We’ve just had a double whammy of Intel 14th gen CPU news, with the Core i5 14600K specs seemingly confirmed in a CPU-Z screenshot, and 14600KF benchmark data appearing on the Geekbench results browser, so we can compare it to the Core i5-13600K. While these are technically two different Intel CPU models, the ‘F’ on the latter only means it has a disabled integrated GPU, and we can expect similar performance results from both chips.
Let’s start with the CPU-Z leak, which comes courtesy of Twitter tech leaker @9550pro (we’ve posted a cropped version below), and shows an Intel Core i5 14600K engineering sample installed in a Gigabyte Z790 Gaming AX motherboard. It’s also shown using an LGA1700 socket, adding weight to speculation that Intel 14th gen CPUs will run fine on older LGA1700 motherboards.
The CPU tab in the CPU-Z screenshot shows it running at 5.3GHz (or technically 5297.4MHz), although it interestingly also shows a maximum multiplier of 55x in the box below it, implying there’s potential for this CPU to boost even further to 5.5GHz. The CPU-Z screenshot also lists a 125W TDP, and confirms previous speculation that the Core i5 14600K will have six P-Cores and eight E-Cores.
Core i5 14600K benchmark
Next we come to the Core i5 14600KF benchmark leak, which again details the CPU specs, this time of the 14600KF model with no GPU. In the Geekbench browser it’s shown as having a maximum boost clock speed of 3.5GHz, along with the six P-Cores and eight E-Cores we expected. Apart from the clock speed and lack of integrated GPU, it otherwise has the same specs as the Core i5 13600K. This benchmark data comes shortly after 14700K and 14900K benchmark results were leaked on the BAPCo CrossMark database.
The benchmark results themselves are also in line with expectations for the small change in specs, with a single-core score of 2,794, and mult-core score of 17,190. We found the nearest comparable result, based on the Core i5 13600KF, with the same Asus TUF Gaming Z790-Plus WiFi motherboard, and the same 32GB of 6000MHz DDR5 memory, with both systems running Windows 11 Home.
The Core i5 13600KF single-core score is 2,665, showing a 4.8 percent performance boost from the extra clock speed of the 14600KF. Meanwhile, the multi-core result of 16,670 shows only a 3 percent boost when going from the 13600KF to the 14600KF. This isn’t surprising, given that the two CPUs have the same core configuration.
Intriguingly, both pieces of software apparently detect the chip as being named the Core i5 14600K or Core i5 14600KF, without using the new Intel branding. There were some expectations that it would be called the Core 5 Ultra 14600K, or a variation on that name, as Intel recently announced a plan to drop the ‘i’ from CPU names, and add the ‘Ultra’ brand to its enthusiast-level chips.
In the meantime, if you’re looking to buy a new CPU, make sure you read our guide to the best gaming CPU, where we take you through all the best options at a range of prices. The Core i5 13600K remains one of our favorites, as you can overclock the 13600K, and it offers solid performance for a very reasonable price.
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