Will Intel still launch Meteor Lake on the desktop?

It was previously reported that Intel had decided to cancel the desktop version of Meteor Lake, which is Meteor Lake-S that uses the LGA 1851 socket. However, Meteor Lake-S will exist in another way and will not be wasted. Some of its products will be integrated into the mobile platform of Meteor Lake-P. Raptor Lake Refresh will replace Meteor Lake-S and will appear later this year.

However, recently, Twitter user @leaf_hobby revealed that Intel Raptor Lake Refresh and Meteor Lake-S will both appear on the desktop platform, but the specific time is yet to be determined. It is said that Meteor Lake-S will be equipped with 20 PCIe 5.0 channels and 12 PCIe 4.0 channels, among which 16 PCIe 5.0 channels are for independent graphics cards, 4 PCIe 5.0 channels are for the first NVMe SSD, 4 PCIe 4.0 channels are for the second NVMe SSD, and the remaining 8 PCIe 4.0 channels are for the DMI bus, connected to the PCH.

The most advanced chipset in the chipset that comes with Meteor Lake-S is the Z890, which is all PCIe 4.0 channels, with a total of 24. Intel will also configure the new Wi-Fi 7 (IEEE 802.11be) wireless network for this platform, with a theoretical maximum bandwidth of over 40 Gbps. Meteor Lake-S and the later Arrow Lake-S will use the LGA 1851 socket, which will remain compatible with the LGA 1700 socket on the heat sink.

Meteor Lake will use the second-generation hybrid architecture technology, with P-Core using the Redwood Cove architecture instead of the Golden Cove architecture, and E-Core using the Crestmont architecture instead of the Gracemont architecture. It uses a Tile design with four different modules, namely the compute module, SOC module, I/O module, and GPU module. These modules can be manufactured using different process nodes, stacked using EMIB technology for interconnection, and Foveros packaging technology. Intel will reduce the number of P-Cores in Meteor Lake-S, while retaining the same number of E-Cores, with a maximum of 22 cores and 28 threads.