Intel Lunar Lake enters testing phase
Intel has begun testing its next-gen client CPU series known as Lunar Lake.
The company has made it explicitly clear that Lunar Lake is not intended to serve as a high-end gaming architecture. Instead, it is slated for launch for low-power devices, and is likely to be released alongside or after Arrow Lake, which is poised to replace the Meteor Lake and Raptor Lake lineup.
Recently, the first CPU from the Lunar Lake series made an appearance on the Sisoftware Sandra database. While the CPU’s name is still a work in progress (referred to as Intel 0000), the platform name, Lunar Lake (LNL-M LPP RVP1), unambiguously identifies it as part of the Lunar Lake family and confirms support for LPDDR5 memory.
The listing provides some preliminary details about the CPU, including a purported 20 cores, a clock speed that can reach up to 3.91 GHz, and a power rating of 17W. It’s worth noting that these specifics may not be entirely accurate, as the Sandra test suite may not yet fully support the platform.
While the total core count of 20 is mentioned, the distribution of these cores within the compute chiplet remains undisclosed. A reasonable assumption is that it comprises 6 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores, however the L2 cache distribution of 10MB+4MB suggests it is 4 P-Cores and 4 E-Cores.
According to leaks, this chip is expected to feature the same core architectures as Arrow Lake, namely Lion Cove and Skymont. Interestingly, the Sisoftware leak omits the fact that the chip also includes Xe2-LPG graphics, an upgrade over the Xe-LPG found in Arrow Lake. However, the Lunar Lake series is anticipated to have fewer Xe-Cores, reflecting its intended purpose as a smaller, low-power chip.
Intel demoed Lunar Lake at its Innovation event, confirming that the platform is currently undergoing testing. Although the company did not provide a precise release date, it is reasonable to expect more information to emerge in the latter half of 2024, with a potential launch expected in 2025. As for Intel’s plans regarding the launch of the Battlemage GPU series, which is also rumored to feature the Xe2 architecture in a more capable HPG variant, no official confirmation has been provided at this time.