Intel showed something completely new.

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Only two additional small cores work

Intel continues to drum up interest in its upcoming Meteor Lake processors, which will be released in December. In a new video, Intel showed how the CPU copes with 8K video playback.

More precisely, we are talking about video in 8K resolution at 60 fps. Such a load, which not so long ago was difficult even for large GPUs, is quite tough for Meteor Lake.

But that’s not all. If we talk about Full HD video, it’s not the graphics cores or main CPU units that handle the load, but those same two small cores integrated into the SoC tile, which so far remain dark horses.

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Intel showed something completely new.

This test shows what they can be used for and what they are capable of. Thus, when playing video, the main cluster of processor cores and GPU can be idle, and the load will be taken by only two separate cores, which consume very little energy. Considering that Meteor Lake is exclusively mobile processors, such a solution can have a very positive impact on battery life.

Watch a video of Meteor Lake in action on Intel Core Ultra laptops with integrated Intel Arc graphics. We traveled to Malaysia to see how the GPU-powered smooth playback of high-bitrate 8K60 video footage, a task that required workstation-class hardware just a few years ago. In another demo, Meteor Lake’s disaggregated architecture and focus on power efficiency enables 1080p playback with the CPU and GPU tiles disabled, using low-power E-cores and video decoding built into the SoC tile.