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Intel May Not Offer Low-End Arrow Lake for Desktop Platform, Will Continue with Raptor Lake Refresh

kyojuro 7/9/2024

According to Intel's announced plans, the next generation of Arrow Lake processors will be released during 2024, with both P-Core and E-Core upgraded to the new Lion Cove and Skymont architectures, respectively. Arrow Lake will be extended to multiple platform segments, including "S" for desktops, which will enable the new LGA 1851 socket, replacing the existing LGA 1700 socket. The "HX" for enthusiast gaming laptops will use the same chips as the "S" in a BGA package.

Recently, more news about Arrow Lake has been revealed, stating that there will be no Core i3 replacement for Arrow Lake-S. While there may be a Core Ultra 3, it will not be part of the Arrow Lake family, nor will it be based on a new architecture. Instead, it will likely be built on Raptor Lake Refresh. Intel will announce the full Arrow Lake-S lineup details soon.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Intel was preparing a new product called Bartlett Lake, which would succeed the Raptor Lake Refresh, targeting the low-budget market. This approach is somewhat similar to AMD's strategy of coexisting AM4 and AM5 platforms—introducing LGA 1851 while retaining LGA 1700. The Bartlett Lake-S is rumored to originate from the Networking and Edge Business (NEX) division, which focuses on networking and edge applications. If this holds true, it's unclear whether the final new low-end product will derive from Raptor Lake Refresh or Bartlett Lake.

The Core i3 has been largely stagnant since Alder Lake, the 12th generation Core. Intel has equipped the Core i3 with 4 performance cores, and both the 13th and 14th generation Core i3s saw minimal upgrades, with performance increases coming from a 200MHz frequency bump each generation. With Arrow Lake's unlikely elimination of Hyper-Threading, if it continues to feature only 4 performance cores and a reduced frequency, it could become a less impressive performer, both on paper and in real-world terms.

Additionally, neither Arrow Lake-S nor Arrow Lake-HX have a dedicated transcoding API or support the H264 SVC hardware codec. Video processing hardware acceleration will depend on the GPU's graphics driver, and the systems are expected to handle more than 16 concurrent Full HD decoded streams.

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