Intel is set to launch its next-generation CPUs in stores tomorrow, featuring the high-end i9 processor with a promise of reaching 6GHz straight out of the box. The new i7-14700K boasts an impressive 20 cores and 28 threads, while the i9-14900K takes it even further with up to 24 cores and 32 threads, along with the potential for an immediate 6GHz frequency. Engadget points out that this isn't the first Intel CPU to reach such performance levels, as the i9-13900KS had previously achieved it. However, this high-speed performance is reserved for what Intel calls "Thermal Velocity Boost," and it's a distinction that sets Intel apart from AMD.
As a result, Intel proudly claims the i9-14900K as the "world's fastest desktop processor." It boasts 25% more cores than its i7 counterpart, a feature particularly noticeable in gaming and multi-threaded creator workloads. According to the company, it outpaces the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X3D by 23% in certain gaming scenarios and a staggering 54% when multitasking with After Effects and Premiere Pro, as reported by Engadget. Intel also highlights significant performance improvements when compared to its previous generations, especially in software like Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, and After Effects, which is crucial for photographers and video editors.
Power consumption remains consistent with the previous generation, drawing 253 watts. In addition to its speed, Intel's latest desktop processors come with integrated support for Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.3, as well as discrete support for the upcoming Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 technologies. Thunderbolt support includes Thunderbolt 4 and anticipation for Thunderbolt 5, offering up to 80 Gbps of bi-directional bandwidth. Intel's new CPUs maintain compatibility with both Intel 600 and 700 series chipsets, ensuring a smooth and straightforward upgrade path.
Price and Availability
These processors will be available starting tomorrow, October 17, with the i7-14700K priced at $409 and the i9-14900K at $589.