Intel’s 14th Gen Meteor Lake: Release Date, Specs, Socket, and More

The anticipation for Intel’s 14th Gen Meteor Lake CPUs has been building, and as leaks continue to surface, the landscape of its development is evolving. Our exploration of the Intel Core i9-13900K, the flagship CPU of the 13th Gen, has only fueled our eagerness for Intel’s next-gen offerings. On the other hand, AMD’s Ryzen 7000 3D CPU series, unveiled at CES 2023, has garnered significant attention among gamers.

For those on the brink of acquiring a new processor, we’ve compiled all the current insights regarding the Intel Meteor Lake CPU lineup. This compilation encompasses official updates from Intel as well as assorted rumors concerning the Intel 14th Gen socket, launch date, and a glimpse into the imminent Meteor Lake architecture. Amidst the flurry of leaks circulating on platforms like Twitter and Weibo, some contradictions have arisen, but after methodically sieving through the information, a coherent picture of Intel’s forthcoming Meteor Lake 14th Gen CPUs emerges.

Release Date for Intel 14th Gen: When Can We Expect Meteor Lake?

When can we expect Intel’s 14th Gen processors to hit the market? Well, it seems the official unveiling is set for the Intel Innovation 2023 event scheduled for September 19-20th in San Jose. However, there’s a twist, instead of Meteor Lake, the upcoming CPUs might actually belong to a ‘Raptor Lake-S Refresh‘ lineup. The possibility of a Meteor Lake architecture release this year remains uncertain, but there’s a glimmer of hope for its appearance in new laptop CPUs in the near future.

Now, before we delve into whether the 14th Gen Intel CPUs will adopt an older or newer architecture, there’s some interesting news on the horizon. A Chinese PC manufacturer called Mechanic has proudly introduced their latest gaming desktop, charmingly named the “机械师曙光” or Machinist Dawn. This PC is reportedly slated for an October release and is expected to pack a punch with a ‘new generation of Intel Core processors.‘ In fact, the wording strongly suggests that these processors will be none other than Intel’s 14th Gen. Furthermore, a report by sheds light on another exciting aspect, this PC will be among the first to feature standard-issue PCIe 5.0 SSDs, raising the excitement level a notch higher.

This update lines up nicely with Intel’s official announcement, indicating that regular folks like us can get our hands on the 14th Gen CPUs starting around the fourth quarter of 2023. But here’s the twist: will these CPUs be based on the Meteor Lake architecture or a revamped version of the previous Raptor Lake design? According to a post by a Weibo user ‘Golden Pig Upgrade Pack,‘ Intel might actually label the Raptor Lake Refresh as the 14th Generation. What’s unclear is whether they’re talking about desktop or laptop CPUs in the 14th Gen lineup.

So, if you were eagerly waiting for a significant upgrade from the 13th-Gen desktop CPUs, it might not be on the menu this year. The leaked roadmap, as shared by @9550pro’s tweet, suggests that this year is more about refreshing the CPUs we already have. Still, the real excitement lies in discovering the performance benefits that these refreshes could bring. In the following sections, we’ll dive into the leaked benchmarks and specs for the new 14th Gen CPUs.

Checking out the leaked roadmap (which, by the way, is a confidential Intel document), it’s clear that some CPUs are indeed slated for release this year. But hold on, recent leaks are causing quite a bit of confusion about what exactly the 14th Gen CPU lineup will consist of. Brace yourself for this: we might witness different architectures flying the same 14th Gen Intel flag. To break it down further, “certain laptop or desktop 14th Gen CPUs might actually lean on a spruced-up version of the Raptor Lake S architecture“.

A while back, YouTuber Moore’s Law Is Dead chimed in on Intel’s Meteor Lake scenario. It’s possible that new laptop CPUs within Intel’s 14th Gen family could make their grand entrance around the third quarter of 2023. Here’s the deal: “Intel is likely gearing up to offer a response to AMD’s Ryzen 7000 3D CPUs“. However, the soonest we can expect these chips to reach us regular users is probably by the end of 2023. These Intel CPUs will play the performance game, sometimes winning in certain benchmarks and occasionally conceding, but ultimately granting Intel users a fresh array of processor options to amp up their PC experience.

Now, let’s dig into the available online information, focusing on what we’ve got regarding the intriguing new architecture codenamed Intel Meteor Lake. However, we’ll also touch on details about the ‘refreshRaptor Lake S CPUs, as they might find a home under the Intel 14th Gen banner.

