Intel’s new 14th-generation desktop processors are official. Compared to the current 13th-generation Raptor Lake lineup, the new lineup offers a similar design and architecture but with faster clock speeds and a higher core count.
Top of the line is the Core i9-14900K, which is claimed to be the world’s fastest desktop processor capable of clocking 6GHz out of the box. With the additional four efficient cores (E-cores) compared with the prior generation, the Core i7-14700K will also have 25% more cores or a total of 20 cores and 28 threads.
Intel’s Extreme Tuning Utility (XTU) will continue to be supported for fine-tuning like overclocking and undervolting. Additionally, select unlocked Intel 14th-gen desktop processors will be able to be overclocked with AI Assist. Intel’s new desktop processors will also support DDR5 XMP speeds beyond 8,000 mega transfers/second (MT/S).
Both Intel 600 and 700 series chipsets will support the new 14th-gen series, essentially allowing 12th-gen and 13th-gen users to upgrade without buying a new motherboard. To support enhanced features of the new 14th-gen range, board partners are actually launching refreshed motherboards with the existing 700 series chipsets.
Furthermore, the new desktop CPUs support Wi-Fi 6/6E, Bluetooth 5.3, as well as Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 wireless technologies. Additionally, Thunderbolt 4 and Thunderbolt 5 wired connectivity support up to 80Gbps of bandwidth bi-directionally.
It is expected that Intel 14th-generation desktop processors will be available from 17 October at retail outlets and via OEM partner systems.