Intel Meteor Lake-S desktop CPUs may be discontinued: Rumors

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OneRaichu has started speculations about the Intel Core Desktop CPU family by stating that Meteor Lake might not come to the LGA 1851 socket. These new reports concern the Intel Core Desktop CPU family.

According to rumors, Intel will not release Meteor Lake central processing units for desktop computers, and the LGA 1851 socket will support three core families.

There were reports that Intel may cancel the delivery of Meteor Lake CPUs for desktops, and it appears those suspicions could very well come true. According to OneRaichu, who has historically been entirely accurate with his leaks, the leaker indicates that the Meteor Lake-S Desktop CPUs may not arrive on desktop platforms. However, they will still be heading toward the mobility market sector. This information comes from the leaker.

A few months ago, we published the first intentions for Meteor Lake-S, which included several different SKUs for the desktop LGA 1851 platform. On the list of SKUs are the following:

  • Meteor Lake-S 22 (6P + 16E) with 4 Xe Cores and a 125W TDP thermal design power
  • Meteor Lake-S 22 (6P + 16E) with four Xe Cores and a thermal design power of 65W
  • Meteor Lake-S 22 (6P + 16E) has 4 Xe Cores and a 35W TDP thermal design power.
  • Meteor Lake-S 14 (6P + 8E), containing 4 Xe Cores and producing 65WTDP
  • Meteor Lake-S 14 (6P + 8E), including 4 Xe Cores and delivering 35WTDP

As a result of the rumored cancellation of the Intel Meteor Lake-S, we will need to make some adjustments to what we know about the Intel Desktop Core product line. Therefore, Intel aims to begin the production of the Raptor Lake Refresh CPU family in 2023. These new chips will replace the old ones and include faster core speeds and an enhanced manufacturing process that will allow for improved power delivery.

The most recent roadmap confirms this and states that they will be compatible with all LGA 1700/1800 socketed motherboards already on the market. This would mean that the existing socket could support at least three generations of central processing units.

However, the LGA 1700/1800 socket will not be the only one to survive for three generations. There are rumors that the LGA 1851 socket for the next generation of computers will be able to accommodate at least three generations of CPUs.

Because MTL (Meteor Lake-S) is no longer a possibility in terms of rumors, the three families that we should anticipate seeing on the next socket are Arrow Lake-S (ARL-S), a probable Arrow Lake Refresh, and Panther Lake. This is because MTL has been removed from the equation (PNL-S).

Desktop Central Processing Units from Intel’s 15th Generation Arrow Lake Family (2024)

The Intel 15th Generation Arrow Lake-S Desktop CPUs will bring back 24 cores, the current maximum number of seats available on Raptor Lake CPUs. Up to 24 cores will be utilized on the top die of the Arrow Lake-S processor. These cores will be divided as follows: 8 performance cores and 16 efficiency cores.

Previous rumors have suggested that the product line will only be available in Core i7 and Core i9 variants. The CPU will continue to use the same node layout as the Intel 4 (CPU) and TSMC N3 (GPU) SKUs. It has been said that the 20A node will not be added to the desktop range of processors. The following Standard Product Codes (SKUs) are anticipated for the Intel Arrow Lake-S Desktop family:

125W thermal design power for the Arrow Lake-S 24 (8P + 16E) processor with 4 Xe cores.
Arrow Lake-S 24 (8P + 16E) processor has 4 Xe cores and a TDP of 65 watts.
Arrow Lake-S 24 (8P + 16E) has four Xe cores and a thermal design power of 35 watts.

Intel’s decision to increase the number of families supported by a socket from two to three appears to be a strategic one designed to maintain a high level of competitiveness in the desktop market. Compared to AMD, it has also worked in favor of the blue team in this situation.

It has also been reported that the Royal Cove core architecture, which is anticipated to bring massive improvements in both performance and IPC, will not be introduced until the generation that comes after Panther Lake, which is expected to be Nova Lake, and that will be a product released in 2025 or later.

According to prior sources, Intel is working on a new socket called “V.” This socket would provide compatibility for at least two generations of desktop central processing units (CPUs), including Arrow Lake-S, as well as its refreshes and future products. This new LGA 1851 socket will have dimensions relatively close to those of the old LGA 1700/1800 socket, but it will have additional support for new and improved features and more pins.

During the most recent investors call with the Intel head, company representatives state that developing the Intel 4 and Intel 3 products is proceeding quite favorably. This quarter is when the 14th Generation Meteor Lake production is expected to be delivered, and the volume ramp is anticipated to begin in 2023. At the same time, Intel 3 is scheduled to start the early production phase by the end of 2023. Please remember that these are preliminary charts and that the introduction of CPUs based on the Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake architectures is still many years away.

Comparison of Different Generations of Intel Mainstream CPUs:

INTEL CPU FAMILYPROCESSOR PROCESSPROCESSOR ARCHITECTUREPROCESSORS CORES/THREADS (MAX)TDPSPLATFORM CHIPSETPLATFORMMEMORY SUPPORTPCIE SUPPORTLAUNCH
Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen)32nmSandy Bridge4/835-95W6-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 2.02011
Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen)22nmIvy Bridge4/835-77W7-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02012
Haswell (4th Gen)22nmHaswell4/835-84W8-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02013-2014
Broadwell (5th Gen)14nmBroadwell4/865-65W9-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02015
Skylake (6th Gen)14nmSkylake4/835-91W100-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02015
Kaby Lake (7th Gen)14nmSkylake4/835-91W200-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (8th Gen)14nmSkylake6/1235-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (9th Gen)14nmSkylake8/1635-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02018
Comet Lake (10th Gen)14nmSkylake10/2035-125W400-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02020
Rocket Lake (11th Gen)14nmCypress Cove8/1635-125W500-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 4.02021
Alder Lake (12th Gen)Intel 7Golden Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
16/2435-125W600 SeriesLGA 1700/1800DDR5 / DDR4PCIe Gen 5.02021
Raptor Lake (13th Gen)Intel 7Raptor Cove (P-Core)
Gracemont (E-Core)
24/3235-125W700-SeriesLGA 1700/1800DDR5 / DDR4PCIe Gen 5.02022
Meteor Lake (14th Gen)Intel 4Redwood Cove (P-Core)
Crestmont (E-Core)
22/2835-125W800 Series?LGA 1851DDR5PCIe Gen 5.02023
Arrow Lake (15th Gen)Intel 20ALion Cove (P-Core)
Skymont (E-Core)
24/32TBA900-Series?LGA 1851DDR5PCIe Gen 5.02024
Lunar Lake (16th Gen)Intel 18ATBDTBATBA1000-Series?TBADDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2025
Nova Lake (17th Gen)Intel 18ATBDTBATBA2000-Series?TBADDR5?PCIe Gen 6.0?2026
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