Sat. Jun 15th, 2024


Intel has announced the 14th generation processors for desktops. The 14th gen series includes six new processors at the launch, with up to 24 cores, 32 threads, and up to 6GHz of clock speeds.
Leading the lineup is the Intel Core i9-14900K, which the company says is the “fastest desktop processor at volume,” being capable of clocking speeds up to 6GHz right out of the box. Intel had earlier released a special edition 13900KS processor that had broken the 6GHz barrier at stock speeds, but it was not shipped in volume.
The latest refresh also features the Core i7-14700K processor that now comes with 25% more cores, which means it has a total of 20 cores – 12 efficiency cores and 8 performance cores – and 28 threads. This one also sees improvement in efficiency as it comes with four efficient cores (E-cores) compared to the previous generation.
Intel has introduced new features in its Core iK processor, such as the addition of a 6GHz Thermal Velocity Boost frequency that was previously only available on the special-edition Core iKS variant. The P-core max turbo frequencies have increased by 200Hz to 5.6GHz, whereas the E-core max turbo frequency has been bumped up by 100MHz. Even the base frequencies for both the P- and E-cores have been increased by 200MHz.
Intel claims that their 14900K is 23% faster than AMD‘s Ryzen 9 7950X3D while playing Starfield in 1080p, and the processor achieved over 100fps in Total War: Warhammer III while playing, streaming, and recording in 1080p with ultra graphics settings. Additionally, Intel says that the 14900K is 54% faster while multitasking between After Effects and Premiere Pro compared to Ryzen 9 7950X3D.
The Core i5 is also being refreshed this year, with the i5-14600K model featuring 20 cores – out of which 6 are performance cores and 8 are efficiency cores. It has a base clock of 3.5GHz on the P-core side and up to 5.3GHz when boosted.
Intel says that 14th-generation desktop processors provide a 23% gaming performance improvement compared to competitors. These support Intel Application Optimization and Intel Thread Director. Additionally, these processors have integrated support for Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.3 and discrete support for new Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 wireless technologies. They also support Thunderbolt 4 and are compatible with Intel 600 and 700 series chipsets.
The i9-4900K processor comes with support for XTU AI Assist, which feature helps make the process of overclocking easier. Intel says that its AI overclocking model is trained on hundreds of CPUs, motherboards, and cooler options, including liquid cooling. However, the new desktop processors are missing out on the dedicated NPU that is onboard the new mobile processors.
The Core i9-14900K will be priced at $589 (around Rs 49,000), with the Core i7-1700K priced at $409 (around Rs 34,000) and the Core i5-14600K launching at $319 (around Rs 26,500). All three processors will be available from system builders and retailers on October 17.


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