Ahead of tomorrow's full-scale launch, Intel this afternoon is pre-announcing their 14th Generation Core desktop processors. Aptly codenamed Raptor Lake Refresh, these new chips are based on Intel's existing Raptor Lake silicon – which was used in their 13th generation chips – with Intel tapping further refinements in manufacturing and binning in order to squeeze out a little more performance from the silicon. For their second iteration of Raptor Lake, Intel is also preserving their pricing for the Core i9, i7, and i5 processors, which aligns with the pricing during the launch of Intel's 13th Gen Core series last year.

Headlining the new lineup is Intel's latest flagship desktop processor, the Core i9-14900K, which can boost up to 6 GHz out of the box. This is the second Intel Raptor Lake chip to hit that clockspeed – behind their special edition Core i9-13900KS – but while that was a limited edition chip, the Core i9-14900K is Intel's first mass-produced processor that's rated to hit 6 GHz. Under the hood, the i9-14900K uses the same CPU core configuration as the previous Core i9-13900K chips, with 8 Raptor Cove performance (P) cores and 16 Gracemont-based efficiency (E) cores, for a total of 24 CPU cores capable of executing on 32 threads.

Intel 14th Gen Core, Raptor Lake-R (K/KF Series)
Pricing as of 10/16
AnandTech Cores
L3 Cache
iGPU Base
i9-14900K 8+16/32 3200 6000 2400 4400 36 770 125 253 $589
i9-14900KF 8+16/32 3200 6000 2400 4400 36 - 125 253 $564
i9-13900K 8+16/32 3000 5800 2200 4300 36 770 125 253 $537
i7-14700K 8+12/28 3400 5600 2500 4300 30 770 125 253 $409
i7-14700KF 8+12/28 3400 5600 2500 4300 30 - 125 253 $384
i7-13700K 8+8/24 3400 5400 2500 4200 30 770 125 253 $365
i5-14600K 6+8/20 3500 5300 2600 4000 24 770 125 181 $319
i5-14600KF 6+8/20 3500 5300 2600 4000 24 - 125 181 $294
i5-13600K 6+8/20 3500 5300 2600 3900 24 770 125 181 $285

Moving down the stack, arguably the most interesting of the chips being announced today is the new i7-tier chip, the Core i7-14700K. Intel's decision to bolster the core count of its Core i7 is noteworthy: the i7-14700K now boasts 12 E-cores and 8 P-cores, 4 more E-cores than its 13th Gen counterpart – and only 4 behind the flagship i9. With base clock rates mirroring the previous generation's Core i7-13700K, the additional efficiency cores aim to add extra range in multitasking capabilities, designed to benefit creators and gamers.

Rounding out the 14th Gen Core collection is the i5 series. Not much has changed between the latest Core i5-14600K and the Core i5-13600K, with the only differences coming in E-core turbo frequencies; just a 100 MHz uptick here. Both families share the same 6P+8E (20T) configuration, 5.3 GHz P-core turbo, and 3.5 GHz P-core base frequencies. Price-wise (at the time of writing), the Core i5-13600K is currently available at Amazon for $285, which is a $34 saving over the MSRP of the Core i5-14600K, and that money could potentially be spent elsewhere, such as storage or memory.

Since the Intel 14th and 13th Gen core series are essentially the same chips but with slightly faster frequencies, Intel has made no changes to the underlying core architecture. Intel does include a new overclocking feature for users looking to overclock their 14th Gen Core i9 processors. Dubbed 'AI Assist,' it enhances things through its Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) overclocking software. Harnessing AI to provide users with more intelligent options for overclocking settings outside of the traditional look-up tables based on set parameters, Intel's AI Assist goes further. Using various systems with various components such as memory, motherboards, and cooling configurations to train the AI model, Intel claims their in-house AI is constantly being trained to offer users the most comprehensive automatic overclocking settings thus far.

Of course, it should be noted that overclocking does, in fact, void Intel's warranty, so users should use this feature at their own risk.

