Intel is launching its 14th Gen desktop processors this week, promising enhance frequencies of 6GHz out of the field for its flagship Core i9-14900K. Often called Raptor Lake Refresh, Intel is sustaining pricing for its 14th Gen Core i9, i7, and i5 processors this yr, sticking to the identical retail pricing because the thirteenth Gen when these new chips launch on October seventeenth.
The 6GHz enhance on the brand new Core i9-14900K makes it the “quickest desktop processor at quantity,” in line with Intel, referring to its special-edition 13900KS that first broke the 6GHz barrier at inventory speeds final yr however didn’t ship at quantity. The extra fascinating 14th Gen processor on this refresh could possibly be the Core i7-14700K, although, because of a big bump to its effectivity cores.
This yr, Intel is growing the core rely on its Core i7 processor, shifting from eight effectivity and eight efficiency cores to 12 effectivity and eight efficiency cores. That’s 20 cores in complete for the Core i7-14700K, near the 24 discovered on the Core i9-14900K. The bottom clocks on the P-core are 3.4GHz and a pair of.5GHz on the E-core for the 14700K, the identical that we noticed on final yr’s 13700K. These added effectivity cores ought to assist with creator duties and even gaming efficiency for titles that make the most of multithreading.
Intel has some favorable benchmarks towards AMD’s Ryzen 9 7950X and even its personal earlier Core i7 chips for creator duties, however we’ll have to attend and see how this new Core i7-14700K compares to AMD’s spectacular 7800X3D chip for gaming benchmarks.
Over on the flagship facet, Intel’s Core i9-14900K provides the 6GHz Thermal Velocity Enhance frequency discovered beforehand on the $699 special-edition Core i9-13900KS variant. Frequencies for the P-core max turbo are up 200Hz to five.6GHz this time round, alongside a 100MHz bump on the E-core max turbo facet. Even the bottom frequencies for each the P- and E-cores are up 200MHz.
Intel additionally has a refreshed Core i5 this yr. The i5-14600K features a complete of 20 cores (six P-cores and eight E-cores) and has a base clock of three.5GHz on the P-core facet and as much as a 5.3GHz enhance.
All of those 14th Gen processors will work in Intel 600- and 700-series motherboards, as Intel remains to be utilizing its LGA 1700 socket. Additionally they embrace assist for Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 by a discrete choice that motherboard producers can embrace in refreshed Z790 boards. Intel can also be supporting DDR5 5600 and DDR4 3200 reminiscence speeds with its 14th Gen chips.
The Core i9-14900K will likely be priced at $589, with the Core i7-1700K priced at $409 and the Core i5-14600K launching at $319. All three processors will likely be accessible from system builders and retailers on October seventeenth.