Intel is launching its 14th generation desktop processors this week, promising boosted 6GHz frequencies out of the box for its flagship Core i9-14900K. Intel, known as Raptor Lake Refresh, is maintaining prices for its 14th generation Core i9, i7 and i5 processors this year, sticking to the same retail prices as the 13th generation when these new chips launch on October 17.
The 6GHz boost on the new Core i9-14900K makes it the “fastest desktop processor by volume,” according to Intel, referring to the special edition 13900KS that first broke the 6GHz barrier at stock speeds last year but never shipped in quantities. big. . The most interesting 14th generation processor in this update could be the Core i7-14700K, thanks to the significant increase in its efficiency cores.
This year, Intel is increasing the number of cores in its Core i7 processor, moving from eight efficiency cores and eight performance cores to 12 efficiency cores and eight performance cores. This means 20 cores in total for the Core i7-14700K, close to the 24 cores found in the Core i9-14900K. The base clocks on the P-core are 3.4GHz and 2.5GHz on the E-core for the 14700K, which is the same as we saw on the 13700K last year. These extra efficiency cores should help with creator tasks and even gaming performance for titles that take advantage of multithreading.
Intel has some positive benchmarks against AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X and even its previous Core i7 chips for build tasks, but we’ll have to wait and see how the new Core i7-14700K compares to AMD’s impressive 7800X3D chip for gaming benchmarks.
On the flagship side, the Intel Core i9-14900K adds the 6GHz thermal boost frequency previously found in the $699 Core i9-13900KS Special Edition. The P-core max Turbo frequencies go from 200Hz to 5.6GHz this time, along with a 100MHz bump on the E-core max Turbo side. Even the fundamental frequencies of both P and E cores reach 200 MHz.
Intel also has an updated Core i5 this year. The i5-14600K has a total of 20 cores (six P-cores and eight E-cores) and has a base clock of 3.5 GHz on the P-core side and up to 5.3 GHz.
All of these 14th Gen processors will run on Intel’s 600 and 700 series motherboards, as Intel is still using its LGA 1700 socket. It also includes support for Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 through a separate option that motherboard manufacturers can include in updated Z790 boards. Intel also supports DDR5 5600 and DDR4 3200 memory speeds with the 14th generation chipsets.
The Core i9-14900K will be priced at $589, the Core i7-1700K at $409, and the Core i5-14600K at $319. All three processors will be available from system builders and retailers on October 17.
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