Intel Core i9-14900K: a damp squib?


With just a few days to go before the official launch of Intel’s 14th-generation processor range, a number of leaks have appeared concerning the performance of the next Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs. This time, we’re in the presence of CPU-Z’s performance tests of the next Core i9-14900K. The results confirm that we can’t really expect miracles in terms of power gains, since the 13 and 14 generations have the same manufacturing process, the same architecture and the same number of cores.

Intel Core i9-14900K: the i9-13900K’s hidden twin

14th gen: the revolution lies elsewhere

If you’re a stickler for performance, you’ll notice that the performance gains come solely from the small jump in frequency… which makes perfect sense. Thus, the 14900K running at 6Ghz would benefit from a 9% gain over the Core i9-13900K (5.80 GHz). In multicore mode, the difference would be 8%. As many have noted, in this story, the future i9-14900K resembles the hidden twin brother of the Core i9-13900KS, which also reaches 6.00 GHz. Viewed from this angle, the differences between these two “twins” are limited: in single-core mode, the difference would be reduced to 3%, and in multi-core mode to 5% in favor of the newborn.

In short, those equipped with 13th-generation processors clearly have no interest in switching. This 14th generation for desktop PCs is clearly a transition generation. This in no way detracts from the qualities of these processors, which will hold their own against the competition, but to see anything new, you’ll have to take a look at laptops, where Meteor Lake promises a number of revolutions.