Intel Meteor Lake CPUs are expected to arrive late in the fourth quarter of next year, with laptop chips arriving sooner, according to a new rumor that also insists 14th-gen desktop CPUs will require a new socket. (although that's not a huge surprise; we'll discuss that in more detail later).

In other words, this means desktop owners who bought Alder Lake, which introduced its own new socket, or the new next-gen Raptor Lake which will continue to use this socket, will need a new motherboard if they want to move to Meteor Lake. (which is a big step for Intel to finally get to 7nm).

This rumor comes from Moore's Law is Dead (MLID) on YouTube (opens in a new tab), a regular source of hardware leaks that insists that the supposed new LGA 2551 socket won't be much different from the current size of the LGA 1700 ( just slightly larger), but it will be much denser (in fact, it's 50% denser, according to the leaker, leaking a photo of what's supposed to be a Meteor Lake chip showing some pin configuration).

We already knew that Meteor Lake is slated for 2023, but it will apparently be QXNUMX before desktop chips launch, and laptop CPUs will debut sooner, most likely in QXNUMX (although mobile CPUs could sneak into the market). end of the second trimester, MLID does not seem very convinced).

Arrow Lake, which would be Intel's 15th generation of processors, is still expected to appear in 2024 (in the second half of the year), the leaker claims, and unsurprisingly, it will retain the same socket as Meteor Lake.

With Arrow Lake, the theory is that Intel will actually load up on efficiency cores, stacking 32 of them with the flagship (along with 8 performance cores, which is apparently what Team Blue will keep for future generations, choosing to go ahead with efficiency cores instead).

Analysis: Some slippage, but no real surprises on the plinth front

As noted, Intel has already told us that Meteor Lake is planned for 2023, but previous rumors have indicated that 14th-gen chips could arrive sooner than MLID currently thinks. What appears to have happened is that Intel's projected timeline has been pushed back a bit so the Meteor Lake desktop won't arrive until the last quarter of next year and in fact the lessor believes the next generation Raptor Lake has also been delayed.

Apparently, we won't see these 13th-gen desktop chips until possibly December 2022 (although a paper release could be around September or October, in other words an early reveal to at least whet your appetite).

Either way, going back to Meteor Lake, with an apparent delay, this silicon could end up going up against Zen 5, MLID theorizes, instead of Zen 4 as Intel intended. Of course, take a big handful of salt with all of this, and we might as well throw some question marks over AMD's ability to release Zen 5 in due time next year, frankly.

The other news here is that Meteor Lake will change sockets and require a motherboard upgrade, meaning the new LGA 1700 socket will only be good for two generations of processors, Alder Lake and Raptor Lake.

That's not really a big surprise though, because Meteor Lake is a big change, moving to 7nm, and it's pretty common practice, at least for Intel, to only support a few generations of processors with one socket (LGA 1200, which preceded to LGA 1700, it was only good for Comet Lake and Rocket Lake, if you remember).

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