The reliable source of CPU and platform leaks, ECSM_Official, has made some new predictions regarding the release dates of future desktop processors.
No new desktop chips are expected until the end of 2022. Intel plans to expand the Raptor Lake family only in the first quarter of 2023, adding mass models of Core i3/i5/i7/i9 lines without the letter “K” in the name. In addition, Intel is expected to release its new flagship – the Core i9-13900KS, with a clock frequency reaching the 6 GHz mark. We remind you that the current top model Core i9-13900K can be accelerated to 5.8 GHz.
The Core i9-13900KS is expected to hit the market closer to the middle of the first half of 2023 (March-April). The AMD Ryzen 7000X3D with an increased L3 buffer should appear around the same time. AMD is expected to release only 6-core/12-thread and 8-core/16-thread models with 3D V-Cache memory technology. These will be chips with one CCD (Core Complex Die). Nothing is reported about the versions with a pair of CDs, with 12 or 16 active cores, so Ryzen 9 7950X3D is not on the horizon yet.
In the second quarter of 2023, the debut of the AMD A620 chipset is expected for entry-level motherboards for the Socket AM5 platform. According to reports, models based on it will not be able to overclock processors and will not have support for the PCI-E 5.0 bus.
Intel is expected to update its 13th generation Core processor lineup with new chips in the 3rd quarter of 2023. Currently, all that is known about the Raptor Lake Refresh is that they will have an increase in operating frequency of 100-200 MHz compared to the existing 13th generation Core processors. This also means that the LGA1700 platform and Raptor Lake will be Intel’s mainstay through 2023, and the 14th generation Meteor Lake won’t hit the market until 2024.
While Meteor Lake will dominate Intel’s mobile processor lineup, they will have a limited presence in the desktop segment. One of the reasons is the reduction of the maximum number of computing cores to 6P + 16E. Even with the increased IPC on both P-cores and E-cores. However, these processors debut on the Socket LGA1851 platform. In 2024, Intel will release Meteor Lake processors, as well as 15th generation Core chips – Arrow Lake. In the latter, the number of cores will be restored to the usual 8P+16E, while the IPC will also be increased, at least for P-cores, compared to Meteor Lake.
Thus, 2023 will be a sluggish year for new desktop processors/platforms, mainly due to the downturn in the PC industry. Intel and AMD will want to make less risky bets. However, let’s once again pay attention to the fact that the given information is just a rumor, which should be treated with healthy skepticism. Manufacturers still have a lot of time to correct plans.