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The end of technology at Intel?  Lunar Lake CPUs without Hyperthreading

The end of technology at Intel? Lunar Lake CPUs without Hyperthreading

A screenshot of the task manager is currently being shared on X/Twitter, which is meant to indicate that Intel is in the process of eliminating so-called Hyperthreading. At least that's the impression left by the next generation Lunar Lake processors.

Hyperthreading before the final finish?

That reports it Newin online magazine Thus begins the discussion: Is the end of Hyperthreading coming now, or is Hyperthreading obsolete? There was already a hint of this at the beginning of February, but now the rumors have intensified.

While Intel's e-cores (efficient cores) already lack Hyperthreading technology, the company appears to be ditching it in its traditional performance cores (P-Cores) as well.

Simultaneous Multithreading Technology (SMT), or multithreading technology as Intel calls it, has been a technology used in the company's processors for more than 20 years. Intel continues to use this technology to this day, with some improvements and exceptions. Hyperthreading technology (HTT) allows a physical core to execute more than one instruction in a thread. Parallel processing improves the multithreading performance of a hyperthreaded chip because a single physical core on the chip can act as two hyperthreaded logical cores through its logical cores.

Are differences in performance compensated for?

However, this does not mean that one hyperthreading physical core is as powerful as two physical cores. It just results in better performance compared to the physical core.

Despite Intel's success with HTT, the company appears to be looking to move away from this process for next-generation desktop and laptop components.

An insight into the Lunar Lake

The latest leak shows a task manager screenshot that looks like Lunar Lake (16th Gen Intel mobile processor) in its early A1 stage. The most interesting thing about this is the number of cores (physical) and logical cores, which Windows displays as eight. This means that there doesn't appear to be any HTT active there.

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Additionally, Lunar Lake isn't the first time Intel has ditched Hyperthreading technology. In early February, a document was leaked from Intel showing the missing HTT for Arrow Lake-S CPUs.


  • Intel can eliminate hyper-threading in Lunar Lake
  • Newen sparks debate about the end of HTT
  • Rumors are growing about HTT's cancellation
  • Intel E-Cores Without Hyperthreading, P-Cores will follow
  • HTT allows multiple instructions in a single core
  • Performance improvement through HTT does not equal two cores
  • The leak shows the Lunar Lake task manager without HTT

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