Intel has finally introduced its 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh Desktop CPUs which include the Core i9-14900K, Core i7-14700K & the Core i5-14600K.
Intel Core i9-14900K, Core i7-14700K, Core i5-14600K CPUs Make Official Debut: 14th Gen Family To Feature Same Prices As 13th Gen
It’s been almost a year since the last update from Intel for the desktop platform. Last year, we got the 13th Gen Raptor Lake lineup and today is its follow-up in the form of the 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh which brings with it a few subtle changes but ultimately, the pricing remains the same and that’s good to know since consumers can get extra performance without spending more.
Intel 14th Gen Raptor Lake Desktop CPUs Features:
- Same Architecture as Raptor Lake (Raptor Cove P-Cores + Gracemont E-Cores)
- Same Process Node as Raptor Lake (Intel 7 aka 10nm++)
- Higher Clock Speeds Beyond 6.0 GHz
- Support For Faster DDR5 Memory DIMMs
- Much Higher Power Consumption (Close To 300W)
- Compatibility With Existing LGA 1700 / 1800 Socket Motherboards
So starting with the 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh family, you are getting almost the same thing process node, same architecture & very similar configurations (though there’s one particular SKU that will be the highlight of the lineup). The CPUs are based on the 10nm ESF or “Intel 7” node and feature the Raptor Cove P-Core and Gracemont E-Core architecture which we have already seen on the 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs. There are a total of three SKUs launching today which will come in “K” and “KF” flavors and these include the Core i9-14900K, Core i7-14700K & Core i5-14600K. Specs are listed below.
Intel Core i9-14900K 24 Core Raptor Lake CPU Specs
Starting with the flagship, we have the Intel Core i9-14900K CPU which will feature 16 cores & 32 threads in an 8+16 configuration. The CPU will feature up to 36 MB of Smart Cache and a base TDP of 125W (253W PL2). It will feature clock speeds of 3.2 GHz at base & up to 6.0 GHz with a Thermal Velocity Boost. This will be a +200 MHz frequency jump over the Core i9-13900K and the same as the Core i9-13900KS. The price for the chip is kept the same at $589 US (K) and $564 US (KF).
- Core i9-14900K 8+16 (24/32) – 3.2 / 6.0 GHz – 66 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 253W (PL2)
- Core i9-13900K 8+16 (24/32) – 3.0 / 5.8 GHz – 66 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 253W (PL2)
- Core i9-12900K 8+8 (16/24) – 3.2 / 5.2 GHz – 30 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 241W (PL2)
Intel Core i7-14700K 20 Core Raptor Lake CPU Specs
For the Core i7-14700K, Intel will be utilizing its 8+12 core configuration which offers 20 cores and 28 threads. This will be a nice upgrade over the existing Core i7-13700K which offers an 8+8 core configuration, allowing for a nice boost to multi-threading performance thanks to those extra E-Cores. The CPU will offer 33 MB of smart cache (vs 30 MB) and feature clock speeds of 3.4 GHz at base and up to 5.6 GHz with TBMT3. That’s also a +200 MHz boost over the 13700K & we can see performance uplifts of around 5-10% from this particular SKU. Pricing is the best part since the i7-14700K & KF are the same price at $409 & $384 US, respectively.
- Core i7-14700K 8+12 (20/28) – 3.4 / 5.6 GHz – 61 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 253W (PL2)
- Core i7-13700K 8+8 (16/24) – 3.4 / 5.3 GHz – 54 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 253W (PL2)
- Core i7-12700K 8+4 (12/20) – 3.6 / 5.0 GHz, 25 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 190W (PL2)
Intel Core i5-14600K 14 Core Raptor Lake CPU Specs
Lastly, we have the Intel Core i5-14600K which unfortunately isn’t using an 8+8 configuration as the rumors had told but rather a 6+8 which is the same as the Core i5-13600K. The cache and TDP will remain the same but the clock speeds will see a +200 MHz to 5.3 GHz, offering up to a 5% boost in performance over its predecessor. Pricing is once again the same as the Core i5-13600K/KF at $319 & $294 US, respectively.
- Core i5-14600K 6+8 (14/20) – 3.5 / 5.3 GHz – 44 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 181W (PL2)
- Core i5-13600K 6+8 (14/20) – 3.5 / 5.1 GHz – 44 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) /181W (PL2)
- Core i5-12600K 6+4 (10/16) – 3.6 / 4.9 GHz – 20 MB Cache, 125W (PL1) / 150W (PL2)
Besides the chips, Intel also acknowledges how its 14th-gen CPUs are supported by both 600 & 700-series platforms. The newest refresh 700-series motherboards also get discrete WIFI 7 and integrated USB 3.2 20 Gbps IO capabilities. The CPUs are also fine-tuned for better overclocking capabilities such as:
- Increased OC frequencies for P-Cores and E-Cores
- Higher DDR5 XMP speeds: beyond 8000 MT/s
- New per-core thermal throttle for improved OC perf
- New 3rd party OC tool, based on Intel’s XTU SDK: FoundationTK.com
The company also embeds AI Assistance within its XTU software which will be offered in a new preview feature and offers:
- Utilizes AI model trained by Intel
- Characterizes individual systems and recommends customized overclocked settings
- Simply step-by-step UI: no experience required
- Offered for i9-14900K/KF processors
Intel also claims that it has added a new policy within the Dynamic Tuning Technology framework known as Intel Application Optimization which determines and directs application resources in real-time. These optimizations can deliver up to 16% performance uplifts in specific game titles.
