Early samples of Intel Meteor Lake-P have 6P-cores +10E-cores

At Computex 2023, MSI showcased a laptop equipped with an early sample of the Meteor Lake processor, allowing attendees to interact with it freely. Naturally, this also enabled the execution of performance testing software. However, it is crucial to note that the performance of such preliminary samples is not representative of the final product.

Wccftech, while stationed at MSI’s booth, installed HWINFO and Cinebench on this device. According to the data procured from HWINFO, this processor is a Meteor Lake-P, featuring 6 P-cores and 10 E-cores, totaling 22 threads. Based on previously leaked information, two of the E-cores are housed within the SoC module, rather than the computing module. Given its early sample status, the CPU model is listed as 0000, while the TDP sits at 28W.

This machine is fortified with 16GB of LPDDR5 memory. Observably, the P-cores of Meteor Lake possess a 64KB L1 instruction cache and a 48KB L1 data cache, alongside a 2MB L2 cache. The E-cores, on the other hand, contain a 64KB L1 instruction cache and a 32KB L1 data cache, with four grouped together to share a 2MB L2 cache. All processors share a 24MB L3 cache. This engineering sample (ES) has a base frequency of 3.1GHz, with a maximum turbo frequency of 4.2GHz, currently at the B0 stepping.

In terms of integrated graphics, there are 128 EUs, marking a 33% increase from the previous generation. The detected GPU frequency currently stands at 300MHz. However, due to the absence of drivers, testing is not feasible.

The software identifies its fabrication process as 7nm, which was the name employed before Intel 4. The laptop’s PL1 is set to 15W for the processor, with PL2 at 28W. However, it can be seen that the TDP can be minimized to 20W, or maximized to 65W.

This early sample of Meteor Lake-P scored 4261 in the multi-threaded Cinebench R23 test. It is important to note, however, that the sample was not connected to power, which inevitably impacts performance.

When the Task Manager was opened during the R23 test, the CPU usage was strikingly low, averaging around 21%. Normally, such a test would surely utilize 100% of the CPU. Moreover, the CPU frequency was only 0.64GHz, clearly indicative of an issue. Therefore, this R23 benchmark score is not particularly meaningful. The score should markedly increase upon the release of the official product.