Leaked benchmark of Intel Core Ultra 7 mobile processor gives first glimpse of Meteor Lake’s power

If you’ve read this headline and wondered what a Core UltraIf you’re not familiar with Intel’s latest CPU developments, you haven’t been following the latest news. Indeed, the brand seems to be preparing a big change by abandoning the “Core i” in favor of the “Core Ultra”, at least. for its mobile components Meteor Lake.

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So this latest leak concerns a Core Ultra 7 1003H processor, and it comes to us via Benchleaks’ Twitter bot (@BenchLeaksnaturally). This processor appeared in the Puget Systems Pugetbench database, in a result that has now been deleted from the database but still exists in our hearts and minds – as well as in screenshots. The result itself is actually pretty pathetic, but we wouldn’t put much stock in it; it’s probably an early reference platform and the performance is certainly not representative of the final product.

What’s interesting is the “System Specs” section of the listing on the right-hand side, which reveals that the CPU in question was tested with a pair of DDR5 SODIMMs running at 5600 MT/s, and that its included graphics may well be Arc-branded, just like the blue team’s discrete GPUs. Unfortunately, PugetBench doesn’t reveal the core configuration or clock speed of the CPU under test, so there’s not much else to be gleaned from this leak.

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Image: PugetBench via Tom’s Hardware

Intel’s Bernard Fernandes has acknowledged that the company will be carrying out a branding update with the launch of Meteor Lake, so the Core Ultra nomenclature is almost certainly confirmed. What is not confirmed is whether it will be applied to the entire Meteor Lake processor range or whether “Ultra” will be accompanied by other descriptors, such as perhaps “Super” or Intel’s old favorite, “Extreme”.

On the subject of Meteor Lake, Intel has just published a blog post talking about the upcoming processors and extolling the benefits of the Versatile Processing Units (VPUs) built into these chips. These are AI coprocessors intended to be used primarily for accelerating edge-based AI inference tasks, such as image processing.

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As part of this post, Intel nonchalantly mentions that it plans to ship “millions” of Meteor Lake processors over the next year. If that’s going to happen, the company needs to start shipping them sooner rather than later, so we may not be too far away from the launch of Intel’s 14th generation of CPUs.