Intel next-gen Arrow Lake-S CPU to feature 3MB cache per each Performance core

Published: Aug 12th 2023, 15:36 GMT   Comments

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Intel next gen client CPUs to feature more L2 cache

According to Golden Pig Upgrade, the next installment in the Intel consumer series will feature increased L2 cache for Performance cores.

Next year, Intel is poised to release a new architecture called Arrow Lake. It is believed to have many improvements over Raptor Lake, such as new CPU and GPU architecture, smaller node, and support for an entirely new platform known as LGA-1851. While maintaining the hybrid design tradition, blending Core (Big) and Atom (Small) cores, Arrow Lake will feature new microarchitectures known as Lion Cove and Skymont. Notably, the former is anticipated to introduce larger L2 cache.

The transition from Raptor Cove to Redwood Cove is said to begin with the upcoming Meteor Lake Core Ultra chips for mobile platforms. Eventually, this transition will extend to desktop systems, utilizing the Lion Cove cores, as seen in the Arrow Lake silicon. The leaked information suggests that the Arrow Lake silicon will offer a noteworthy cache boost compared to the Raptor series, with an extra 1MB per P-core to 3MB.

Arrow Lake-S L2 cache, Source: Bilibili

As a result of these enhancements, this upcoming generation is poised to feature a 50% increase in cache per P-core over the 13th Gen Core, and an impressive 140% rise compared to the 12th Gen series. It’s important to note that the exact sizes of the E-core cluster cache, L3 cache, and L4 cache have not yet been confirmed. Meteor Lake is also expected to integrate this type of cache, potentially introducing a substantial cache boost to the series.

Considering the evolution of Intel’s microarchitectures, there appears to be a sixfold increase in cache over the course of four generations. This is particularly noteworthy as the Cypress Cove architecture featured a mere 0.5MB L2 cache.

RUMORED Intel Mainstream CPU Series
VideoCardzAlder LakeRaptor Lake (Refresh)Meteor LakeArrow Lake
CPU NodeIntel 7Intel 7Intel 4Intel 20A
Big Core µArchGolden CoveRaptor CoveRedwood CoveLion Cove
Small Core µArch GracemontGracemontCrestmontSkymont
L2 Cache1.25MB per 1xP-Core
2MB per 4xE-Core
2MB per 1xP-Core
4MB 4xE-Core
2MB per 1xP-Core
3MB per 1xP-Core
Graphics µArchXe-LPXe-LPXe-LPGXe-LPG
Launch Year2021202220232024

Source: Golden Pig Upgrade via @9550pro

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