Intel’s Meteor Lake CPUs: Breaking Past 5 GHz Clocks

by Adeel Younas
Intel's Meteor Lake CPUs

Intel’s upcoming next-gen Meteor Lake CPUs, branded as the “Core Ultra” lineup, are expected to feature impressive clock speeds of 5 GHz and beyond.

Intel is set to launch its Meteor Lake CPUs later this year. Next month’s upcoming major event, part of the “Intel On” series, will provide details about the specific SKUs. However, Golden Pig Upgrade, a known leaker, has shared some early insights.

The Meteor Lake CPUs: Aiming for 5 GHz and Beyond

According to the leaker Meteor Lake will feature clock speeds of and beyond 5 GHz. The Core Ultra 7 CPUs (formerly Core i7) are expected to reach up to 5 GHz single-core frequencies.  The higher-end Core Ultra 9 CPUs (formerly Core i9) will reach speeds beyond 5 GHz.

Intel's Meteor Lake Specs

It’s still unclear whether these are final clocks or early samples. From what we know so far, the Intel Meteor Lake CPUs will have a maximum core configuration of 6 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores.

P-Cores and E-Cores: What’s Under the Hood?

The P-Cores will utilize the Redwood Cove core architecture, and the E-Cores will use the Crestmont core architecture. The CPUs will be fabricated on the Intel 4 process node and will leverage TSMC’s 5nm process node for the iGPU.

Intel Core i9-13900H

Intel’s Core i9-13900H, which features a similar core configuration of 6+8 cores, has clock speeds rated at up to 5.4 GHz on a single core. These are an optimized or 2nd gen version of the Alder Lake chips on a more mature node.

Considering that Intel 4 (7nm EUV) will be brand new for Intel. It having similar clock speeds of 5.10-5.20 GHz is a significant feat, and we can expect further optimizations down the line.

On the GPU side, it will boast speeds north of 2 GHz, with 2.2 to 2.4 GHz samples appearing in various databases.

Recap of Expected Features of Intel Meteor Lake CPUs:

  • Triple-Hybrid CPU Architecture (P/E/LP-E Cores)
  • Brand New Redwood Cove (P-Cores)
  • Brand New Crestmont (E-Cores)
  • Up To 14 Cores (6+8) For H/P Series & Up To 12 Cores (4+8) For U Series CPUs
  • Intel 4 Process Node For CPU, TSMC For tGPU
  • Intel ‘Xe-MTL’ GPU With Up To 128 EUs
  • Up To LPDDR5X-7467 & DDR5-5200 Support
  • Up To 96 GB DDR5 & 64 GB LPDDR5X Capacities
  • Intel VPU For AI Inferencing With Atom Cores
  • x8 Gen 5 Lanes For Discrete GPU (Only H-Series)
  • Triple x4 M.2 Gen 4 SSD Support
  • Four Thunderbolt 4 Ports

Intel confirmed during its recent earnings call that production of its Meteor Lake CPUs will ramp up in the second half of 2023. The company will also hold an Innovation event in September 2023.

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