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Intel's 7nm Ocean Cove architecture might deliver 80 percent gains to IPC and higher clocks in 2022: enough to catch up with 5nm AMD Ryzen 6000 Raphael?

Ocean Cove could up IPC by as much as 80 percent over Skylake (Image source: Intel)
Ocean Cove could up IPC by as much as 80 percent over Skylake (Image source: Intel)
A leak on Weibo purportedly lists IPC and process node gains for Intel's upcoming Golden Cove and Ocean Cove architectures. The 7nm Ocean Cove, in particular, looks interesting, allegedly built on the 7nm process and offering upwards of 80 percent IPC gains.
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A Weibo user has posted what appear to be estimates for process node and IPC improvements to Intel's upcoming core architectures, including Ocean Cove and Golden Cove. These were spotted by tipster @MebuiW.

According to the tipster, Ocean Cove, releasing in 2022 or 2023, will be Intel's first volume 7nm design and will deliver as much as an 80 percent increase to IPC relative to the Skylake architecture.

While AMD's not sitting still, this could be enough to deliver serious competition to Team Red's upcoming Ryzen 5000 series parts. In addition to increased IPC, the move to the 7nm process should enable Intel to up clock speeds further, perhaps even past the 5.5 GHz point.

This is somewhat ironic considering that Intel themselves abandoned the high clock speed push in favor of more cores: 10 GHz Pentiums never happened, but who knows what the future holds?

The rumor mill indicates that AMD could be making the move to the 5nm process as early as this year with its Ryzen 4000 desktop lineup. Even if this turns out not to be the case, AMD will almost certainly be on an enhanced 5nm process or better by the time Intel's purported 7nm Ocean Cove parts roll around.

It will be interesting to see if Intel's IPC gains with Ocean Cove will be enough to compete with AMD parts at that point.

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 518 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-06- 1 (Update: 2020-06- 1)