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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  • charlesg - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    What a depressing and distorted viewpoint of reality!
    Assuming you actually believe this nonsense, and aren't a bot, maybe it's time to subscribe to a new ideology that is closer to reality?
    You'll be much happier.
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - link

    So you presume it's a depressing thing to want to limit population growth to well below the carrying capacity of the planet and use forms/methods of entertainment that are not as adversely impactful of our available resources? If nothing else, that's a good example of why we're soiling the collective cage we all share together. Thanks for proving the point.
  • charlesg - Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - link

    Your perspective of "max capacity" and "available resources" are awry.
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, October 19, 2023 - link

    Do a little research.
  • nandnandnand - Wednesday, October 18, 2023 - link

    There is an i9-13900T, you know. 24 cores, 35W base TDP, 106W turbo TDP.

    Be the change you want to see in the world and throttle your CPUs.
  • jimbo2779 - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    I thought they were dropping the "i" branding.
  • ingwe - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    These power draws just feel wild. I am running a 5600X at 30W that does just fine. I realize I am leaving some performance on the table, but even in some more demanding games it isn't a problem. I can't imagine running my CPU at 250 W.
  • Eletriarnation - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    This is exciting, not because of anything about the chips themselves but because this is the third generation of processors on a single socket. We haven't seen Intel do this since Socket 775 unless I'm forgetting something. Maybe they'll be a bit more willing to let platforms last 3+ years going forward.
  • Samus - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    I couldn't help but notice that too, but does 14th gen even count as a generational advancement?
  • hubick - Tuesday, October 17, 2023 - link

    How many people work at Intel? Y'all showed up every day for a year, and THIS is what we get from all those hours?

    This amounts to NOTHING. Nothing of real use anyway. Garbage. Replace everyone involved with someone who can get Thunderbolt 5 out the door faster, at least that will be useful for something.

    Also, DDR5 is still basically a wash over DDR4 due to latency, except maybe at the very very high-end? Y'all need to push RAM vendors to make a system upgrade worthwhile.

    I feel like my Threadripper 3960X was a hell of a good time to buy a new system. I'm not feeling even slightly compelled to replace it with this garbage. Maybe when TB5 does come out... but that probably won't actually be on shelves until 2025.

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