Intel Meteor Lake may not be released for desktops in the near future, but its mobile chips are proving to be powerful. According to inside sources, laptops equipped with Meteor Lake chips may not require a discrete graphics card as the integrated GPU will be able to compete with Nvidia’s GTX 1650. Additionally, Intel may even be able to rival Apple’s M2 chip in a different way.
Information shared by YouTuber Moore’s Law Is Dead suggests that the iGPU on Meteor Lake chips will be impressively powerful. If the rumors are true, laptop manufacturers may not need an iGPU in entry-level gaming laptops.
Interestingly, the news about Meteor Lake’s iGPU comes from an internal presentation by AMD, not Intel. Moore’s Law Is Dead showcases a slide from the presentation that compares AMD’s 45-watt Phoenix APU with an RDNA 3 GPU to a projected 45-watt Meteor Lake Chip.
The Meteor Lake chip will feature 128 execution units (EUs), with a weaker design option of 64 EUs, as reported by Wccftech. AMD places the 128-EU chip just below the Ryzen 7000 Phoenix APU, but Moore’s Law Is Dead speculates that its performance may exceed AMD’s expectations.
The YouTuber believes that the Meteor Lake chip will fall between the Phoenix 45W and the Strix Point 45W with RDNA3+ graphics. The Phoenix APU’s integrated GPU has 12 compute units (CUs), while the Strix Point has 16 CUs. The former is comparable to Nvidia’s 50-watt GTX 1650, while the latter is similar to the RTX 3050 with 35 watts.
In summary, Intel Meteor Lake’s iGPU is expected to rival the GTX 1650, with performance somewhere between the GTX 1650 and the RTX 3050. This positions it as one of the top CPUs for laptops this year, particularly in terms of integrated graphics.
Not requiring an integrated graphics card while still delivering solid gaming performance is a significant development for slim and power-conservative laptops. Moore’s Law Is Dead suggests that this improvement could lead to a substantial increase in battery life.
If these Intel-based laptops can achieve battery life similar to the M2 MacBook Pro, it would be a major success for Intel Meteor Lake. Offering Nvidia’s GTX 1650-level graphics with over 13 to 15 hours of battery life would be a win for entry-level gamers.
Intel’s Meteor Lake chips are expected to be available for laptops towards the end of the year. The release of the desktop range is still uncertain, as Intel may opt for a Raptor Lake refresh instead of a completely new generation.
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