Update (11/9/2023) – HA
Sources from the Videocardz portal indicate that Intel plans to launch the new processors, such as the 14th generation Core i9-14900K, i7-14700K and i5-14600K, on October 17, when the CPUs will be available for purchase. One day earlier, on October 16, Intel imposed an announcement embargo, suggesting that partner stores can then open pre-sales of components. On October 17th, the embargo should also lift for specialized portals to publish product reviews.
It’s important to note that this release date only covers six models, specifically the K and KF series, including the Core i9-14900K (24 cores), Core i7-14700K (20 cores), and Core i5-14600K (14 cores), along with with their respective KF variants without integrated graphics support.
These are all unlocked 125W TDP models, with non-K-series variants featuring TDPs of 65W and lower expected to arrive around CES 2024 next year.
Intel is preparing to announce the Raptor Lake Refresh series at Innovation 2023, now scheduled for September 19th. The company is expected to reveal several other products, including the Core 100 Ultra mobile line, codenamed “Meteor Lake,” and possibly some mobile rebrands of the Raptor Lake Refresh series.
There are also expectations that Intel may provide updates to Arc GPUs, especially given the availability of the new ACM-G12 GPU and the delayed launch of its Arc A580 GPU by nearly a year.
Update (5/9/2023) – HA
Intel is finishing preparing its next line of Core K CPUs, codenamed Raptor Lake Refresh. The flagship, which should be launched later this month, is the Core i9-14900K model which, after having some specifications leaked, also appeared on the Geekbench website, showing results of its operation.
The main specifications of this CPU include 8 P-Cores and 16 E-Cores. It is, alongside the i9-13900KS Special Edition, the second Intel CPU to reach a clock speed greater than 6.0 GHz thanks to Thermal Velocity Boost technology. The tests were carried out on a Biostar Z790 SILVER motherboard, reaffirming the compatibility of this processor with the next motherboards in its class.
The CPU scored 3,121 and 19,032 points in the Geekbench 6.1 benchmark, respectively, in single-core and multi-core tests. Based on this data, the Core i9-14900K performs better than the Core i9-13900K, but only when the single-core test is considered in this case. In multi-core tests, it appears to lag behind 13900K. The 14900K CPU demonstrates an improvement of approximately 6% in single-core benchmarks.
A few factors need to be considered — the Core i9-14900K dataset is noticeably smaller, which may cause results to vary. Additionally, the motherboard used for testing may not be fully optimized for this specific CPU, potentially affecting its performance. It is also worth noting that the CPU was paired with DDR5-4800 memory, which may have an impact on the overall performance of the system.
Intel is expected to announce its 14th generation of processors during the InnovatiON event, which will take place between September 19th and 20th. Although the manufacturer keeps the details of its new products under wraps, several leaks have already revealed information about the “Raptor Lake Refresh-S” line, which will be made up of optimized versions of the 13th generation Core.
On Sunday (04), leaker @wxnod from the social network X (formerly Twitter) released screenshots showing benchmark tests and specifications of the Core i9-14900K, which will be the fastest processor in the line. According to the scores obtained by a hardware sample, its performance will be increased by just 9%.
The Core i9-14900K scored 978 points in single-core testing and 18,117.5 points in multi-core testing, while its predecessor achieved 901.8 and 17,167.5 points in the same tests made by CPU-Z, respectively.
Such data reiterates that the performance leap between both generations will be minimal, especially when considering that the Core i9-14900K will use the same lithography, architecture and cache as the Core i9-13900K, but must support higher DDR5 RAM speeds.
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The screenshots reinforce that the Core i9-14900K will have 24 cores (8 high-performance and 16 low-power) and 32 threads, 36 MB of Smart Cache and 125 W TDP with 253 W PL2 — specifications identical to those of the Core i9-13900K. However, one difference with the new model will be the clock speeds, which will increase by 200 MHz.
This means that the Core i9-14900K will be able to reach a maximum clock speed of 6 GHz — just like the Core i9-13900KS, a special version of the Core i9-13900K — and will have a base frequency of 3.2 GHz, according to the leak.
Rumors indicate that the processor will reach international retailers costing US$695 (around R$3,419), which is around 18% more expensive than the Core i9-13900K, which debuted last year with a suggested price of US$589.
In addition to the Core i9-14900K, other processors that should make up the line will be the Core i7-14700K and Core i5-14600K. Intel should also introduce optimized versions of chips for powerful notebooks in the “HX” line using the same “Core i” nomenclature, while the “Meteor Lake” line, for ultra-thin notebooks, should adopt the term “Core Ultra”.
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