Confirmed: Intel’s Ultra Branding for Meteor Lake CPUs

Intel has officially announced a change in its approach to naming future CPUs. For well over ten years, we’ve known them as Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, and later Core i9. But hold onto your hat, because Intel is all set to simplify things. The iconic “i” in the processor names is getting the boot for good.

Starting with CPUs from the Meteor Lake series onward, the “i” will vanish from the names. What’s the new nomenclature, you ask? Prepare to meet Core 3, Core 5, Core 7, and Core 9. That’s the new naming convention. But wait, there’s more! Intel is adopting a two-tiered system for classifying its products. The top-notch, powerhouse CPUs will be tagged as “Core Ultra,” while the more basic models will simply carry the Core label alongside the familiar 3, 5, 7, or 9 classification.

In essence, Intel’s reimagining how they label their CPUs, shaking things up for a fresh look and feel.

Let’s break it down with an example. The once-familiar Core i7 flagship CPU is getting a makeover and will now be called something like “Intel Core Ultra 7 processor ##xx.” The exact numbering is still in the works, but you can expect the generation and model number to follow right after the word “processor.” Intel’s giving its naming strategy a fresh spin, and this transition is set to take place with the Meteor Lake CPUs. Why Meteor Lake, you ask? Well, these CPUs are poised to mark a significant turning point, representing a major leap in Intel’s CPU architecture design.

Now, here’s where things get a bit intriguing. Since we’re not entirely sure whether the 14th Gen CPUs will fully embrace the Meteor Lake concept or lean towards a spruced-up Raptor Lake architecture, it’s a tad uncertain if the CPUs making their debut at this year’s innovation event will adopt this new branding or if it’ll wait for the next generation. If both architectures coexist this year, then we might witness the naming shift in action as early as this year.

Rumored Specs and Benchmarks for Intel 14th Gen CPUs

Let’s dive into the anticipated specs and potential performance of the upcoming Intel 14th Gen CPUs. While these new processors are expected to hit the scene this year, it’s often the case that specifics are disclosed to manufacturers first. In this case, has managed to get their hands on some internal data from Intel, giving us a peek at what’s brewing in the 14th Gen desktop CPU lineup including the Intel Core i5-14600KIntel Core i7-14700K, and Intel Core i9-14900K.

Now, remember, these are rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt, especially since Intel recently shook things up by announcing a branding update that might affect their naming conventions. Nevertheless, it’s intriguing to explore these rumored specs. Take a look below: the i9-14900K is said to boast 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores, with a Turbo Velocity Boost (TVB) frequency of 6.0GHz. Interestingly, in the past, Intel rolled out a special-edition 13th Gen CPU, the i9-13900KS, which also managed to hit the same 6.0GHz frequency. While the listed TDP (thermal design power) sits at 125W, the actual power consumption when it ramps up to these high frequencies might hover around ~300W.

Rumors aren’t confined to just the unlocked ‘Kseries CPUs. There’s a trickle of information about the non-K Intel 14th Gen desktop CPUs too. These aren’t comprehensive specifications, but they do offer intriguing insights. The person leaking this info on Twitter (@g01d3nm4ng0) also hinted that the prices for these 14th-Gen CPUs “might be in the same ballpark” as the previous generation.

And of course, benchmarks have their own story to tell. Some early numbers are making rounds. The most recent leak, credited to @9550pro on X, suggests a remarkable 21% improvement in multi-threading performance for the i7-14700K compared to its predecessor, the i7-13700K. There’s also about a 4% bump in single-core performance. What’s interesting is that this leak refers to the 14700K as the ‘13700KS.’ By the way, the new i7 of the 14th Gen seems to sport a configuration with 20 cores, a bump up from its predecessor’s 16-core setup. It’s an exciting glimpse into the potential leaps these new CPUs might offer.

Diving into the realm of leaks, a user who’s been quite active in sharing early insights revealed some preliminary performance figures for Intel’s top-tier i9-14900K and the i7-14700K. These tests were conducted on Bapco’s Crossmark benchmark, a versatile test that assesses a device’s prowess in productivity, creativity, and responsiveness. Take these initial benchmark scores as averages; the maximum figures were a tad higher. You can see the actual scores in the images linked within the tweet, placed right below the benchmark data.

