Intel Raptor Lake 24 Cores Might Crush Multithreaded Apps Rumored
While Intel’s dream of hybrid desktops has yet to be realized with Alder Lake, we’re already looking at the Santa Clara chipmaker’s next big project. Intel Raptor Lake is expected to be Alder’s sequel to come in 2022, and rumor has it that these chips will ship a significant number of cores when they arrive.
Let’s get right into the exciting rumors. According to YouTuber and leaker Moore’s Law is Dead, Intel is planning a major overhaul of the kernel with its second-generation hybrid processors, codenamed Raptor Lake. Following Alder Lake, which is slated for release later this year, Raptor Lake could come up with up to 16 “small” hearts alongside eight new and improved “big” hearts.
This would see Raptor Lake coming with as many big hearts as Alder Lake but twice as many small hearts, for a total of 24 per chip.
Raptor Lake may share the same small core architecture as Alder Lake, Gracemont, but its large cores will feature the new architecture of Raptor Cove, which can be considered “the improved golden cove”. Effectively an improved version of the Alder Lake large cores.
More smaller cores should help highly threaded applications, while larger cores will take over for more singular workloads, such as gaming.
That said, there is still a question mark about the performance of hybrid chips. It’s not just the hardware that has to change to make it possible, it’s also the software. For this reason, Intel would work with Microsoft on a new and improved Windows scheduler. One capable of better utilizing a mixed core configuration. It is said to be happening just in time for the launch of Alder Lake.
Coincidence? I do not think so.
Intel Raptor Lake is said to arrive in late 2022, roughly a year after Intel’s supposed October release date of Alder Lake. Alder Lake and Raptor Lake are expected to share the LGA 1700 socket, and probably a lot more than that, even. Most likely DDR5 memory, Gen 12 (Intel Xe) and PCIe 5.0 graphics, at least.
All Intel will beg for will see Raptor Lake fight with AMD’s Zen 4 architecture, which is also slated to launch in late 2022. Meteor Lake will continue the fight after that, Intel’s first 7nm processor architecture, which release is scheduled for 2023.
From Intel’s Tiles to AMD’s V-Cache, this is a great time to write about processor development. There is some really fiery competition brewing, and I hope you’re as excited as I am about it.