- Supported on select Intel Core 14th Gen S-series processors
- Software optimizations focused on gaming applications
Intel 14th Gen CPUs Official Performance Versus The Competition
In terms of performance, Intel is claiming up to 23% performance gain and a 2.5% average gain for the Core i9-14900K CPU over the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D across several games at 1080P High. Intel goes on ahead to compare the 14900K against the Ryzen 9 7950X and the Ryzen 7 7800X3D where the chip seems to offer similar or better performance in both average FPS and 99th percentile lows however one major metric that isn’t shown here is the gaming power efficiency which we know for certain is going to be strong on the Ryzen side.
Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs are mostly going the brute force route by upping the clock speeds and that is going to result in more power draw and higher thermals than the competition since there are no major architectural or process node changes involved over the existing 13th Gen chips.
The blue team also compares the content creation performance across various applications which show the Core i9-14900K leading against the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X and the Core i7-14700K nearing it in performance in multiple workloads. The Core i7-14700K also delivers up to 63% uplifts over the Core i7-12700K so it does seem to be a worthy upgrade over the 12th Gen i7 chips. Even i7-13700K owners would see a nice boost with the 14700K so if you were planning to buy the 13700K, you’d much rather buy the 14700K now since they’ll both be priced the same.
Intel 14th Gen CPU Performance Footnotes:
Intel 14th Gen CPU Launch & Availability
Today, Intel is introducing its 14th Gen Unlocked CPUs and the chips will also be available for pre-orders in both DIY and pre-built systems. The retail availability is planned for tomorrow along with 3rd party reviews so if you’re interested in checking out the performance figures in games & other applications, then do check our review which will go live tomorrow for all three chips.
You can pre-order the chips at the following links:
Intel 14th gen Raptor Lake Refresh CPU Specs & Prices (Official):
|CPU Name||Cores||Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock||L2 / L3 Cache||TDP (PL1) / (PL2)||Price (RCP at Launch)|
|Core i9-14900K||8+16 (24)||32||3.2 GHz||6.0 GHz||32 / 36 MB||125W / 253W||$589 US|
|Core i9-13900K||8+16 (24)||32||3.0 GHz||5.8 GHz||32 / 36 MB||125W / 253W||$589 US|
|Core i9-12900K||8+8 (16)||24||3.2 GHz||5.2 GHz||14 / 30 MB||125W / 241W||$648 US|
|Core i9-14900KF||8+16 (24)||32||3.2 GHz||6.0 GHz||32 / 36 MB||125W / 253W||$564 US|
|Core i9-13900KF||8+16 (24)||32||3.0 GHz||5.8 GHz||32 / 36 MB||125W / 253W||$564 US|
|Core i9-12900KF||8+8 (16)||24||3.2 GHz||5.2 GHz||14 / 30 MB||125W / 241W||$620 US|
|Core i7-14700K||8+12 (20)||28||3.4 GHz||5.6 GHz||28 / 33 MB||125W / 253W||$409 US|
|Core i7-13700K||8+8 (16)||24||3.4 GHz||5.4 GHz||24 / 30 MB||125W / 253W||$409 US|
|Core i7-12700K||8+4 (12)||20||3.6 GHz||5.0 GHz||12 / 25 MB||125W / 190W||$450 US|
|Core i7-14700KF||8+12 (20)||28||3.4 GHz||5.6 GHz||28 / 33 MB||125W / 253W||$384 US|
|Core i7-13700KF||8+8 (16)||24||3.4 GHz||5.4 GHz||24 / 30 MB||125W / 253W||$384 US|
|Core i7-12700KF||8+4 (12)||20||3.6 GHz||5.0 GHz||12 / 25 MB||125W / 190W||$422 US|
|Core i5-14600K||6+8 (14)||20||3.5 GHz||5.3 GHz||20 / 24 MB||125W / 181W||$319 US|
|Core i5-13600K||6+8 (14)||20||3.5 GHz||5.3 GHz||20 / 24 MB||125W / 181W||$319 US|
|Core i5-12600K||6+4 (10)||16||3.7 GHz||4.9 GHz||9.5 / 20 MB||125W / 150W||$318 US|
|Core i5-14600KF||6+8 (14)||20||3.5 GHz||5.3 GHz||20 / 24 MB||125W / 181W||$294 US|
|Core i5-13600KF||6+8 (14)||20||3.5 GHz||5.3 GHz||20 / 24 MB||125W / 181W||$294 US|
|Core i5-12600KF||6+4 (10)||16||3.7 GHz||4.9 GHz||9.5 / 20 MB||125W / 150W||$290 US|