Intel has been on a roll recently, specifically with the last two generations of processors, Alder Lake (12th Gen) and Raptor Lake (13th Gen). They are offering more and more cores and substantially better performance while maintaining the same price point.
However, AMD is also coming up with incredible generational gains, so Intel has to keep its momentum; otherwise, the competition might quickly overtake them.
Fortunately, Intel’s 14th-Gen Meteor Lake processors should be a solid upgrade from Raptor Lake and will help the company maintain its position in the CPU race.
But exactly how much performance will Meteor Lake bring to the table? Well, that’s precisely what this article will cover, alongside information for the release date, price, specifications, and more!
Let’s get right to it!
- January 20, 2023: Added rumors regarding the cancellation of Meteor Lake desktop processors.
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Intel is pretty clear about its plans for future CPU generations, so we do have a general idea of when Meteor Lake will release.
Intel’s roadmap shows that Meteor Lake products will be ready to launch in 2023. We guess they will aim for Q3 or Q4 of 2023, while Arrow Lake (next-next-gen) is planned for 2024.
However, there are some rumors that Intel’s 14th generation processors will, in fact, be the refreshed Raptor Lake rather than Meteor Lake.
OneRaichu, a known leaker, mentions that MTL-S, Meteor Lake’s desktop CPUs, are canceled. Although, that’s a very bold claim, so we suggest taking this rumor with a huge grain of salt.
It’s still a long until we know the exact Intel 14th-Gen launch day, but we’ll be sure to update you when more information is available!
Intel’s 14th-Gen processors will move from the Intel 7 (10nm Enhanced SuperFin) process node to Intel 4 (7nm Enhanced SuperFin), which should bring a considerable performance improvement.
But that’s not all!
Based on the leaks we’ve seen from MLID, Meteor Lake will also come with new P-cores (Redwood Cove) and E-cores (Crestmont).
With these new cores, the flagship CPU (i9-14900K) will come with 6 P-Cores and 16 E-Cores, leading to a total of 22 cores and 28 threads. That’s 2 P-cores less than the Intel Core i9-13900K. However, Redwood Cove may bring a 15-25% IPC improvement over Raptor Cove (Raptor Lake P-Cores).
The new Crestmont E-cores will also have a 15% IPC improvement over Gracemont (Raptor Lake E-cores).
Although we might see a reduction in clock speeds (for both core types) compared to Intel 13th-Gen.
Still, if these leaks/rumors are accurate, the next-gen processors will deliver a tremendous single-threaded and multithreaded gain over 13th-Gen.
To make 14th-Gen even more appealing, Intel will aim for efficiency this time. It’s no secret that 13th-Gen flagship CPUs were very power-hungry, so it’s nice to see that Meteor Lake will bring lower power.
New Socket And DDR5
Unfortunately, Intel will supposedly abandon the LGA 1700 socket that Alder Lake and Raptor Lake used and go with the new LGA 1851 socket. In other words, users will not be able to reuse their LGA 1700 motherboards (B660, Z690, Z790, or B760, etc.)
Even though Intel had the advantage over Ryzen 7000 because of its DDR4 support with Raptor Lake, Meteor Lake will support DDR5 memory only. But DDR5 should come down in price and improve in speed in 2023, so it’s probably the best decision for Meteor Lake.
We’re still far from Intel’s Meteor Lake launch day, so there is no reliable information regarding the price of the next-gen CPUs.
However, Intel’s pricing has been pretty consistent throughout history, so we can guess what the price points will look like.
Here are our estimates:
- Intel Core i9-14900K – $589
- Intel Core i9-14900KF – $564
- Intel Core i7-14700K – $409
- Intel Core i7-14700KF – $384
- Intel Core i5-14600K – $319
- Intel Core i5-14600KF – $294
Simply put, we believe that the pricing for these six SKUs will remain the same with Meteor Lake.
No benchmarks or performance data is available now for 14th-Gen CPUs. But, as soon as such information is available, we’ll ensure to keep you up to date with this article and show you how they will fare in the CPU tier list.