Intel Meteor Lake to feature (at least) two GPU configurations
The Innovation 2023 event marked a significant milestone for Intel with the reveal of the next-gen CPU series, codenamed Meteor Lake, also referred to as Core Ultra 100. The event provided a detailed insight into the architecture behind the series, with a special focus on the advanced disaggregated chiplet design. This modular approach promises enhanced flexibility and scalability in chip development for Intel, who are now catching up to AMD.
While Intel was forthcoming with architectural details, they remained tight-lipped about the specific SKU variants and configurations. The lineup’s exact lineup is yet to be revealed, but there were enough leaks to get the general idea of what Intel is preparing for the December 14th reveal.
One of the key features of Meteor Lake is its integration of the Xe-LPG integrated GPU architecture, based on the Alchemist series, delivering higher performance and efficiency, features that always take priority in mobile GPU.
Intel is leaking with its own swag. We know there will be different configurations of the compute, I/O and graphics tiles with Meteor Lake. The GPU will use 8 or 4 Xe cores it seams. pic.twitter.com/522Ih06J4H
— Andreas Schilling 🇺🇦 (@aschilling) September 19, 2023
According to the photo posted by Andreas Schilling from HardwareLuxx, Intel will be preparing at least two configurations of Xe-LPG chiplets, either 8 Xe-Cores or 4. Since the GPU chiplet is separated from the Compute, SoC and IO dies, this design gives Intel flexibility in choosing the right GPU subsystem for each SKU. It also bears similarity to AMD’s Phoenix dies, which also offer varying GPU specs from 12CUs to 4CUs, however AMD’s design is monolithic.
This integration of Xe-LPG architecture is expected to deliver a 2x performance boost compared to the existing Xe-LP architecture found in Raptor Lake. Intel put a lot of emphasis on supporting 10W gaming with this architecture, potentially opening a new competing front versus AMD RDNA3 in handheld.
The full disclosure of Meteor Lake is expected prior to the December launch. Hopefully, Intel will provide additional information about their plans for low-end CPUs featuring 4 Xe-Cores and how they compare with AMD’s “Small Phoenix” silicon.
Source: Andreas Schilling