Intel’s Meteor Lake processors, which will follow next-gen Raptor Lake CPUs, are the subject of new speculation about how powerful these chips could become.
As Wccftech (opens in new tab) seen, we’ve seen some tweets appear on Meteor Lake, by Raichu (see below) and another renowned leaker Harukaze5719 (opens in new tab)the last of which still points to rumors of Coelacanth’s dream (opens in new tab) referring to information collected from Intel’s open source database.
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The result is that, based on looking up model IDs for Intel CPU cores, it appears that the move from Raptor Lake to Meteor Lake will involve an entirely new architecture for efficiency cores, but not for performance cores (keep your best hat skeptic here, of course, as this is just a rumor).
As you may remember, with the current generation Alder Lake, Intel switched to using hybrid technology with a mix of these two different types of cores in their processors. Performance cores are standard (full power) cores, while efficiency cores are, as the name suggests, lower performance cores designed for power efficiency.
What this means is that while the efficiency cores will benefit from an all-new redesigned architecture, the performance cores – known as Redwood Cove for Meteor Lake – could essentially be just another refinement to the Alder Lake performance cores (Golden Cove, which will be refined to become Raptor Cove on next-gen CPUs).
Analysis: Expect more efficiency and multi-core efficiency then?
What does that mean for those thinking of waiting for Meteor Lake, which represents Intel’s drop to 7nm at last (and will require a new socket and motherboard, which the next-gen Raptor Lake won’t do, as the latter is simply an update from Alder Lago)?
Well, as Raichu explains in the Twitter thread above, Intel may not be introducing any revolutionary architectural changes at a fundamental level with the Meteor Lake performance cores, but Team Blue will still do a lot to liven up how powerful these cores are. How to work to improve the overall efficiency of instruction execution, branch prediction, and other technical bits and pieces to mean faster performance for the end user, even if those cores aren’t built on a new architecture.
On the other hand, efficiency cores will be rebuilt from the ground up with a new architectural vision, although of course this is all just theorizing and should be taken with a good dose of spice.
As Raichu predicts, this could mean that 14th-gen processors won’t massively up the ante with single-core performance and clock frequencies compared to Raptor Lake, and instead get more power to deliver better multi-core performance, and performance improvements. energy efficiency.
This approach and focus on multi-core going forward also makes sense in light of other rumors that have already pointed out that Intel is continuing with its current Raptor Lake strategy of big increases in efficiency core counts (with performance cores at a maximum of eight).
As for when we will actually see a new architecture for Intel’s performance cores – which are, after all, the core cores capable of doing a lot more heavy lifting – that won’t be until Lion Cove, rumor has it, will be part of Arrow Lake. , the next (15th) generation after Meteor Lake.