Despite the absence of hyper-threading, Intel Lunar Lake CPUs would be 1.5x more powerful than Meteor Lake


Hardware and Gaming Specialist

March 11, 2024 at 1:10 p.m.


Lunar Lake should greatly boost Intel's mobile CPUs © VideoCardz

Lunar Lake should greatly boost Intel’s mobile CPUs © VideoCardz

THE processors Intel will further evolve with the Arrow Lake and Lunar Lake generations which redefine the number of simultaneous threads.

In the early 2000s, Intel imagined its hyper-threading technology to double the processes that its processors could use simultaneously and, since then, most of its CPUs have benefited from it.

Scheduled between the end of 2024 and mid-2025, the Arrow Lake generations on one side and Lunar Lake on the other should give up on hyper-threading, but this should not affect their performance.

Hyper-threading disappears…

In recent weeks, there have been numerous rumors concerning Intel’s abandonment of this hyper-threading technology. Note that the American firm has still not confirmed them.

If we relay them despite everything, it is because the thing has become more and more credible with the evolution of the latest Intel processors. The multiplication of the number of cores and the partial removal of hyper-threading go in this direction. Consider that the so-called efficient cores on Intel chips are already deprived of hyper-threading.

According to a reliable source – a certain Bionic_Squash – the abandonment of this technology would, however, have little impact on the performance of the Lunar Lake generation, compared to Meteor Lake.

17 watt TDP, peaks at 30 watts

Of course, it is still too early to have complete feedback, but Bionic_Squash seems to have already been able to try a Lunar Lake platform. He mentions the 17 watt TDP and compares the Lunar Lake chip to a 15 watt TDP Meteor Lake processor.

The Meteor Lake CPU is a 12-core model (2P+2E+2LP) for 14 threads, but we do not have details of the Lunar Lake which seems to be an octa-core (4P Lion Cove + 4E Skymont). Certainly, that’s a lot of uncertainty, but let’s trust Bionic_Squash when he mentions 1.5x higher performance for Lunar Lake on the Cinebench R23 multi-core test.

Let us recall in passing that this Lunar Lake generation should be the opportunity to integrate a faster NPU unit and, above all, a new generation graphics unit, based on Xe2-LPG cores.

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