Intel unveiled its 14th Generation desktop processor family, with the flagship i9-14900K. This release introduces six new unlocked desktop processors, offering up to 24 cores, 32 threads, and clock speeds of up to 6 GHz. The Intel Core i7-14700K boasts 20 cores and 28 threads, aided by four Efficient-cores (E-cores) compared to the previous generation. The Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) now includes an AI Assist feature for simplified AI-guided overclocking on select unlocked Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processors. These processors are compatible with existing 600/700-series motherboards and will be available on October 17, 2023.
What do we think? The new processors are backward compatible to motherboards to Intel 600- and 700-series chipset meaning you can upgrade without having to rip out and replace the whole motherboard. And for an added boost you could replace your DDR4 with DDR5—DIY is back!
Intel keeps the price of newly launched 14th Generation desktop processor family virtually unchanged
Intel has introduced its 14th Generation desktop processor family, spearheaded by the i9-14900K. This latest line offers six new unlocked desktop processors upon release, providing up to 24 cores, 32 threads, and clock speeds reaching 6GHz out of the box. The Intel Core i7-14700K boasts 20 cores and 28 threads, with the addition of four Efficient-cores (E-cores) compared to the previous generation. The Intel Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) now includes an AI Assist feature for simplified AI-guided overclocking on select unlocked Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processors.
At the pinnacle of the Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processor range, the i9-14900K delivers an impressive 6GHz clock speed right from the start, making it the world’s fastest desktop processor. This power benefits gamers and provides an advantage. The i7-14700K with its 25% more cores enhances performance for creators dealing with multi-threaded workloads. These processors are compatible with existing 600/700-series motherboards, offering the necessary computing power and performance for enthusiasts.
Enhancing the overall desktop experience, the Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processor family claims faster clock speeds throughout the stack, highlighted by the i9-14900K’s 6GHz turbo frequencies. Intel’s advanced performance hybrid architecture remains a solid choice, delivering the demanded computing performance for everyday tasks.
Key features include:
- Gaming: These processors, says Intel, elevate the gaming experience with up to 23% boost in gaming performance compared to leading competitors. Intel Application Optimization (APO) and Intel Thread Director application thread scheduling improve application threading.
- Overclocking: Intel Core 14th Gen unlocked processors offer XTU AI Assist for AI-guided overclocking and supports DDR5 XMP speeds exceeding 8,000 megatransfers per second.
- Connectivity: The processors are compatible with Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.3, in addition to forthcoming Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 technologies. They also provide Thunderbolt 4 and upcoming Thunderbolt 5 wired connectivity, offering bi-directional bandwidth of up to 80 Gbps.
- Compatibility: Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processors are compatible with both Intel 600- and 700-series chipsets, making it convenient for enthusiasts to upgrade their existing systems for improved gaming and creator performance.
Intel Core 14th Gen desktop processors will be available on October 17, 2023, through various retail channels and OEM partner systems.
The i5-14600K, with 14 cores, consisting of 6 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores, is slated to offer a boost clock of 5.3GHz and a base clock of 3.5GHz. The Core i5-14600K will retail at $319, while its counterpart lacking integrated graphics, the Core i5-14600KF, will be priced at $294.
It’s worth noting that the pricing for this new desktop series remains consistent with the 13th Gen series, with no recommended customer price increases across the board.