Despite its denials, Intel should release Meteor Lake in socket 1851 format


Hardware and Gaming Specialist

March 26, 2024 at 3:37 p.m.


Intel Meteor Lake © Intel

A processor Meteor Lake in socket format (LGA1851)? Intel has always refuted the idea, but it should nevertheless materialize.

Regardless of the stages of the marketing campaign orchestrated by Intel around the generation of Meteor Lake processors, it had always been announced and repeated that these chips would not be released in a “socket” version.

Everything suggests that Intel either lied or changed its mind. Meteor Lake-PS chips for socket 1851 are, it seems, indeed planned: the IBASE MI1002 motherboard is planned to support them.

New/future LGA1851 socket

Currently and for three generations already – almost a record! – Intel uses the LGA1700 socket. It will be replaced during the second half of 2024 with the release of the LGA1851 socket.

With similar, or even identical, dimensions, this new socket is primarily intended for the Arrow Lake generation, which will concern both so-called mobile and desktop CPUs. This was not the case for Meteor Lake, which was designed exclusively for laptops.

Well, that was Intel’s well-oiled marketing speech, because it seems that Meteor Lake-PS processors are planned for this LGA1851 socket. We don’t know when they’ll be available – maybe they’re imminent – but a motherboard leaves little room for doubt.

Meteor Lake-PS while waiting for Arrow Lake-PS

Unearthed by the inevitable momomo_us, said motherboard is not a model intended for the average person. Called IBASE MI1002, it is a mini-ITX format card designed for the industrial world.

The first Meteor Lake-PS motherboard © VideoCardz

The first Meteor Lake-PS motherboard © VideoCardz

A card which, however, already sports this LGA1851 socket and which, more importantly, announces Meteor Lake-PS compatibility on the sheet unearthed by one of our favorite informants. Intel has never mentioned such CPUs, but everything suggests that they will be relatively confidential, designed for the most compact clients, the Internet of Things (IoT).

In itself, the MI1002 motherboard is nothing very extraordinary, confirming its entry-level orientation. In addition to the 1851 socket, it has two DDR5 SO-DIMM slots, a single M.2 port for a 2280 SSD and two SATA ports. Two other M.2s are there for wireless and the wired network is allocated to two RJ45 2.5 GbE.

Source : VideoCardz

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