Meteor Lake processors, Intel’s next-gen chips expected to come after Raptor Lake, will provide a massive performance boost on the front-end if the new rumor turns out to be true.
How Wccftech (opens in a new tab) reports, is another of that fountain of speculation that is Twitter, and one of the platform’s more famous hardware leaks, namely Raichu.
The goal of the Meteor is to achieve more than 1.5 times the efficiency of the Raptor when it has the same efficiency. (same core processor, P+E)🧐February 6, 2023
Raichu believes that Intel is aiming for at least a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency with its 14th generation Meteor Lake processors over the current Raptor Lake chip. In other words, operating at the same level of performance as the 13th generation chip, the next generation model will consume a third less energy.
Raichu briefly mentions performance in this Twitter thread, but only to confirm that Meteor Lake will boost it – as you’d expect. However, the leaker does not give us any idea of what kind of growth can be expected on this front from these next-gen processors.
We’ve also been told that the integrated graphics for Meteor Lake will almost double the level of performance compared to Raptor Lake, which would also be really impressive.
Analysis: More evidence of Intel’s fresh focus on performance
All of this is great news for laptops, if it fails of course – we always have to be careful about rumors. That said, there has already been quite a buzz about how Meteor Lake will focus on performance, fueling an ever-growing number of performance cores that could benefit from the new architecture. (Indeed, earlier rumors suggested that the 14th Gen might not even have Core i9 desktop models, which could mean a mobile focus.)
A performance increase of 50% or even more means that laptops will be able to contain more powerful chips that are thermally fine within a small form factor. And if the integrated graphics are almost twice as efficient as Raptor Lake – and Intel is already making great strides on that front – we can expect thin and light notebooks that offer impressive performance not only in applications, but also in light games.
Rumor has it that Lunar Lake, Intel’s theoretical 16th generation, will also work hard at performance to the point that it’s built with laptops in mind. All of this could make desktop users worry that Intel could neglect performance, with only Arrow Lake going 15th.
Keep in mind that this is really going deeper into speculation territory, so desktop enthusiasts shouldn’t lose too much sleep – not yet, anyway. But it’s starting to sound more and more like Intel is focusing on performance over the next few generations, which is a marked shift from the last iterations of the Core family, which really pushed hard to achieve strong performance levels, bringing the power consumption of pedaling to the proverbial metal (at least on a high-end desktop).