At the Intel Innovation conference in San Jose, we learned important details about the new 14th Gen Meteor Lake chips. Intel’s 14th Gen chips will launch on December 14, and will officially be titled Core Ultra chips.
After years of designing chips with a big emphasis on performance, Intel is finally flipping the script. With the 14th Gen chips, Intel is trying out a design that focuses more on efficiency than performance. We can’t wait to try out laptops that feature these chips, but until then, we’ll settle for learning everything we can about Meteor Lake chips.
Meteor Lake 14th Gen overview
Just like Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake chips, the 14th Gen Meteor Lake chips consist of performance cores (P-cores) and efficiency cores (E-cores). The P-cores are referred to as Redwood Cove, and the E-Cores are known as Crestmont. The 14th Gen chips introduce a new low-power E-Core as well.
Intel hasn’t given many details about specific performance improvements or how many Meteor Lake configurations we can expect when they launch in mid-December. The only configuration Intel revealed during its Tech Day presentation was a 6 P-core + 8 E-Core configurations. If this follows suit with previous configurations, this is likely an i9 or i7 processor configuration.
We know Redwood Cove will offer improved bandwidth and performance, but the only concrete details we have are about Crestmont performance improvements. These details come from Rajshree Chabukswar (via PCWorld), who says that Crestmont is about 4 to 6 percent faster with instructions per clock compared to Raptor Lake chips.
14th Gen Meteor Lake chips from Intel are adding low-power E-cores to its hybrid design from 12th and 13th Gen chips. Without getting too complex, the Meteor Lake chip has four separate tiles, one for the CPU, the SoC (System on a Chip), graphics, and I/O.