Moving along, a post from user @wxnod showcases an image of an MSI BIOS apparently powering the i7-14700K CPU. The clock speed touted is a whopping 6.30GHz, which is 300MHz above the previous flagship Intel CPU, the i9-13900KS’s 6.0GHz turbo boost clock. Now, that’s an impressive frequency if it’s something achievable by regular users. Clearly, this user decided to kick things up a notch with some overclocking, cranking up the voltage to 1.3V. That’s quite high and would demand a robust 360mm water cooling system to handle the heat. Interestingly, the RAM was also manually pushed to a speedy 4600MHz. Just so you know, the motherboard here is based on the DDR4 architecture.

Then, there’s a leaked benchmark result for the i5-14600KF. This processor seems to come with 14 cores and 20 threads, boasting a peak recorded frequency of 5300MHz. You can get a closer look at this leaked benchmark over at the Geekbench Browser. According to Geekbench, the benchmarking setup featured the i5-14600KF CPU, a TUF Z790-Plus Motherboard, 32GB of RAM clocked at 6000MHz, and intriguingly, the CPU code-name hinted at ‘Raptor Lake.’ This could imply that the 14th Gen CPUs might just be a ‘refresh‘ of the Raptor Lake generation.

And oh, there are leaked specs for the i5-14600K too (via Twitter/@9550pro). A few details are a tad blurry, but one thing’s clear, the CPU operates within a 125W TDP, and its setup includes 6 performance cores along with 8 efficiency cores.

Moving on to laptop territory, there’s a leaked benchmark for unreleased 14th-Gen Intel CPUs intended for laptops. While the figures might not be particularly exciting, it’s worth noting that the processor unrecognized by the website, indicating it’s an early sample of a 14th Gen or Meteor Lake CPU. The performance here was a bit underwhelming, probably due to the hardware being in its early testing phase.

But wait, there’s more! From this benchmark, we can still glean some insights into the potential specs of Intel’s 14th-Gen laptop CPUs. This particular CPU in the benchmark wielded 12 cores and 16 threads. Going by Intel’s internal setup, it’s likely that there are 4 P-Cores in this CPU, each capable of handling 2 threads. On the other side, there are 8 E-Cores and their respective threads, totaling up to 16 threads. Brace yourselves for Intel’s Hybrid E-Core + P-Core design, it’s definitely on the horizon.

Here’s where the benchmarks reveal more than just numbers. The benchmark not only gives us a sneak peek at the processor’s prowess but also drops a big hint with the mention of “Intel Arc graphics.” Rumors about Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs have been buzzing, promising significant improvements in integrated graphics performance compared to previous generations. While we’ll delve into the graphics performance enhancements in the next section, let’s first explore what’s in the pipeline. Mind you, this is all based on whispers and speculations, no official word yet.

The folks at have shared some specs for the mobile versions of the Intel 14th Gen processors. They’ve also introduced us to some exciting new features that we’ll be unraveling in the upcoming discussion. One noteworthy detail in the document highlights the support for up to LPDDR5 7400MHz memory. Take a moment to peruse this leaked overview of Intel’s Meteor Lake U-Series, P-Series, and H-Series CPUs. These are expected to make their debut as mobile Meteor Lake CPUs for laptops.

Adding more intrigue, there was another leaked benchmark, this time courtesy of Twitter user @BenchLeaks. This particular benchmark was for a laptop CPU from the Meteor Lake family, sporting the moniker “Core Ultra 7 1003H.” It was a PugetBench Lightroom test, though it seems to have been pulled from the website since then. However, once something makes its way onto the vast expanse of the internet, it’s not so easy to make it vanish. Check out the leaked benchmark below; it clearly displays the processor’s name along with a mention of Intel Arc graphics in the GPU specifications.

Compatibility Confirmed: Older Motherboards to Support Intel 14th Gen CPUs

Let’s address a fundamental question that’s bound to cross many minds: Will the Intel 14th Gen processors continue to utilize the LGA1700 socket? This socket saw action with Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake and 13th Gen Raptor Lake desktop CPUs, sparking curiosity about its role in the next-gen CPUs.

The good news is that there’s a strong indication pointing towards compatibility. Intel has already graced the LGA 1700 socket with two processor generations, allowing users to upgrade CPUs through a BIOS update. Here’s where it gets interesting, a recent development suggests that there’s a high likelihood of older motherboards accommodating the new 14th Gen CPUs. If you sift through the official BIOS update notes for a variety of motherboards like Z790, Z690, B660, and others that have hosted 13th Gen/12th Gen processors, you’ll find a clear statement about these updates including compatibility for the upcoming Intel Processors.

