Intel Core i9-14900K and Core i7-14700K Raptor Lake Refresh CPU benchmarks leak

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Intel Core i9-14900K and Core i7-14700K Raptor Lake Refresh CPU benchmarks leak

The latest benchmarks for Intel's upcoming Core i9-14900K and Core i7-14700K CPUs that will be part of the Raptor Lake Refresh series have leaked.

Leaked Intel Core i9-14900K and Core i7-14700K "Raptor Lake Refresh" CPU benchmarks may be from early ES chips

The Intel Core i9-14900K and Core i7-14700K CPUs are part of the 14th generation Raptor Lake-S Refresh Desktop series that retains the same core architecture as the existing chips, but offers increased clock speeds and a few new core configurations on models such as e.g. Core i7 series. But before we get into the juicy numbers, let's recap what we know about these two pieces that have leaked into the benchmarks today.

Intel Core i9-14900K CPU Specifications

Starting with the flagship, we have the Intel Core i9-14900K CPU which will have 24 cores and 32 threads in an 8+16 configuration. The CPU will have up to 36MB of Smart Cache and a base TDP of 125W (253W PL2). It will have clock speeds of 3.2GHz at base and up to 6.0GHz with Thermal Velocity Boost. These frequencies are currently for the pre-QS stage, so we could see the rumored 6.2GHz on either this chip or a "KS" variant later down the road. Regardless, this will be a +200 MHz frequency jump over the Core i9-13900K and the same as the Core i9-13900KS.

Intel Core i7-14700K CPU Specifications

For the Core i7-14700K, Intel will use its 8+12 core configuration that offers 20 cores and 28 threads. This will be a nice upgrade over the existing Core i7-13700K which offers an 8+8 core configuration, giving a nice boost to multi-threading performance thanks to the extra E-cores. The CPU will offer 33MB of smart cache (versus 30MB) and has clock speeds of 3.4GHz in the base and up to 5.6GHz with TBMT3. There is also a +200 MHz boost over the 13700K and we can see performance gains of around 5-10% from this particular SKU.

Alright then on with the performance figures. The Intel Core i9-14900K and Core i7-14700K were tested in the BAPCo CrossMark CPU benchmark, which evaluates processor responsiveness and productivity/creative suite performance. For comparisons, we will use the average total score which is 2265 for the Core i9-14900K and 1980 for the Core i7-14700K.

Meanwhile, the Intel Core i9-13900K and Core i7-13700K score 2399 and 2222 points respectively, but the minimum score is much lower than that of the new Raptor Lake-S update parts. The AMD Ryzen 9 7950X also gets a respectable 2218 points while the Ryzen 9 7900X gets 2166 points.

Now these scores are not particularly good as we would have expected better performance thanks to the higher clocks and higher core configurations (14700K), but the reason is that these may just be early ES/QS chips with lower clocks. This is evident by the fact that the other chips have a larger sample size, leading to lower minimum scores, while the 14900K and 14700K have a much smaller sample size that may not even be based on the final detail silicon.

The benchmark measurements in both cases were performed on an LGA 1700 platform with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU, 16 GB DDR5-4800 memory and 5 TB HDD storage. It appears that these may be OEM PCs since the Core i7-14700K listing mentions "ACER" under the Power Management tab and may use very conservative power profiles since OEM designs cannot keep up with the actual CPU power limits of these unlocked chips .

Furthermore, the DDR5-4800 memory is a major bottleneck and we know that Intel Raptor Lake-S Refresh chips will have improved support for faster DDR5-6800+ memory sets. We know that the chips will offer:

Expect more information on Intel's 14th generation Raptor Lake-S Refresh Desktop CPU family at the upcoming Innovation 2023 event in September, which will also be the launch platform for Intel's Meteor Lake "Core Ultra" CPUs.

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