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Leak shows Arrow Lake scrapping aging criteria

Leak shows Arrow Lake scrapping aging criteria

The leaked schematic shows that Intel’s next-generation Arrow Lake architecture will feature 16 PCI Express 5.0 lanes for graphics cards, four additional lanes for storage, and four PCI Express 4.0 lanes for the older standard. To pave the way for 5.0, the processor and its LGA 1851 platform will ditch PCI Express 3.0 lanes and instead offer at least PCI Express 4.0 via the controller.

By the same token, the platform – and therefore the processor – will not support DDR4 memory. according to Tom's Devices The decision would have stirred emotions two years ago, but given the recent drop in DDR5 memory prices, the announcement won't have much impact.

Here is the leaked chart. Image source: Chevelle

In terms of ports, the Arrow Lake processors will feature a built-in Thunderbolt 4 controller and will offer support for four displays via the integrated graphics chip. You'll also be able to choose between connecting the circuits via DisplayPort 2.1 or HDMI 2.1.

The diagram also confirms that the chipset will support USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, USB 3.2 Gen 2×1, and USB 3.2 Gen 1. For networking, there's a 1GbE port and an optional 2.5GbE port, and according to the diagram, Arrow Lake has support for Wi-Fi 7.

We previously reported that the top-tier Arrow Lake will launch in October this year. No pricing information has been released yet.

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