Intel's upcoming Raptor Lake, Meteor Lake, and Arrow Lake architectures leak in all their glory: Q4 2022 launch for Raptor Lake, up to 21% IPC improvement for Meteor Lake, and more
Intel's upcoming 13th gen 'Raptor Lake' chips continue to leak. Combined with the official roadmap, the leaked chipset configurations, and a mobile SKU popping up on Userbenchmark, we know a lot about Raptor Lake quite a few months before the official release. Now, Tom of Moore's Law is Dead YouTube channel has posted even more details about the upcoming next gen chips including Intel's 14th and 15th gen CPUs.
According to Tom, Raptor lake will provide a little IPC increase over Golden Cove. While the Raptor Cove P-cores will supposedly have higher clock speeds than Alder Lake, the leaker doesn’t expect a big clock frequency win for Intel compared to AMD Zen 4, especially for all-core boost clocks. Tom also doesn’t believe that Intel will launch any 6 GHz Raptor Lake SKU.
Intel has also reportedly clocked Raptor Lake’s Gracemont E cores higher than their Alder Lake counterparts. The new E-cores will also allegedly have more L2 cache. Tom has also reaffirmed his claims that Intel’s 13th gen Raptor Lake chips will have 8-15% higher Single-Threaded and 30-40% better Multi-Threaded performance over Alder Lake in “favorable” scenarios.
Furthermore, while Raptor Lake will use LGA 1800, Intel has allegedly planned for Alder Lake and Raptor Lake to be compatible with both LGA 1700 and LGA 1800. According to Tom, higher-end Raptor Lake SKUs are also expected to use more power than their Alder Lake counterparts, which is why Intel left unused pins in the LGA 1700 socket for added power delivery and IO.
In terms of pricing, Intel is allegedly going to price most Raptor Lake CPUs roughly the same as Alder Lake.
Judging by the reported performance numbers, the leaker suspects that the competition between the Intel 13th gen Raptor Lake and AMD Zen 4 'Raphael' processors is going to be quite close without an overall winner. For instance, where AMD will have a substantial efficiency advantage, Intel’s pricing structure for the sub-US$400 chips will beat AMD’s prices.
Somewhat surprisingly, Intel is reportedly launching high-performance Raptor Lake-H and HX mobile SKUs first in Q4 2022. The mobile chips will be followed by Raptor Lake-K series CPUs with a paper launch in late Q3 and wider availability in Q4 2022. The non-K processors and the Raptor Lake-P and U SKUs for mainstream laptops are supposedly launching in Q1 2023.
Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake
In addition to Raptor Lake, Tom has also revealed some details about Intel’s 14th and 15th gen CPU architectures. Codenamed ‘Meteor Lake’, Intel’s 14th gen chips are expected to use LGA 2551 measuring 38 mm x 46 mm, so slightly larger than Alder Lake. Meteor Lake is also rumored to bring a 12-21% IPC gain over Raptor Lake with its Redwood Cove cores.
Interestingly, Meteor Lake will reportedly be a step back in terms of clock speeds compared to Raptor Lake. Per MLID’s sources, Intel is planning to release Meteor Lake mobile in Q2/Q3 2023 followed by desktop chips in Q4 2023.
Intel's 15th gen chips codenamed 'Arrow Lake' will bring a much bigger performance uptick compared to Meteor Lake according to MLID, with core configurations going up to 8 P and up to 32 E-cores using the Intel 20A architecture. With the new Lion Cove architecture for the P cores, Tom expects Arrow Lake to bring a huge double-digit IPC increase. Arrow Lake is also allegedly bringing a new architecture for the E-cores.
Finally, the leaker also mentions Arrow Lake as being compatible with LGA 2551 with an expected release sometime in 2H 2024.