Intel boasts up to 23% better gaming performance with their in-house testing than Intel's 12th Gen Core series (Alder Lake), the first platform to bring the hybrid core architecture to Intel's desktop lineup. It must be noted that Intel hasn't compared performance directly to 13th Gen (Raptor Lake), likely due to the close similarities both families share: same cores, same architecture, just slightly faster frequencies out of the box.

The Intel 14th Gen chips are designed for the preexisting 600 and 700-series motherboards, which use the LGA 1700 socket. Motherboard vendors have already begun refreshing their Z790 offerings with more modern features, such as Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4, providing motherboard manufacturers decide to integrate them into their refreshed Z790 models. Official memory compatibility remains the same as 13th Gen, supporting DDR5-5600 and DDR4-3200 memory. Though overclockers may find the highest binned chips more capable than before, with Intel teasing speeds beyond DDR5-8000 for their best chips.

The Intel 14th Gen Core family of desktop processors (K and KF) is launching on October 17th at retailers and system integrators. Pricing-wise, the flagship Core i9-14900K costs $589, the Core i7-14700K will be available for $409, and the more affordable Core i5-14600K for $319.

Source: Intel

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  • Dizoja86 - Monday, October 16, 2023 - link

    Multitasking and productivity. A lot of us use our computers for more than gaming.

    Although there are few current games that would utilize every core, I would definitely make use of these in working with photography and scientific software. I definitely don't regret my 5900x for similar reasons, even though a 5800x would do the same job in most games.
  • aparangement - Monday, October 16, 2023 - link

    I'm wondering what exactly are the "more than gaming" working loads that actually depends the E cores.

    For laptops I guess a few E cores make sense as light weighted tasks could be transferred. But even for laptop, indeed 2 or 3 E cores are not good enough?

    Servers on the other hand might also benefit from large number of E cores, since most of the tasks are heavily threaded, and E cores are more energy saving.

    But home use computers? I really don't get it...
  • Samus - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    E cores are exceptionally powerful. Intel's E cores are between Skylake and Coffee Lake cores in performance, and Zen 2 cores used in the XBOX and PS5 are comparable to Coffee Lake.

    I wouldn't dare say E cores are as powerful as Zen 2 cores, but in the case of a console SoC, I bet they are pretty close due to power budgeting, the lower clockspeed of XBOX and PS5 (~3.5GHz) and the way RDNA2 GPU core utilization reduces the package power availability to the CPU cores, reducing their ability to clock high.
  • Duwelon - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    Who in the mainstream are these E cores on desktop helping? Personally I suspect whether a mid-tier or higher PC has 8 E cores for 8 Million E Cores the vast majority of users wouldn't notice a single difference because practically speaking almost nothing can scale to more than 4 or 8 cores.
  • Tilmitt - Monday, October 16, 2023 - link

    Back to refreshing Skylake for 5 years again.
  • lmcd - Monday, October 16, 2023 - link

    Ironically Skylake refreshes were more justified. Skylake had a ton of errata and Kaby Lake fixed most of its sleep issues, while Coffee Lake supposedly fixed virtualization-based security and Comet Lake fixed Meltdown issues.

    Raptor Lake is maybe a few fixes and a better spin, and this refresh is even more pointless (and probably isn't even a spin).
  • meacupla - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    At least this one still works on LGA1700.
    When was the last time Intel supported the same socket for 3 generations of CPUs?
  • duploxxx - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    so just a new stepping is now called a generation? Yeah you are so aligned with Intel marketing tricks.... All this is the result of failing Meteor lake, not capable of having enough P core in the package and unable to go high enough in GHZ to leap vs RDL.
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    Yeah, whatever. 253W TDP. That's stupid even in an obsolete desktop form factor case. Managing cooling and power consumption on a monthly utility bill for something like that and the inevitably mandatory, comically-gigantic graphics card people will pair it up with is beyond reason. While it isn't quite as irresponsible as having children, the impact of entertainment is dreadfully high for all of us living on this dying planet together.
  • Tilmitt - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    Your genes will be replaced by people with no inhibitions over reproducing.

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