Igor’sLAB recently acquired an internal presentation from Intel that discloses performance projections for the upcoming Arrow Lake-S, the next-generation client platform. Despite the platform’s release being in the future, the information discussed in the presentation reveals several details that are typically kept confidential for months.
The selection of the configuration for the ’15th Gen Core’ Arrow Lake-S CPU in this comparison was done meticulously to ensure a fair assessment. The projected data is then compared to the upcoming ’14th Gen Core’ Raptor Lake-S Refresh, which shares similarities with Arrow Lake-S, featuring 8 Performance and 16 Efficient cores. One interesting observation is that Arrow Lake-S may have PL1 and PL2 configurations set at 250W, which is slightly lower than Raptor Lake’s LGA1700 platform by 3W. Nevertheless, this slight difference in power is not expected to result in significant variations in performance.
The data in the comparison is standardized based on the current flagship component, the Core i9-13900K, which has an identical configuration to both Arrow Lake-S and Raptor Lake-S in this analysis. However, the presentation does not provide clarity on whether Arrow Lake-S will match the configuration of the Core i9-13900K, or if Intel has plans to introduce something more significant, as speculated, such as additional cores.
A brief examination of the data confirms that the ’14th Gen’ series is expected to showcase a performance boost ranging from one to four percent when compared to the existing offerings. This improvement is depicted in both charts. In contrast, Arrow Lake-S, which incorporates a completely new architecture, is projected to surpass the current lineup by 1% to 21%, depending on the specific benchmark being utilized.
One area where Arrow Lake-S truly excels is in its graphics capabilities. The platform utilizes an Xe-LPG design based on Alchemist, featuring up to 8 Xe Cores. The data suggests that the GPU performance is expected to surpass that of Raptor Lake’s integrated graphics by more than 2.2 times. This news is especially thrilling for those eagerly anticipating Intel’s venture into handheld gaming and individuals who desire systems without dedicated graphics cards.
The report concludes with a tantalizing hint about another upcoming story. Igor discloses that the LGA1851 socket for Arrow Lake-S CPUs will feature a different Z-height, suggesting that existing coolers may require a mounting kit upgrade to ensure full compatibility. The veracity of this claim is expected to be elaborated upon in the forthcoming story, which will likely provide more detailed information in the coming days.
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