Discussion INTEL's future next-gen CPU architecture codenames spotted in a new leaked Roadmap **Rumor**

Well, this is some new LEAK spotted over at "AnandTech Forums". But we should treat this info with a slight grain of salt though, since the original source/OP cannot be fully verified. Even the REDDIT post has been removed/deleted. Anyways, more HYBRID next-gen CPU architecture codenames spotted, succeeding the Meteor Lake 2023 lineup. Leaked out over at Anandtech Forums.

Before continuing, these are the sources. Curmudgeon666 (AnandTech Forums) via @witeken, @InstaLatX64

No details are provided if the roadmap is true or not and this could all just be some guesswork, but there are claims within this leak in regard to performance and configurations that we can expect from Intel's next-generation CPUs. The only known next-generation parts listed within this rumor are Alder Lake, Raptor Lake, Meteor Lake, and Lunar Lake. The new codenames include Arrow Lake and Nova Lake.

The new "Raptor Lake" series appear to have slight optimization over Alder Lake CPUs with Raptor Cove and Gracemont cores. The rumor suggests a 10% performance boost. To keep this short and simple, these are all the leaked codenames, along with some details on each architecture.

1. Alder Lake (Golden Cove/Gracemont) Q4'21 / Q1'22 - predicted to be competitively weak vs AMD/Apple offerings that time.

2. Raptor Lake (Raptor Cove / Gracemont) Q3'22 / Q4'22 - 10% CPU perf boost and 8/16 configuration puts intel back on par but expect AMD/Apple to refresh their products as well.

3. Meteor Lake (Redwood Cove / Crestmont) Q2'23 - Intel's first true chiplet or tile-based design. Different dies built on TSMC / Intel processes. More of a node shrink with single-digit performance improvements. AMD will again extend the lead with Zen 4+ / 5.

4. Arrow Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4'23 - Will feature an updated compute tile with 8/32 config for the high end enthusiast products. Might achieve parity with AMD offerings at the time but loses out to Apple in power efficiency.

5. Lunar Lake (Lion Cove / Skymont) Q4'24 - This is the product that will use TSMC 3nm as reported by Nikkei. Big performance jump expected and designed to achieve parity or beat AMD and Apple in both performance and power efficiency.

6. Nova Lake (Panther Cove [tentative]/ Darkmont) 2025 - This will mark the biggest architectural change in CPU architecture since the Core architecture is introduced in 2006. Intel is working to build entirely new architecture from the ground up much like Ryzen with up to 50% CPU performance improvement from the lunar lake. This is also the reason why Glenn Hinton returned.

It appears that 14th Gen "Meteor Lake" will be the first proper chiplet design from Intel, which will power the core of Intel’s future CPU architectures. This might possibly be the first CPU generation from Intel to say farewell to the "ring bus interconnect" architecture as well. There are also rumors that Meteor Lake could be a fully 3D-Stacked design and could utilize an I/O die sourced from an external fab (TSMC).

The new "Arrow Lake" line of chips are said to feature an updated compute tile with Lion Cove & Skymont cores in up to 40 core configurations (8 Big + 32 Small cores). Next up is the 16th Gen Lunar Lake CPU lineup which might end up being the first CPUs on the Intel 3 process node. The new chips are said to bring a performance that would be able to surpass AMD and Apple processors.

Lastly, we have the "Nova Lake" CPUs which would bring forth brand new architectures known as Panther Cove and Darkmont to the table. The lineup is rumored to be the biggest architectural uplift in Intel's history, though these aren't going to be released before 2025.

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Okay, according to one deleted tech blog post, it appears that some of the future CPU architectures might not rock the HYBRID arch sporting BIG+ Small cores (Mostly, lunar and Nova lake). It makes sense though, as not every CPU arch will benefit by a hybrid design approach. This makes more sense when it comes to Laptops, instead of desktops.

We don't even know how the upcoming ALDER LAKE series are gonna perform in Games, and how will the overall performance be affected by the new Hybrid CPU design. Now here comes the most important part, the OS SCHEDULER. The scheduler should be able to switch between the CPU cores, depending on the task and system load in hand. Failing to do so might render the system useless.

Btw, I think Windows 11 OS might have better support for the upcoming Alder Lake and future architecture designs, instead of Windows 10 OS, IMO. But I seriously doubt that Windows 11 OS might have a HUGE adoption rate when it initially launches. Given the min Hardware requirements, particularly requiring TPM 2.0 functionality and DX12 GPUs,

The problem for most users would not be the RAM, storage or GPU requirements, but the need for TPM 2.0, a feature most consumers don’t even know about that isn’t present on many computers from just a few years ago and is disabled on a lot of current-generation systems too. The good news is that, if we have a processor from the last three to five years or so, then there’s a good chance we can enable TPM in the UEFI BIOS and solve this problem. 😎 (y)

Just my 2 cents ! NICK.
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