Arrow Lake CPUs: Intel's Next-Gen Processors and Their Expected Names

Intel's highly anticipated Arrow Lake processors for desktop computers are set to launch later this year, with recent leaks revealing potential naming conventions and sparking excitement about their performance capabilities

by Sededin Dedovic
Arrow Lake CPUs: Intel's Next-Gen Processors and Their Expected Names
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Intel's Arrow Lake processors are arriving for desktop computers and are expected to appear later this year, and we’ve just caught a leak regarding how these chips might be named. This information comes from one of the frequent leakers on X (formerly Twitter), and as always, take these claims with a grain of salt.

The theory is that the initial launches for Arrow Lake will be 285K, 265K, and 245K – which should correspond to Core i9, Core i7, and Core i5 CPUs from the current generation range (Raptor Lake Refresh). So, the initial Arrow Lake CPU names might be: Core Ultra 9 285K, Core Ultra 7 265K, Core Ultra 5 245K, reports TechRadar.

Subsequently, non-K editions (meaning locked processors that cannot be overclocked, unlike K chips) won’t use the same numbering – as has been the case, where the ‘K’ is simply omitted (14900K, 14900).

These will be named completely differently as Core Ultra 275, 255, and 240 (VideoCardz theorizes these would be Core Ultra 7 and Core Ultra 5 models). There’s further suggestion that we could get a Core Ultra 9 290K later, which would be equivalent to “KS” limited edition chips (14900KS).

The battle of next-generation CPUs is starting to take shape If this happens, are these new names confusing? Well, they will certainly cause some confusion among buyers at first, no doubt. For desktop CPUs, this represents a significant change from the typical 14900K, 14700K, and so on, which we’ve been accustomed to for a long time.

However, these names make sense based on the naming scheme for Meteor Lake (laptop) CPUs, and it’s expected that Intel will transition to its Core Ultra branding across all chips, not just those for laptops.

Intels Arrow Lake is the next generation of processors following the current 14th-gen Meteor Lake and Raptor Lake refresh models© Tech Syndicate / Youtube channel

In any case, although the names might change, and confusion might be widespread among some, the basic specs shouldn’t change.

With the upcoming Arrow Lake desktop processors, the top-end should still have 8 performance cores and 16 efficient cores, as is the case with Raptor Lake Refresh (and all recent generations). According to another recent rumor, the other main platform on which Intel will base Arrow Lake processors will have six performance cores plus eight efficient cores – there will be plenty of variants on both platforms, as always.Arrow Lake seems to be in an unusual position right now.

Earlier leaks certainly suggested that these next-generation CPUs would be a huge leap in performance for Intel – though that hype has somewhat diminished (though not entirely extinguished). What has recently emerged is doubt that Intel will manage to release Arrow Lake on time this year, with the possibility that these desktop CPUs might not hit the shelves until the very end of 2024.

The problem for Intel in that case is that AMD’s Zen 5 processors might be available in Q3, if other rumors hold true, and that could mean these next Ryzen CPUs – also expected to be a significant step forward in terms of performance – will have space to really dominate for a while.

Especially if the volume of Arrow Lake is unstable initially, as indicated by another speculation, and Zen 5 (Ryzen 9000) is more accessible. With all that taken into account, AMD could be in an excellent position to challenge Intel’s spots in our ranking of the best CPUs.

Add your own skepticism here, of course, but that’s how things currently seem. A grain of positivity here is that the names being revealed might indicate that Intel’s Arrow Lake CPUs aren’t as far off as some leaks make them look.

Be even more cautious about that possibility, but still – we actually need all the good vibes around Arrow Lake that we can get. The stronger the competition between these next-generation desktop processors, the better things will be for consumers, after all.

According to TAITRA, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger will speak at Computex 2024: “TAITRA (Taiwan External Trade Development Council) announces Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger’s speech on June 4. Within the theme of artificial intelligence, which this year’s exhibition will be dedicated to, Gelsinger will showcase a new generation of products for data centers and client segments”.

The latest TAITRA announcement also states that Intel will talk about how the company uses its Xeon, Gaudi, and Core Ultra series products to address AI-related challenges. Like the current Meteor Lake chips, future Arrow Lake processors will be equipped with a dedicated AI accelerator (NPU).

Remember, AMD CEO Lisa Su has also confirmed her participation at the upcoming Computex 2024 exhibition, delivering a speech on June 3. AMD is expected to announce the new Zen 5 architecture and processors based on it.