Intel's next-gen desktop CPUs have reportedly leaked — Arrow Lake Core Ultra 200 series have same core counts as Raptor Lake Refresh, but fewer threads

Same amount of cores as Raptor Lake Refresh but without the Hyper-Threading.

Chinese news outlet Benchlife claims to have insider information on Intel's upcoming Arrow Lake processors, which will battle it out with the best CPUs on the market. Intel will purportedly market the next-generation chips under the Core Ultra 200 series branding, with 13 alleged SKUs in the works. 


After 15 years of utilizing the Core i series branding, Intel transitioned to the Core Ultra branding with Meteor Lake. Whether we like it or not, the new terminology for product branding is here to stay. Instead of expecting something like the 15th Generation, Arrow Lake will debut under the Core Ultra family, the first desktop chips to do so. The current rumor is that Intel will launch Arrow Lake as the Core Ultra 200 series since Meteor Lake has already taken the Core Ultra 100 series.


Arrow Lake is rumored to feature a chiplet design, much like Meteor Lake, consisting of a compute tile that houses the processor cores. It's still a hybrid design with P-cores and E-cores, which have logically been upgraded since Raptor Lake. According to early speculation, Arrow Lake may combine Intel's Lion Cove P-cores with Skymont E-cores. If the rumors are true, Arrow Lake may not feature Hyper-Threading, so seeing how that affects performance will be intriguing.

Intel Core Ultra Arrow Lake Specifications

Processor Cores / Threads (P+E) PBP (W)
Core i9-14900K 24 / 32 (8+16) 125
Core Ultra 9 285K 24 / 24 (8+16) 125
Core i7-14700K 20 / 28 (8+12) 125
Core Ultra 7 265K 20 / 20 (8 + 12)


Core i5-14600K 14 / 20 (6+8) 125
Core Ultra 5 245K 14 / 14 (6 + 8) 125

Intel will likely release the Core Ultra 200 K-series processors first. That means we could see the introduction of the Core Ultra 9 285K, Core Ultra 7 265K, and Core Ultra 5 245K, which are likely the successor to the Core i9-14900K, Core i7-14700K, and Core i5-14600K, respectively. The core count for Arrow Lake is identical to their Raptor Lake Refresh predecessors. For instance, the Core i9-14900K and Core Ultra 9 285K offer 24 cores. The layout is the same, albeit the eight P-cores with 16 E-cores, as seen on the flagships.

However, the most noteworthy change is the lack of Hyper-Threading on Arrow Lake. So, while Arrow Lake delivers the same amount of cores as Raptor Lake Refresh, it doesn't have the same number of threads. Arrow Lake seems to have 25% to 30% fewer threads than Raptor Lake Refresh. The PBP (Processor Base Power) values for the Core Ultra 200 K series remain unchanged at 125W. We don't have the clock speeds for Arrow Lake yet, so it's impossible to project what kind of performance we can expect. If you believe in Intel's internal projections, Arrow Lake seemingly delivers up to 21% higher performance than Raptor Lake and up to 2X better iGPU performance.

Arrow Lake will reside on new Intel motherboards with LGA1851 sockets and 800-series chipsets. Although the upcoming socket has 9% more pins than the existing LGA1700 socket, the dimensions didn't change, so you might be able to recycle your existing CPU cooler. Arrow Lake continues to leverage DDR5 memory, another piece of hardware you can carry over from an existing build.

Intel hasn't provided details on when Arrow Lake will hit the market. But we suspect it'll be sometime in the fourth quarter of the year since AMD's upcoming Zen 5 Ryzen processors are on track for launch before the year is over.

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