Intel Core i7-14700K in detail
The Core i7-14700K processor is the only 125-watt model from the Intel Raptor Lake-S Refresh generation that has undergone a core configuration change between generations. With more “efficient” ones, this processor is halfway to the Core i9-(14900K/13900K), but at the price of a Core i7. The Ci7-14700K is thus significantly more powerful than the Ci7-13700K for the same money. Especially in heavy multi-threaded workloads.
Intel Core i7-14700K in detail
Although the architecture of Intel’s desktop processors based on the big.LITTLE concept hasn’t changed since the first generation (Alder Lake), the latest Core i7-14700K is already better equipped than the Core i9-12900K. In addition to the eight P cores, it has twelve E cores instead of eight (Ci9-12900K and Ci7-13700K).
The Core i7-14700K physically uses an 8E+16E chip (stepping B0) just like the Core i7-13700K, but has more active E cores, as many as twelve. That’s four more compared to its predecessor, and four less than the top model in the form of the Core i9-14900K.
Recall that Intel processors combining the Golden/Raptor Cove and Gracemont architectures in the Core i7 class started with only four efficient cores total (12700K). Thus, the advance in performance can be expected to be significant, especially for multi-threaded applications that can benefit from the large increase in the little cores. But it should also be taken into account that the all-core boost of the Core i7-14700K on the big cores is already 5.5 GHz, which is beneficial for gaming performance, among other things.
The single-core boost for single-threaded applications, on the other hand, has climbed to 5.6 GHz, which is +600 MHz compared to the Ci7-12700K and +200 MHz compared to the Ci7-13700K. Compared to the Core i9-13900K, however, the Core i7-14700K still lags behind by 100–200 (TVB) MHz. However, it’s important to note here that the Core i7-14700K came with a 180 USD lower MSRP, which is on the same level as the older model. Sure, compared to rival AMD’s Ryzen (7900X) processor, Intel’s isn’t significantly cheaper in stores, as indicated by the MSRP, which each company sets a little differently, but even so, the direct confrontation is noteworthy. Intel comes with a higher core count (20), though more than half are “weaker” than the Zen 4 cores in the Ryzen 9 7900X.
As with all Raptor Lake Refresh processors, however, Intel has pushed the clock speeds harder in this case (Ci7-14700K) as well, even when it comes to the E cores with 4.3GHz for an all-core boost. Meanwhile, the PPT is still 253 W (as with the Core i7-13700K as well), but the power draw without power limits will naturally be higher with the Core i7-14700K. Compared to the R9 7900 (with a PPT of 230 W) quite significantly, but that’s getting into the results a bit too much. Which processor excels at what and which processor pulls the short end of the stick is traditionally a question for the next 39 chapters of this article.
- Intel Core i7-14700K in detail
- Methodology: performance tests
- Methodology: how we measure power draw
- Methodology: temperature and clock speed tests
- Test setup
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- Borderlands 3
- Counter-Strike: GO
- Cyberpunk 2077
- DOOM Eternal
- F1 2020
- Metro Exodus
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Total War Saga: Troy
- Overall gaming performance
- Gaming performance per euro
- PCMark and Geekbench
- Web performance
- 3D rendering: Cinebench, Blender, ...
- Video 1/2: Adobe Premiere Pro
- Video 2/2: DaVinci Resolve Studio
- Graphics effects: Adobe After Effects
- Video encoding
- Audio encoding
- Broadcasting (OBS and Xsplit)
- Photos 1/2: Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
- Photos 2/2: Affinity Photo, Topaz Labs AI Apps, ZPS X, ...
- Numerical computing
- Memory and cache tests
- Processor power draw curve
- Average processor power draw
- Performance per watt
- Achieved CPU clock speed
- CPU temperature