Intel Arrow Lake has up to 4 Xe-Cores, no hyper-threading and DDR4 support

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Recent leaks from sources like Golden Pig Upgrade and High Yield YT have revealed information about Intel's next line of desktop processors, the Core Ultra 2-series "Arrow Lake-S," which will follow the Core Ultra 1-series "Meteor Lake." The new series will continue with Intel's updated naming scheme for its processors, a change first seen in mobile processors.

The "Arrow Lake-S" processors are expected to use the new Socket LGA1851 but will remain compatible with coolers designed for the LGA1700 standard. Unlike their mobile counterparts, the desktop versions will have a two-chip design to better support the desktop market's need for more PCIe lanes for NVMe storage and high-bandwidth peripherals like Thunderbolt and USB4. A key difference in the "Arrow Lake-S" series is the removal of low-power E-cores, with all CPU cores located in the Compute tile using Intel's 20A process technology. This includes advanced features like Gate-All-Around Field-Effect Transistors (GAAFETs) and 2nd generation Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.

Rumors suggest the Compute tile will have an 8 Performance (P) + 8 Efficiency (E) core setup. The "Lion Cove" P-cores are expected to have 3 MB of L2 cache and outperform the previous "Redwood Cove" P-cores in terms of instructions per cycle (IPC). The E-cores, dubbed "Skymont," may match the IPC of "Willow Cove" cores from Intel's 11th Generation "Tiger Lake" processors. The integrated graphics will feature Xe-LPG+ with 4 Xe cores, excluding the Arc Graphics branding found in higher-end models. Intel plans to introduce a 2nd Generation Neural Processing Unit (NPU) in the "Arrow Lake-S" series to support the Intel AI Boost suite, aiming to improve AI inferencing performance while reducing power consumption.

The Intel Core Ultra 2-series "Arrow Lake-S" desktop processors are set to launch in late 2024, promising significant enhancements in core configurations, IPC, graphics, and AI capabilities, positioning them as strong contenders in the desktop computing market.


Sources: Golden Pig Upgrade (bilibili), Olrak29_ (Twitter), HighYieldYT (Twitter), videocardz, tpu

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