The first rumors about Intel’s Bartlett Lake-S platform emerged a few days ago, with rumors indicating the chips would come to desktop PCs with LGA1700 sockets. A new report from BenchLife, citing a supply chain source, indicates that Barlett Lake-S is indeed destined for LGA1700 sockets for networking and edge applications for Intel’s Networking and Edge group (NEX). As always, we should take rumors with a shovelful of salt, but BenchLife does have a good track record.
From a hardware standpoint, Intel’s rumored Bartlett Lake-S CPUs are said to feature up to eight high-performance Raptor Cove cores, up to 16 energy-efficient Gracemont cores, and a built-in Xe-based Ultra HD Graphics 770 GPU. The processors are set to support DDR4 and DDR5 memory, though given their designation, it is reasonable to expect them to support ECC capability, though we are speculating here.
In addition, some rumors indicate that Intel plans to release versions of its Bartlett Lake-S CPUs with 12 high-performance Raptor Cove cores only, requiring brand-new silicon. Whether or not Intel needs such a silicon at this point is debatable, but such a chip is rumored.
An avid reader would probably ask about the difference between Intel’s rumored Bartlett Lake-S processors and the company’s Raptor Lake-S CPUs for embedded applications, some of which also come in an LGA1700 form-factor and are rated for a desktop-grade processor base power of 65W. BenchLife believes the rumored Bartlett Lake-S may feature ‘slightly strengthened AI performance.’ We believe the difference could be in CPU silicon and platform features tailored for networking and edge applications.
Intel is expected to offer its Arrow Lake-S processors for enthusiast-grade desktops later this year. These CPUs are projected to offer up to 24 cores, albeit without Hyper-Threading on P-cores. The new processors will come in an LGA1800 form factor and are not expected to be compatible with existing platforms. That said, it would be surprising to see Intel offer yet another refresh for its LGA1700 platform, which will turn three years later in 2024. As a result, while Bartlett Lake-S may indeed be incoming, it might not address traditional or enthusiast-grade desktops. Still, remember that we are talking about a rumored product that may not even come to fruition.