Intel Meteor Lake-S desktop CPUs to feature 20 PCIe Gen5 lanes, Z890 platform to support WiFi-7

Published: Feb 27th 2023, 09:19 GMT   Comments

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Intel Meteor Lake desktop platform with more PCIe lanes

With rumors about the cancellation of the Meteor Lake-S desktop series, one must not forget that the platform specs must have been already shared with certain Intel partners. This does not confirm or debunk what will happen to the next-gen Core series, but rather what Intel was or still is planing for its new desktop client platform.

One of the hardware leakers, TCL (@leaf_hobby) who had previously revealed the full specs of Intel Xeon W3400/2400 series before launch, claims to know the details on Meteor Lake-S desktop platform.

The new CPU series would finally get 20 PCIe Gen5 lanes, with 16 lanes dedicated to the GPU and 4 for storage (the current platform is limited to 16 lanes). Furthermore, it is said that the Z890 chipset itself is to feature 4 additional Gen4 lanes. That said, Intel is clearly preparing a direct competitor to the AMD 600E platform.

The details on the next-gen desktop platform were leaked many months ago. The new chipsets are to be paired with LGA-1851 socket supposedly for Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake CPUs. The package size has not changed since Alder Lake, which means that new LGA1700 coolers should still be compatible with new “V1” socket.

Intel LGA 1851 socket, Source: Benchlife

Details that are yet missing is memory support. One can assume that the Z890 will support faster DDR5 memory than 5600 MT/s, but this was not mentioned yet. Furthermore, there is no mention of DDR4 memory support, which strongly suggests that Intel will discontinue supporting this technology with the new series.

Interestingly, the Z890 is said to support Wi-Fi 7 technology. This likely means Intel will develop its own wireless network chipset by the time this platform is market ready. Finally, the specs the leaker has also seen mention Windows 12 support.

Timing for the Z890 release is currently not available, but some sources claim it should come out in the second quarter next year. It would follow the refresh of Raptor Lake for desktops planned for Q3 this year.

Intel Consumer Z-Chipsets
Chipset width= width=
LaunchQ2 2024Q4 2022Q4 2021Q1 2021Q2 2020
DDR5 Memory SupportDDR5-5600+DDR5-5600DDR5-4800
DDR4 Memory SupportTBCDDR4-3200DDR4-3200DDR4-3200DDR4-2933
Intel Core SupportMeteor Lake-S
Arrow Lake-S
Alder Lake-S
Raptor Lake-S
Raptor Lake-Refresh
Alder Lake-S
Raptor Lake-S
Raptor Lake-Refresh
Rocket Lake-S
Comet Lake-S
Rocket Lake-S
Comet Lake-S
CPU PCIe Gen516+41616
CPU PCIe Gen444416+4
CPU PCIe Gen316
Chipset PCIe Gen5
Chipset PCIe Gen4242012
Chipset PCIe Gen3TBC8162424
DMITBCx8 Gen4x8 Gen4x8 Gen3x4 Gen3
USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G)TBC543
USB 3.2 Gen 2×1 (10G)TBC1010106
USB 3.2 Gen 1×1 (5G)TBC10101010
Wi-FiWiFi 7WiFi 6EWiFi 6EWiFi 6WiFi 6

Source: @leaf_hobby via Expreview

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