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Intel 14th gen CPUs land, with 14900K, 14700K and 14600K now official

Intel Raptor Lake refresh processors, in the shape of the 14900K, 14700K, and 14600K, can hit up to 6GHz and sport up to 24 cores for same price as 13th gen.

Intel 14th gen official launch

It’s official, the Intel 14th gen CPU lineup has been unveiled by Intel, with the first six processors of the roster now available for pre-order. Those chips are the Intel Core i9-14900K, Intel Core i7-14700K, and Intel Core i5-14600K, along with KF variants of those three chips.

You can find our Intel Core i9-14900K review here.

The new Intel CPUs can be pre-ordered from a variety of outlets today with the Intel 14th gen release date being tomorrow October 17, 2023. As reported moments ago, pricing for the new chips matches that of the older 13th gen models, which we would expect to result in a drop in 13th gen pricing, though this hasn’t yet been confirmed.

Leading the pack of new chips is the Intel Core i9-14900K, which houses 24 cores (8 P-Cores and 16 E-Cores) and can handle up to 32 threads at a time. Its clock speed peaks at 6GHz, making for a 200MHz increase on the 13900K. Like all three of the new chips, it has a 125W TDP.

Next up is the Intel Core i7-14700K which packs in 20 cores (8 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores) for a total thread processing count of 28. It also has a peak clock speed of 5.6GHz, with a 3.4GHz base clock speed. This is currently the only 14th gen chip to receive an increase in core count over the 13th gen models, with it gaining four E-Cores.

Finally, there’s the Intel Core i5-14600K that has 14 cores (6 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores) running at a 3.5GHz base clock and 5.3GHz boost clock.

As for the Intel Core i9-14900KF, Intel Core i7-14700KF, and Intel Core i5-14600KF, they all have identical specs to their namesakes but the F denotes they don’t have integrated graphics. That omission saves you $25 over the chips with integrated graphics.

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Talking of price, the Intel 14th gen price list is as follows. The Intel Core i9-14900K price is $589.99, the Intel Core i7-14700K price is $409.99, the Intel Core i5-14600K price is $319.99, and the Intel Core i5-14600KF price is $299.99. Those prices are all highly competitive, considering they match Intel’s outgoing 13th gen models. We can almost certainly expect AMD to respond with price cuts on some of its best gaming CPU Zen 4 chips, such as the 7950X3D and 7800X3D.

Intel claims the 14900K can deliver up to 23% performance improvement over the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D, with that example benchmark being taken using Starfield. Intel is also touting the ‘best-in-class’ frame rate consistency of its new chips, ensuring fewer drops in frame rate.

As has long been highlighted leading up to this launch, one of the key appealing aspects of these chips is that they’re compatible with all existing Intel 600 and Intel 700 series LGA 1700 chipsets, so you can easily slot them in as an upgrade from a 12th or 13th gen chip. The same will be true of AMD’s next generation of CPUs – for its AM5 motherboards – but the current generation of AMD chips required a wholly new socket, which disrupted the upgrade path for many buyers.

Another feature included with this new launch is that Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) now has an AI Assist feature. This allows for one-click AI-guided overclocking with unlocked 14th gen CPUs. The system has been trained on hundreds of CPU, motherboard, power supply, memory, cooler combinations to make for a best guess at the optimal overclocking settings for your system.

Along with the availability of Intel’s new CPUs tomorrow, we’ll be able to release our Intel Core i9-14900K review and Intel Core i5-14600K review. So watch out for those and give them a read before you make your buying decision.

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