Intel has a wafer full of Raptor Lake dies on display here at Innovation 2022 here in San Jose, but after closer examination, it became apparent that the wafer contains 24-core Raptor Lake processors. That’s exciting because Intel had already announced its Raptor Lake chips today with a peak of 24 cores, but there wasn’t any mention of a 34-core model.
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The presenters were unaware that this is a die of announced 34-core chips, and there was some confusion at the booth. After some discussion with the booth staff and predictions that these were Ice Lake processors, the presenter showed us proof — the back of the die contains a sticker that makes it clear as day with a label that says “Raptor Lake-S 34-Core.”
The die appears larger than the die that drops into the standard desktop PCs with the LGA 1700 socket, and it appears that it is too large to fit inside the package. That means this is likely a CPU that’s destined for the workstation market. Additionally, the die contains 34 distinct core areas that appear to be connected by a mesh, meaning these are all high-performance cores (p-cores), and the design doesn’t include quad-core clusters of e-cores.