This is quite the game-changer, allowing users to elevate their CPU game without bidding adieu to their trusty old motherboards. Intel’s historical pattern has been rather restrictive when it comes to upgrading processors for desktop users, usually spanning only two generations. So, this extended support is definitely a refreshing shift. A glance at the BIOS updates section for this board, as well as for other LGA 1700 socket motherboards, explicitly states that the recent update offers compatibility for the impending 14th Gen CPUs.

This trend holds true across various motherboard pages, such as Z690 and B660 models from different brands. One standout example is ASRock’s B660M-ITX/ac, where the top feature clearly states its support for “13th Gen & 12th Gen and next-gen Intel Core Processors (LGA1700).” Similar instances have occurred before, primarily with a BIOS update that introduced compatibility for the 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs. It’s evident that this latest BIOS update rollout for existing Intel motherboards is getting them all prepped up for the imminent launch of the 14th Gen CPUs. This compatibility breakthrough brings a sigh of relief to users, granting them more flexibility in their CPU upgrade journey.

ASRock B660M-ITX/ac Motherboard with ‘Next-Gen Ready’ branding

Exploring Intel 14th Gen: Could There Be a New Z890 Chipset and LGA 1851 Socket?

Now, let’s delve into the intriguing realm of rumors surrounding the potential Z890 motherboard chipset (via VideoCardz). A deleted tweet from a user (@leaf_hobby) contains quite a few juicy details about this supposed new motherboard. For starters, whispers suggest that this fresh motherboard could introduce native PCI-e 5.0 support for M.2 NVMe SSDs. This intriguing tidbit could mean that a larger share of Intel’s Z890 motherboards might step up to the plate with compatibility for Gen 5 NVMe SSDs, a notable enhancement compared to the previous generations.

So, what’s cooking with the Z890 Chipset? Well, the rumor mill suggests it could offer a sumptuous 20 PCIe Gen 5 lanes, a step up from the previous 16 lanes featured in the last chipset. And that’s not all – there’s talk of an additional 4 PCIe Gen 4 lanes potentially making their way into the mix. If that wasn’t enough to spark excitement, there’s also a mention of Wi-Fi 7 making its grand entrance on Intel Z890 motherboards.

A visual treat has also emerged, comparing the older Intel 12th and 13th Gen sockets with a mysterious new socket dubbed LGA 1851. This leaked image, displayed below, showcases the new socket’s dimensions, which are strikingly similar to the tried-and-true LGA 1700 socket size. This similarity could potentially translate to cooler compatibility across both these socket types. However, keep in mind that it’s not officially confirmed whether the LGA 1851 socket will find its place in Z890 motherboards. What we do know for certain is that motherboard manufacturers have made a statement, older boards are going to be compatible with “next-gen Intel CPUs.” This strong suggestion seems to point squarely at the 14th-Gen CPUs.

Now, as we consider the possibility of Z890 motherboards entering the stage alongside the Intel 14th Gen CPUs at the upcoming Innovation Event 2023, it’s worth noting that these new motherboards might boast a socket design that’s friendly to the older generations as well. So, this intriguing socket leak might actually be pointing towards a different CPU series altogether.

Digging into the world of Intel 14th Gen Integrated GPUs: What We Know So Far

If you’ve had your eyes on the key additions mentioned in the previous leak, you might have spotted something intriguing in the graphics architecture, media, and display sections. Intel seems to be embarking on a significant overhaul of their integrated graphics architecture for the upcoming 14th Gen CPUs. They’re even rumored to be incorporating AV1 support if the leak holds water, which is a pretty big deal in the codec world.

Back in a 2022 Intel investor meeting, Raja Koduri, the former head of Intel’s Accelerated Computing and Graphics division, shared some insight into what we can expect from Intel Meteor Lake’s integrated graphics. He dropped some exciting hints, mentioning that “Meteor Lake introduces a groundbreaking architecture where tiled GPUs are integrated on a 3D package. This innovation promises to deliver the kind of performance you’d associate with discrete graphics, all while retaining the efficiency of integrated graphics.” It’s like a new class of graphics that doesn’t quite fit the traditional integrated or discrete labels.

