Intel’s next-gen Arrow Lake-S CPUs target 5% single-thread and 15% multi-thread performance gain, leaked slide suggests

Published: Oct 13th 2023, 10:11 GMT   Comments

Intel Arrow Lake-S lists a 5% increase in ST and 15% in MT performance

We received a tip that led us to an older discussion thread on the AnandTech forums. In this thread, a member known as uzzi38 shared a slide from Intel.

The slide, while not revealing much new information, was intentionally covered that way by uzzi38. However, it does confirm Intel’s performance targets for the upcoming Raptor Lake Refresh series.

To provide some context, Intel Arrow Lake-S is the next-generation desktop CPU platform that will make use of a new LGA-1851 socket. Due to the cancellation of Meteor Lake-S, Intel will not be introducing new Z890 and other 800 series chipsets this year. In response to this, Intel’s board partners are now introducing a refreshed Z790 motherboard series with support for the Wi-Fi7 standard.

Arrow Lake-S is not expected to hit the market until the second half of 2024, but it appears that the internal performance goals have already been established. According to the slide, the Arrow Lake-S architecture is projected to deliver a 5% improvement in single-threaded workloads and an average of 15% improvement in multi-threaded applications, presumably in comparison to Raptor Lake Refresh.

Intel Arrow Lake-S performance targets, Source: uzzi38

These numbers may ring a bell as they were previously shared by Igor’sLAB in July of this year, with some additional details. The next-generation desktop and mobile platforms will feature a new microarchitecture, known as Lion Cove for Performance Cores and Skymont for Efficient Cores. These new series will also make use of the Intel 20A process node and incorporate the Xe-LPG architecture based on Alchemist. While the CPU architectures may not lead to a major performance boost, the GPUs are expected to be at least twice as fast as the Xe-LP architecture used in Alder/Raptor Lake CPUs.

The initial generation of Arrow Lake-S series is expected to have a core configuration similar to Raptor Lake, with 8 P-cores and 16 E-Cores. It was recently disclosed that Intel plans to launch a Refresh with twice as many E-Cores later on.

It’s worth noting that the slide also mentions Battlemage discrete GPUs for Intel’s Ultimate Gaming Performance platform. This suggests that the new GPU series will be ready for the Arrow Lake-S launch as well.

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: uzzi38

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