Intel have just launched their latest 14th Gen Core processors (17th Oct, 2023). And thanks to our sponsors, we managed to get hold of the Core i7-14700K. We’ll be comparing this so-called “Next-Gen” processor from Intel – the Core i7-14700K vs Core i9-12900KF vs Core i9-13900K.
We did a similar comparison with the AMD Ryzen 9 7900X last year, so it will be interesting to see how well the Core i7-14700K can complete against both its predecessor the 12th and 13th Gen, as well as the AMD Ryzen 7000 series.
I must emphasize, that Intel’s 14th Gen Core processors (Raptor Lake-S) in my opinion isn’t really “Next-Gen” but rather a “Refresh” of their previous 13th Gen Raptor Lake processors.
It can now support faster memory speeds of up to DDR5-8266 MHz. Intel also claims the Core i7-14700K is 17% faster than its predecessor, with the higher-end Core i9-14900K being able to push past the 6GHz barrier.
The Core i7-14700K is a really interesting processor due to its price and the performance that it offers. The Core i7 series is what a lot of users, gamers and enthusiasts would choose, because it generally offers the best bang for the buck.
Armed with 8 Performance-cores, 12 Efficient-cores and a total of 28 threads with 33MB of L3 cache, it’s definitely more than enough for even the most hardcore of users.
We will provide a 3-way comparison between the Core i7-14700K vs Core i9-12900KF vs Core i9-13900. Let’s begin with a quick comparison table …
|Core i9-12900KF||Core i9-13900K||Core i7-14700K|
|Generation (Code Name)||12th Gen (Alder Lake)||13th Gen (Raptor Lake)||14th Gen (Raptor Lake-S)|
(8 Performance-cores/8 Efficient-cores)
(8 Performance-cores/16 Efficient-cores)
(8 Performance-cores/12 Efficient-cores)
|Default Base clock rate||3.2 GHz||4.30 GHz||3.4 GHz|
|Max Turbo Boost||5.2 GHz||5.80 GHz||5.4 GHz|
|Fabrication Process||10nm||10nm||10 nm|
|Cache L2/L3||30 MB||
|Integrated Video||N/A||Intel® UHD Graphics 770||Intel® UHD Graphics 770|
|PCIe/DDR support||PCIe 5.0 / DDR4 / DDR5||PCIe 5.0 / DDR5||PCIe 5.0 / DDR5|
|Current Price from Amazon
|USD $371||USD $536||USD $419|
We prepared 3 test rigs with the configuration as per below.
|Processor||Core i9-12900KF||Core i9-13900K||Core i7-14700K|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Pro X||Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Pro X||Gigabyte Z790 Aorus Pro X|
|Ram||32GB Patriot Viper RGB DDR5-7200||32GB Patriot Viper RGB DDR5-7200||32GB Thermaltake Toughram XG DDR5-7200|
|XMP 3.0 Profiles||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|SSD NVMe M.2||Lexar NM800 Gen4 2TB SSD||Lexar NM800 Gen4 2TB SSD||Lexar NM800 Gen4 2TB SSD|
|Graphics Card||Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB||Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB||Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB|
|PSU||Gigabyte UD850GM Gold ATX3.0 PSU||Gigabyte UD850GM Gold ATX3.0 PSU||Gigabyte UD850GM Gold ATX3.0 PSU|
|Cooler||Cooler Master PL240 Flux AIO||Cooler Master PL240 Flux AIO||Thermaltake ToughLiquid 360 AIO|
|Drivers||Latest Software Adrenalin from AMD||Latest Software Adrenalin from AMD||Latest Software Adrenalin from AMD|
|OS||Windows 11||Windows 11||Windows 11|
Installation and BIOS
All BIOS settings were at default, with XMP profiles enabled. Graphics resolution set to 1920×1080 (HD 1080p) or default where eber possible. High or Ultra settings enabled.
Benchmarks (Part 1)
I’ll let the numbers do all the talking … 1st column is Core i9-12900KF, 2nd column is Core i9-13900K, while the 3rd column is the Core i7-14700K
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3DMark Time Spy
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UL Procyon Video Editing Benchmark
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AIDA64 Memory Test
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Cinebench R23 Benchmark
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Verdict and Conclusion
The Intel Core i7-14700K … WINS! And that’s normally how you would say it in Mortal Kombat 😀
Although Intel’s latest 14th Gen processor in all essence, is a “refresh” of the Raptor Lake, it does offer a slight boost in performance thanks to the ability to support higher memory speeds, plus it has a higher core count as well having more threads.
Looking at the benchmarks, the Core i7-14700K suprisingly beats its predecessor the 12th Gen, and in some cases even the 13th Gen. But wait, did I mention that we used the Core i9 series for 12th and 13th Gen during our tests?!
In Cinebench R23, there’s a 7-13% improvement on both single core and multi-core performance over the older 12th Gen Core i9-12900KF, and easily surpasses the Ryzen 9 7900X.
With that said, if you want the latest 14th Gen processor from Intel that offers better performance over its predecessor, then the Core i7-14700K truly offers the best bang for your buck! But I would love to see what the flagship Core i9-14900K can really do!
And one other good news is that, because Intel’s 14th Gen processor uses the same LGA 1700 platform (socket) as it predecessor, it should work on most existing Z790 motherboards with the latest BIOS update.
Like all 12th and 13th Gen processors, the Core i7-14700K does not have AVX-512 instructions. According to Intel, this wasn’t enabled due to the inclusion of two different architectures (E-cores + P-cores). However, I heard that some motherboard manufacturers allow users to enable AVX-512 after disabling the E cores in the BIOS. Interesting.
In the end, no matter which processor you go for, I think all 3 offer great performance, if you own a Z790 motherboard. Just choose one based on your budget and needs. Here’s my quick breakdown below.
|Buy the Intel Core i7-14700K
if you want …
|Buy the Intel Core i9-12900KF
if you want …
|Buy the Intel Core i9-13900K
if you want …
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