Intel’s roadmap lends even more weight to these claims. They’ve mentioned the “Intel Arc Tile GPU” as a part of the Meteor Lake CPU architecture and subsequent generations. The upcoming Intel Arc graphics for the 14th Gen CPUs is slated to be called ‘Intel Arc Battlemage‘. These technological advancements are set to become integral to the new processors, and we’ll be sure to dive deeper into these features when more information becomes available.

While a lot of these tech talks are geared towards the mobile CPU lineup of Intel 14th Gen, it’s a safe bet that many of these advancements will trickle down to the desktop CPU lineup too. Now, let’s turn our attention to performance. Insights from YouTuber Moore’s Law Is Dead shed light on what’s brewing under the hood in terms of Intel Arc integrated graphics on Meteor Lake CPUs. Their source suggests that Meteor Lake could double the performance of 96EU Raptor Lake GPUs at the same power. Just a quick note, when they talk about 96EU, they’re referring to the number of execution units in Raptor Lake CPUs.

And there’s more, whispers suggest that 14th Gen CPUs might boast up to 512MB of Cache dedicated for integrated graphics on Meteor Lake CPUs, playfully named Adamantine Cache. While desktop CPUs might not witness a monumental leap in graphics performance, the story could be different for laptop CPUs. In fact, these leaks suggest that laptop CPUs could offer a significant boost in graphics performance, all within the same power constraints.

Adding fuel to the excitement, the YouTube Channel Moore’s Law Is Dead recently shared another update, focusing on Meteor Lake’s integrated Intel Arc graphics. They predict that “low-end graphics cards” could start losing their appeal post-Meteor Lake, owing to the high performance these integrated GPUs might churn out. Based on the latest leaks, it’s even speculated that “the high-end Meteor Lake Xe GPU could outpace the mobile GTX 1650 and maybe even the RTX 3050“. This could be a game-changer, enabling entry-level gaming without the need for a dedicated GPU. But the benefits don’t stop there other applications would also enjoy the perks of improved graphics performance. And here’s the cherry on top: these incredibly efficient GPUs could also usher in a significant improvement in battery life. All in all, the horizon seems promising for Intel’s integrated graphics scene.

Elevating AI Power with Intel Meteor Lake: The VPU Advantage

Intel is gearing up to introduce some exciting AI capabilities through their upcoming Meteor Lake CPUs. They’ve recently shed light on the enhancements coming to Meteor Lake, where both the CPU and GPU are getting a boost to better serve the surging demands of artificial intelligence workloads. But that’s not all, a notable addition to Meteor Lake chips is the VPU (Vision Processing Unit), a concept that was already floated around in late 2022. Microsoft’s Partner Research Manager aptly referred to the VPU as a “turning point in computing,” and that’s absolutely on the mark.

So, what does this new VPU bring to the table? Well, it’s essentially designed to significantly elevate the performance of AI-specific tasks. Imagine this: certain AI workloads that would typically burden the GPU’s rendering performance can now be efficiently offloaded to the VPU. This intelligent offloading can potentially result in improved GPU rendering, giving more room for smoother graphics while AI tasks are tackled with finesse by the VPU.

As we step into the future, Intel is placing a strong emphasis on driving AI performance innovation. “This move aligns perfectly with the trajectory of modern computing, where AI has established its prominence”. While it’s a bit fuzzy whether the upcoming 14th Gen CPUs will fully integrate the VPU, given that they could belong to the Meteor Lake or Raptor Lake-S lineup, Intel’s commitment to amping up AI capabilities is certainly evident. The integration of a VPU marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of computing, setting the stage for a new era of AI-powered prowess.

Will Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs Work with Both DDR5 and DDR4 Memory?

As of now, it’s uncertain whether Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs will exclusively support DDR5 memory, or if they will maintain compatibility with both DDR4 and DDR5 memory options.

What Socket Will Intel 14th Gen CPUs Use?

The prevailing leaks strongly suggest that Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs will adopt a fresh LGA 1851 socket.

Has Intel 14th Gen Been Released?

No, Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs are yet to make their debut. Although it’s likely that laptop CPUs from the 14th Gen lineup might launch this year, there’s also a possibility of desktop CPUs being released.

What’s the Name of Intel’s 14th Gen CPU Series?

The Intel 14th Gen lineup might encompass various architectures, with the codenamed Meteor Lake being the new architecture in the spotlight.

How Many Cores Can We Expect in Meteor Lake CPUs?

While the flagship variant of the Meteor Lake CPU is still under wraps, a leaked hint has indicated the possibility of up to 14 cores in the P-Series and H-Series laptop CPUs.

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