Intel reportedly working on “Raptor Lake Refresh”, AMD Ryzen 7000X3D might be limited to 8 cores (for now)

Published: Nov 13th 2022, 20:23 GMT   Comments

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Intel Raptor Lake Refresh & 8-core AMD Ryzen 7000X3D

According to ECSM, both Intel and AMD are to release updated CPU architectures next year. 

Starting in the first half of 2023 we should expect a launch of Intel Core i9-13900KS, a special SKU that Intel had already teased as its first 6 GHz processor. For the moment, this will be the fastest consumer desktop CPU, at least until AMD released their updated Ryzen 7000 series with 3D V-Cache.

The Chinese media outlet is not aware of any 12 or 16-core variants featuring the additional cache. This means that at least for now Ryzen 7000X3D may be limited to 6-core and 8-core configurations. However, this does not rule out a higher core count later. Furthermore, ECSM weights in on AM5 APU rumors, which may be limited to 8 cores as well. According to the information, those would only support DDR5-4800 memory.

Intel and AMD 2023 CPU Rumors, Source: ECSM_Official

2023-2024: Raptor Lake Refresh, Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake

Later in the year, between middle and late 2023, Intel is reportedly launching an updated Raptor Lake CPUs with 100 to 200 MHz higher clocks. Some rumors claim that we might see Meteor Lake-S already in late 2023, however ECSM claims otherwise.

Intel would be launching Arrow Lake and Meteor Lake in 2024. The latter is said to be limited to 6P+16E configuration, which means no high-end desktop models based on this architecture. Instead, Intel would use Arrow Lake for its desktop Core i7 and Core i9 SKUs. The media outlet is explaining the process nodes used by future architectures, which seem to be confusing to say the least.

Intel 2024 CPU Rumors, Source: ECSM_Official

Intel will be undergoing a socket change in 2024, most likely called LGA1851. This socket would reportedly be used by Meteor and Arrow Lake CPUs and possibly even their successor known as Panther Lake. Those architectures will compete with AMD Zen5 architecture which should be supported by the existing AM5 socket.

Source: ECSM_Official #1, #2

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