An Intel Lunar Lake engineering pattern CPU has been noticed operating Home windows. That is hardly stunning throughout the improvement part of any CPU, however this one is made extra fascinating given the screenshot reveals some key specs relating to its cache configuration and Hyperthreading (or lack thereof).

The leak comes courtesy of XZiar, (through @9550pro and Tom’s {Hardware}). It reveals a screenshot of the Home windows Job Supervisor that includes some specs of a Lunar Lake A1 engineering pattern. The examined CPU has eight cores and eight threads, that means Hyperthreading just isn’t current. It is believed the core configuration consists of 4 P-cores and 4 E-cores.

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Its base clock is 1.8GHz whereas its enhance clock is 2.8GHz. There’s nothing uncommon about that as the aim of early engineering samples is for testing primary performance, compatibility and debugging quite than efficiency. What’s actually fascinating nevertheless, is its cache configuration.

The chip in query reportedly has 14MB of L2 cache, however solely 12MB of L3 cache. Often the next stage cache can be a lot bigger. There are a number of prospects as to why that could be the case. Firstly, it might simply be the Job Supervisor is studying it incorrectly. Different prospects are that some cache is disabled, or Intel is doing one thing actually totally different with Lunar Lake’s structure, maybe at the side of on-package LPDDR5X reminiscence.

It is vital to not assume an excessive amount of from this one screenshot. A1 silicon signifies that its a really early pattern. Specs and configurations can change, and clock speeds are positive to extend because the kinks are ironed out.

Lunar Lake is a cell oriented design, with low energy and effectivity being a key focus. It will have an AI NPU (after all) and improved graphics capabilities because of its Battlemage iGPU. We’ll have to attend and see what sorts of gadgets Lunar Lake chips are housed in, however handhelds and ultra-portable gadgets are absolutely on the menu.

Lunar Lake will launch alongside Arrow Lake, which is the alternative for present 14th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs. Given the Meteor Lake structure is out and about in laptops, there’s going to be quite a lot of lakes to wade via in direction of the tip of 2024.