Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake processors have been at the center of a new leak, hinting at impressive boost speeds that are set to wow consumers. As always, leaks should be taken with a grain of salt, considering their authenticity and the credibility of the source. However, the leaker, known as ‘Golden Pig Upgrade’, has a track record of being accurate.
According to the leaked information spotted by HXL and shared on Twitter via Tom’s Hardware, the Meteor Lake Core Ultra 7 (not Core i7, as Intel plans to change the naming convention) is expected to reach a boost speed of 5GHz on a single core. Additionally, the Core Ultra 9 is rumored to exceed 5GHz. Now, some may argue that these speeds seem underwhelming compared to the boost speeds of Intel’s current laptop processors. It’s worth noting that Meteor Lake is designed for mobile CPUs, while Intel is separately targeting the desktop market with its Raptor Lake Refresh.
However, a closer look reveals why these leaked speeds are indeed impressive. The Raptor Lake mobile processors that achieve speeds of 5.4GHz are built with a different silicon design compared to Meteor Lake. Meteor Lake chips use the Intel 4 process and a 3D-stacked compute tile, making it more challenging to increase clock speeds without encountering thermal issues and overheating. Therefore, the boost levels must be adjusted accordingly.
The leaked information regarding speeds is significant because initial rumors speculated sub-5GHz speeds, or even considerably lower. But now, it appears that the Core i7 and i9 equivalents will surpass 5GHz, potentially even reaching 5.2GHz. This is not far off from what Raptor Lake achieves. Considering the design constraints, the expected boost speeds for Meteor Lake are impressive. Should the leak prove true, these CPUs could be fantastic options for the best gaming laptops.
While clock speeds are important, architectural advancements will contribute to faster performance in Meteor Lake processors compared to Raptor Lake. Intel’s CEO, Pat Gelsinger, has also generated hype around Meteor Lake by mentioning AI acceleration in the 14th-gen CPUs. He believes that these processors will usher in a new class of applications, exciting upgrades, and ISV (Independent Software Vendor) developments, likening it to Intel’s Centrino moment that introduced Wi-Fi to PCs two decades ago.
The much-anticipated Meteor Lake chips are slated for release later this year, with October or November being the most likely timeframe. On the other hand, the Raptor Lake Refresh desktop CPUs are expected to arrive in October.
As with all leaks, it’s essential to approach this information cautiously. However, if these leaked details hold true, Intel’s Meteor Lake processors could offer impressive performance, combining high boost speeds with architectural advancements and AI acceleration. Technology enthusiasts and gamers alike are eagerly awaiting their arrival.
– Tom’s Hardware: [Twitter link]
– Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger’s comments.