Intel displayed several new products during day two of the 'Vision' event. PC Watch was there to take photos of the chips. The most exciting from a gaming perspective was a pair Meteor Lake chips that will eventually form part of the 14th Gen range. This wasn't the only thing. Intel showcased its Sapphire RapidsXeon CPUs, and Ponte Vecchio's data centre GPU. These processors offer a wealth of tech.
The three processors are based on Intel Foveros 3D stacking technology and packaging technology. These processors are the latest in Intel's design philosophy. Foveros technology is a combination of purpose-built tiles with different functionality, process nodes and into one package. Multi-chip module design is taken to an advanced level by Foveros technology.
Intel's future chips will not integrate purpose-built chiplets but can instead make use of other blocks and not have to use more complicated monolithic dies. Future chips will likely include blocks made with the Intel 4 node. However, it is possible that they will also include blocks made with TSMCs N5 Node. While mixing and matching blocks can be done, using different nodes to build them is another. However, including tiles from different companies in one package is an ambitious task.
Meteor Lake will make its debut in 2023. It will replace the 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors. Intel displayed two Meteor Lake CPUs. One is a desktop CPU and the other is most likely a laptop CPU. As the image shows, Desktop Meteor Lake consists of four tiles. The CPU cores are located in one tile. These cores are high-performance and efficient cores. The GPU is located in the second tile. The SoC controls functionality like memory and PCie controllers. The fourth tile is not yet known. It could contain some type of AI acceleration or cache.Image 1 of 4
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Sapphire Rapids is Intel's next generation Xeon processor family. It is a tile-based CPU that uses Golden Cores, the same microarchitecture as Alder Lake's P cores. Sapphire Rapids CPUs include up to two HBMe stacks, which can be used as a level 4 cache. They will also support DDR5 as well as PCIe 5.0. This family could be a possible HEDT range. It's possible that it will be a workstation-only range similar to AMD's Threadripper 5000 series.
Ponte Vecchio, an HPC accelerator, features 47 tiles and 16 heat dissipation tiles. It will be constructed with TSMC's 5nm Node and a TDP up to 600W. It is currently being sampled and will be used with Sapphire Rapids CPUs in the Argonne National Laborator's Aurora supercomputer.
Our main focus as gamers will be Meteor Lake. However, it is still 12-18 months away. We have the 13th Gen Raptor Lake in the works for you to enjoy later this year. This family will compete with AMD's Zen 4 range. The second half 2022 will be a huge year for gamers, thanks to the new GPU families from AMD, Nvidia, and Intel. Save now!