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Intel Meteor Lake processors will use a new socket from 2023
A bi-annual rhythm that the American seems to have to keep despite the criticism.
Launched in 2019, the LGA1200 socket appeared to support Intel's Comet Lake architecture, in other words, the 10th generation processors of the American founder. Problem, the life of the platform will have been particularly short because even if Intel continues to support the socket LGA 1200, he replaced it last fall with the release of the socket LGA 1700 provided for the new architecture Alder Lake. A lifespan of only two years that seems to become the norm for Intel.
Indeed, while in October / November, the American must market the Raptor Lake architecture compatible pin to pin with Alder Lake, it should be the last "release" for the socket LGA 1700 which would be put back in the closet from the following year. During the second half of 2023, Intel has indeed planned the launch of a new architecture that we already know under the name of Meteor Lake. According to the latest indiscretions of the always well-informed Moore's Law is Dead, Meteor Lake will not be compatible with the LGA1700 socket.
On the contrary, Intel would have in project the release of a new support for this architecture and the 14th generation processors which result from it, the LGA2551. Logically, it will have 2,551 pins, or about 50% more than the LGA1700. On the other hand, it won't be much bigger, since we're talking about 38 x 46 millimeters, or 0.5 mm wider and 1 mm longer than its predecessor. No, the big problem comes from the fact that the two generations of socket - LGA1700 and LGA 2551 - will obviously be incompatible with each other, forcing users to change platforms to change processor generations.
Still according to the information revealed by Moore's Law is Dead, the LGA2551 socket would also be used on the 15th generation of Intel processors, the Arrow Lakes that the American manufacturer is planning for the second half of 2024.