The new Intel CPUs have been officially announced but are they really better than the previous generation? The surprising comparison.

Intel presented its new Meteor Lake generation CPUs. Once released in December of this year, it is now obviously possible to subject them to all possible and imaginable tests. And they were also subjected to a comparison with the previous generation, the Raptor Lake.

Is Intel taking a step back with Meteor Lake? The data after a benchmark.- Sjbeez

The whole network therefore focused on these tests which were conducted by the expert David Huang and published on his official blog. Some numbers coming out of road tests and benchmarks are creating a situation of veiled concern because, technically, the new Intel CPU models are apparently less performing than the previous version.

The test specifically highlighted a lower IPC value. But to understand whether this is really a clear step backwards or whether it is simply the result of the company’s desire to concentrate development efforts on other features of its CPUs, it will be necessary to examine other types of tests. But in the meantime let’s try to understand what happened and above all what the IPC value is.

Are the new Intel CPUs slower than the previous generation?

Various brands and products were involved in the comparison, including for example the new Apple M3 Pro, AMD’s Ryzen and obviously the Intel Core.

Intel CPUs have changed but maybe it’s not good for everyone – Sjbeez

And it turned out that in terms of IPC value the new Intel Meteor Lake would be slower than the previously produced Raptor Lake. The acronym stands for Instruction Per Clock, it is the index that concerns the number of instructions that the single core can manage with each clock revolution.

The higher the value, the more instructions can be handled, the better the overall performance of the CPU should be. Consequently, looking only at the IPC value again, the new Meteor Lakes are slower and less performing than the Raptor generation CPUs.

Are we faced with an oversight? An involuntary regression? Or is it perhaps that Intel is simply focusing on other aspects such as graphics performance and artificial intelligence management? Furthermore, it must be kept in mind that Intel still has room for maneuver: after the release of Meteor Lake, Lunar Lake and Arrow Lake are expected.

Wanting to complete the analysis of the tests, it should be underlined that the performances were evaluated with Spec Int2017 which led Intel’s Meteor Lake to match AMD’s Zen 4 Ryzen 7040. News that could still be positive news. The next generation AMD, the Ryzen 8040, will in fact have the exact same performance.