Intel Core i7-14700K release date, specs, and price rumors

Latest rumors about Intel 14th gen CPU show that this Raptor Lake refresh processor has 20 cores, and is 20 percent faster than the 13700K in Cinebench.

Intel Core i7-14700K mockup

If you’re looking for all the details about the reportedly forthcoming Intel Core i7-14700K, then you’ve come to the right place. In this story, we outline all we’ve learned about the new Intel CPU so far, including rumors and speculation about the Core i7-14700K specs, release date and price. The new CPU looks set to be based on a refresh of the Intel Raptor Lake architecture, as with the previous 13th gen lineup.

A few Intel 14th gen benchmark results have already been leaked, along with details of a 20-core CPU in the lineup, which looks likely to be the Intel Core i7-14700K, or the Core 7 Ultra 14700K, depending on how Intel brands it.

The latest Core i7-14700K benchmark leak shows a big boost in multi-threaded performance in Cinebench R23 and the internal CPU-Z benchmark, thanks to the CPU having four more E-cores than the Core i7-13700K. However, according to this leak, there’s not much difference between the two CPUs when it comes to single-threaded performance.

Previous leaks showed the amount of cache and the number of cores in an unidentified processor, while screenshot of a Cinebench R23 result, posted by Twitter user @wxnod, shows a multi-core score of 36,296, compared with our own result of 30,137 for the Core i7-13700K – a 20 percent boost, and a result that’s not far off the 38,422 from the top-end AMD Ryzen 9 7950X. However, the single-core score of 2,192 is only slightly above the 2,099 score we got from the 13700K – a much smaller boost of 4 percent.

Intel Core i7-14700K benchmark results

The reason for the disparity between the results is suggested by a further leak of a screenshot spotted by Twitter user @harukaze5719. This shows the specs of a mystery CPU, suggesting the Intel 14700K has 20 cores and 28 threads, which compares with 16 cores and 24 threads for the 13700K. This suggests there will be 12 E-Cores in the Core i7-14700K, rather than the eight in the 13700K, giving it plenty more multi-threaded power.

However, it looks as though the Core i7-14700K boost clock speed will be 5.5GHz, as detected by the AIDA64 Cache & Memory Benchmark in the original screenshot. This is only 100MHz higher than the 5.4GHz boost clock of the 13700K, which is why single-threaded performance hasn’t improved by much.

Intel Core i7-14700K specs

The increase in core counts makes total sense in the context of Intel’s 13th-gen range of CPUs. The new CPUs look set to use the same Raptor Lake architecture as the 13th-gen lineup, but with an increase clock speeds and core counts to help them stay competitive.

There also isn’t much of a difference in specs between the Core i5-13600K and Core i7-13700K, with the latter chip just having two more P-Cores but a significantly higher price. Having the extra E-Cores could help to differentiate the Core i7-14700K from the Core i5-14600K, depending on the specs of the latter.

Intel has also recently announced its plans to drop the ‘i’ from its Core branding, so these CPUs may well end up being called the Core 7 Ultra 14700K, Core 5 14600K Ultra, and so on. Previous speculation also suggests that the Intel 14th-gen socket will be LGA1700, and that the new CPUs will support both DDR4 and DDR5 memory.

Intel Core i7-14700K specs

The expected Core i7-14700K specs list is:

Base frequency P-Core 3.4GHz, E-Core 2.5GHz
Max boost frequency P-Core 5.5GHz, E-Core 4.3GHz
Core Raptor Lake
Manufacturing process 10nm (Intel 7)
Number of P-Cores 8
Number of E-Cores 12
Number of threads 28
Hyper-Threading Yes (P-Cores only)
L2 cache 28 MB
L3 cache 33 MB
Memory controller Dual-channel DDR4 and DDR5
Packaging LGA1700
Thermal design power (TDP) 125 W
Features: Turbo Boost 2, FMA3, F16C, SHA, BMI / BMI1 + BMI2, AVX-512, AVX2, AVX, AES, SSE4a, SSE4, SSSE3, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, MMX

Intel Core i7-14700K release date

The Intel Core i7-14700K release date is Tuesday, October 17, 2023, according to our best estimate, based on leaks and previous release schedules, as there has been no official announcement.

Intel Core i7-14700K price

The Intel Core i7-14700K price is $420 (£410), according to our best estimate, based on the prices of previous releases, as there has been no official announcement.

Price: Expect to pay $420 (£399).

If you’re on the lookout for a new CPU in the meantime, check out our guide to the best gaming CPU, where we run you through the best options, whatever your needs and budget. One of our favorites from Intel’s current Raptor Lake lineup is the Core i5-13600K, which is fast and affordable, and you can read our full guide on how to overclock the Core i5-13600K as well.

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