs and performance?
What this means for those thinking of waiting for Meteor Lake, which ultimately represents Intel’s drop to 7nm (and will require a new socket and motherboard, which will not be the case with the new generation Raptor Lake as the latter is simply an Alder Lake refresh )?
Well, as Raichu explains in the Twitter thread above, Intel may not be making any ground-level revolutionary architectural changes with Meteor Lake performance cores, but Team Blue will continue to do a lot to increase the power of these cores. For example, working to improve the overall performance of instruction execution, branch prediction, and other technical elements to provide higher performance for the end user, even if these cores are not built on the new architecture.
On the other hand, the performance cores will be rebuilt from the ground up with a new architectural approach, although of course all this is only theorization and should be taken with lots of spice.
As predicted by Raichu, this could mean that the 14th generation processors will not raise the rate compared to Raptor Lake thanks to single-core performance and clock frequency, and instead we will get more power to provide better multi-core performance and improved energy efficiency.
This tactic and focus on multi-core development also makes sense in light of other rumors that have already indicated that Intel is continuing its current Raptor Lake strategy by significantly increasing the number of performance cores (with performance cores sustained at its maximum of eight).
As for when we actually see the new Intel performance core architecture – which are, after all, the main cores capable of much greater load – it will not be until Lion Cove, according to the rumor miller, be part of Arrow Lake, the next (15th) generation after Meteor Lake.