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Chipzilla might have abandoned Meteor Lake's desktop variants

by on29 December 2022

14th-generation Meteor Lake processors have had an Annus horribilis

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn claiming that the much troubled Intel 14th-generation Meteor Lake processors desktop variants might be canned.

According to Tech Spot the 14th-generation CPUs are supposed to mark Intel's transition to tile-based architecture, which is similar to the "chiplet" design AMD uses for its recent processors. 

But last year saw Chipzilla struggling to transition from its current CPU architecture and having difficulty matching Raptor Lake's clock rates. In November it was suspected that Intel wasn't planning to release any Meteor Lake CPUs in 2023 and would instead dust off its latest Raptor Lake line and hope no one noticed. 

Meteor Lake would debut as a series of laptop CPUs in 2024 along with the 15th-generation Arrow Lake desktop processors, with a Meteor Lake desktop series to possibly follow.

Leaker @OneRaichu said this week that there may never be Meteor Lake desktop processors .  but Intel might be struggling to maintain desktop-class performance amid the shift.

On the plus side though we know that Meteor Lake when it arrives will support hardware AV1 encoding. The company's Arc Alchemist dedicated GPUs were the first to feature hardware AV1 encoding, while AMD's RDNA3 and Nvidia's Ada Lovelace GPUs quickly followed. CPUs have encoded AV1 through software for a little while, but only the latest GPUs can perform the task through hardware.

Meteor Lake is supposed to combine the Intel 4 process node on its compute tile with TSMC's 3nm node on the GPU tile. The series may also feature integrated GPUs that support ray tracing based on Arc Alchemist's ray tracing capabilities.

Furthermore, the 14th-generation CPUs are expected to shift to a new socket. Raichu speculates that it may support three generations of processors like LGA 1700, which supported Intel's 11th, 12th, and 13th-generation CPUs.


Last modified on 29 December 2022
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