A massive 34-core Intel Raptor Lake chip just appeared out of nowhere

A few weeks ago I had a Raptor Lake wafer in my own hands, however it looked nothing like the Raptor Lake wafer that was just seen on Intel Innovation by Paul Alcorn for our sister site Tom’s Hardware (opens in a new tab). What happens then?

This new wafer showcases a fundamentally different chip design than the “standard” Raptor Lake-S wafers we’ve seen so far. Instead of two rows of P cores facing off against four groups of E cores – for a maximum of 24 cores in total, like the Core i9 13900K – what we see on this unannounced wafer is an interconnected network of what appear to be only nuclei P. 34 of them.