If Moore's law is dead is to be believed, Raptor Lake will supposedly have configurations that have 8 big cores and 16 little cores, so 32 threads with potentially greater performance per watt and performance per die area. I doubt Intel would invest so heavily in the big/Little design philosophy if they didn't think it would pay off. Now as to whether these little cores would be competitive enough with ARM designs to merit their own separate product without any big core support is another question entirely.Not only that but they could have an absolutely monster multicore server CPU right now. Why not?
When Microsoft finally introduces Windows 11, I think we're going to get some valuable insight as to both Intel and AMD's future intentions. Not going to lie though, even though I am frustrated by Intel keeping a relatively tight lid on things, I am excited about where the CPU industry is heading.