Intel Raptor Lake-U, Raptor Lake-S and Raptor Lake-HX are officially getting a Refresh
Intel spills the beans on next-gen desktop and mobile update.
The company has confirmed the full details of its branding update starting with the following series. The official presentation only mentioned the Meteor Lake and next-gen mobile chips using the new “Core 3/5/7/9” branding, but there is more to the story.
Intel’s next CPU series for laptops and desktops will also feature a refresh of the Raptor Lake series. However, instead of making things simpler, the upcoming series will be split into old and new naming schemas. In fact, even the Raptor Lake series itself will be split into Core # and Core i# families.
Intel China went ahead and provided a quick explanatory material for their fans. Those materials were not shared with the international community, which is unfortunate, but there was also a good reason why. Intel simply did not confirm the Raptor Lake Refresh series until now, so these materials are the first official mention of such plans by the company.
In short, what these charts mean is that Core # branding will apply to Meteor Lake and Raptor Lake U Refresh, whereas the old Core i# naming schema will be used by Raptor Lake-S Refresh and Raptor Lake-HX Refresh.
Intel next-gen mobile/desktop series:
- Core Ultra 5/7/9 – Meteor Lake
- Core 3/5/7 – Raptor Lake-U Refresh
- 14th Gen Core i# Mobile – Raptor Lake HX Refresh
- 14th Gen Core i# Desktop – Raptor Lake S Refresh
Furthermore, “Core Ultra” will differentiate Meteor Lake from the Raptor Lake-U series, but both architectures will be part of the same generation of products. It appears that the whole idea behind the new branding is to blur the lines between architectures, but still give consumers a small hint (aka Ultra) to what they are actually buying. Regrettably, we are confronted with the similar ambiguous branding as the Ryzen 7000 mobile series, which encompasses multiple architectures under a single lineup.