This week, Intel is releasing its 14th Gen CPUs, claiming that their top-of-the-line Core i9-14900K will offer a speed boost of 6GHz right from the start and is known as a Top-performing CPU in our list.
These processors are known as “Raptor Lake Refresh.” What’s interesting is that Intel is keeping the prices the same as the 13th Generation for their Core i9, i7, and i5 processors when they become available on October 17th.
Intel claims that the new Core i9-14900K, with its 6GHz boost, is now the “fastest desktop processor at volume.” This means it’s readily available, unlike the special-edition 13900KS that reached 6GHz last year but was limited in availability.
What’s even more fascinating in this 14th-generation refresh might be the Core i7-14700K. It has seen a significant improvement in its efficiency cores, making it worth a closer look.
Currently, Intel is boosting the core count for its Core i7 processor. It’s going from eight efficiency and eight performance cores to 12 efficiency and eight performance cores.
This totals 20 cores for the Core i7-14700K, which is quite close to the 24 cores found on the Core i9-14900K. The base clock speeds for the performance cores are 3.4GHz, and the efficiency cores are 2.5GHz on the 14700K.
These additional efficiency cores are expected to benefit tasks involving creators and could potentially enhance gaming performance, especially in games that can utilize multiple threads.
Intel is looking pretty good in some tests when compared to AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X and even Intel’s own previous Core i7 chips when it comes to tasks for creators. However, we’ll have to wait and see how well this new Core i7-14700K performs against AMD’s impressive 7800X3D chip in gaming performance.
As for Intel’s top-of-the-line processor, the Core i9-14900K, it now features the same 6GHz Thermal Velocity Boost frequency that was previously only available on the $699 special-edition Core i9-13900KS. The maximum turbo frequencies for the P-cores have been increased by 200Hz to 5.6GHz this time, and there’s a 100MHz boost for the E-cores’ maximum turbo frequency. Even the base frequencies for both the P- and E-cores have received a 200MHz increase.
Intel has introduced a refreshed Core i5 model this year. The i5-14600K boasts a total of 20 cores, which include six P-cores and eight E-cores. Its base clock on the P-core side is 3.5GHz, and it can boost up to 5.3GHz.
All these Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs are compatible with Intel 600- and 700-series motherboards, as they still use the LGA 1700 socket.
They also offer support for Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4, which motherboard manufacturers can add as a discrete option in the updated Z790 boards.
Intel also supports memory speeds of DDR5 5600 and DDR4 3200 with its 14th-generation chips.
Certainly, here’s the pricing information:
Intel’s 14th Gen CPUs mentioned here will be available to you after the 17th of October.