Intel's next-gen flagship Core Ultra 9 285K 'Arrow Lake' CPU rumored to hit 5.5GHz

Intel's next-generation Core Ultra 9 285K 'Arrow Lake' CPU has a rumored boost clock of up to 5.5GHz, current flagship Core i9-14900KS hits 6.2GHz.

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Intel's next-gen Core Ultra 9 285K "Arrow Lake" CPU has a rumored 5.5GHz boost clock, compared to up to 6.2GHz on the current-gen flagship Core i9-14900KS processor.

Intel's next-gen flagship Core Ultra 9 285K 'Arrow Lake' CPU rumored to hit 5.5GHz 57

The news on the Core Ultra 9 285K processor is coming from some posts by MebiuW on Weibo, where the big architectural changes that Intel will be bringing with Arrow Lake -- as well as the new Core Ultra 200 series branding -- will see a hefty CPU frequency reduction.

Intel's current-gen Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs can boost at up to 6.2GHz out of the box with the Core i9-14900KS, while even the Raptor Lake CPUs before it with the Core i9-13900KS we saw 6.0GHz. The new Arrow Lake CPUs however, seem to be topping out at 5.5GHz, but will feature a new tile-based design with an integrated NPU for AI workloads... something desktop Core CPUs didn't have until Meteor Lake hit laptops late last year.

Arrow Lake will be the first gaming CPU with an AI accelerator, with 24 cores and 24 threads (8 cores based on Lion Cove P-Core architecture, 16 cores based on the Skymont E-Core architecture). Now we need to see what Arrow Lake can do at 5.5GHz against a 6.0-6.2GHz CPU with Raptor Lake, because that's a rather chunky 700MHz disparity.

Intel Arrow Lake-S desktop CPU features and support:

  • LGA 1851 Socket Longevity Planned Uptill 2026
  • DDR5 Only Compatibility, No DDR4 Support
  • Kicks off With 800-Series Motherboards
  • Support For Up To DDR5-6400 Memory (Native JEDEC)
  • Increased PCIe Gen 5.0 Lanes Through CPU & PCH
  • Arrow Lake-S First Desktop Family Supported (DIY)
  • Arrow Lake-S CPUs feature 3 MB L2 Cache Per P-Core
  • Arrow Lake-S CPUs feature Alchemist iGPUs
  • Arrow Lake-S CPUs feature 8+16, 6+8 CPU SKUs
  • Arrow Lake-S 8+16 (24 Cores)
  • Arrow Lake-S 6+8 (14 Cores)
  • No Hyper-Threading Support(?)
  • Launching In 2H 2024
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