Intel company is set to unleash its 14th Gen desktop processor, marking a significant leap in processing power. This strategy aligns with the pricing of their 13th-generation counterparts and is set to take effect upon the chips' debut on October 17th.
Since the introduction of our performance hybrid architecture, Intel has consistently raised the bar for desktop performance. With our Intel Core 14th Generation processors, we’re showing once again why enthusiasts turn to Intel for the best desktop experience available on the market today.
The 6GHz boost of the Core i9-14900K positions it as the speed champion, earning the title of the "fastest desktop processor at volume," according to Intel. It outpaces the special-edition 13900KS, which initially broke the 6GHz barrier at stock speeds but did not see mass production. However, the real standout in this Intel 14th Gen refresh might be the Core i7-14700K, characterized by a substantial upgrade to its efficiency cores.
Intel is increasing the core count for the Core i7, transitioning from eight efficiency cores and eight performance cores to an impressive 12 efficiency cores and eight performance cores. This totals 20 cores for the Core i7-14700K, approaching the 24 cores present in the Core i9-14900K. The P-core clocks in at 3.4GHz, while the E-core stands at 2.5GHz for the 14700K, in line with last year's 13700K. These additional efficiency cores promise improved performance for creative tasks and gaming titles that leverage multithreading.
Intel's benchmarks pit the 14th Gen processors against AMD's Ryzen 9 7950X and their own previous Core i7 chips for creative tasks. The performance excels, but the true test awaits in gaming benchmarks when the Core i7-14700K is compared to AMD's formidable 7800X3D chip.
At the flagship end of the spectrum, the Core i9-14900K mirrors the 6GHz Thermal Velocity Boost frequency previously seen in the $699 special-edition Core i9-13900KS variant. P-core turbo frequencies receive a 200Hz boost to 5.6GHz, while the E-core's max turbo is up by 100MHz. Base frequencies for both the P-core and E-core are also elevated by 200MHz.
Intel hasn't overlooked the Core i5 in this update. The i5-14600K packs a total of 20 cores, consisting of six P-cores and eight E-cores. The P-core maintains a base clock of 3.5GHz, with the ability to reach a 5.3GHz boost.
These Intel latest Gen processors are fully compatible with Intel 600- and 700-series motherboards, utilizing the LGA 1700 socket. They also support Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 through an optional discrete feature that motherboard manufacturers can incorporate into refreshed Z790 boards. DDR5 5600 and DDR4 3200 memory speeds are endorsed by Intel for use with its 14th Gen chips.
In terms of pricing, the Core i9-14900K comes in at $589, while the Core i7-1700K is priced at $409, and the Core i5-14600K starts at $319. All three processors will be available through system builders and retailers beginning October 17th. This release marks a significant stride in Intel's ongoing pursuit of cutting-edge performance in the world of desktop processors.