While the Meteor Lake family was announced on the very first day of the Innovation event, the 14th Gen Desktop reveal was hushed and barely marketed. And for good reason. These are based on the same silicon as their 13th Gen Raptor Lake predecessors. Same cores (Raptor Cove/Gracemont), lithography (Intel 7), and chipset (700). The benchmarks of the Core i9-14900K (retail) have been posted on the Chiphell forums (via HXL), and we’ve compiled and compared them to the 13900K:
In the multi-threaded benchmarks, the Core i9-14900K offers paltry gains of just 2% and 5% in R23 and R24, respectively. Older versions offer larger double-digit gains of 10-12%, but I suspect that’s mainly due to the faster memory. The 14900K was paired with DDR5-7600 CL34 memory while our sample was paired with DDR5-6400 CL37.
The single-core benchmark shows an even smaller deficit. We’re talking about deltas of just 1% to 3% between the 13900K and 14900K. This is understandable and makes sense as the core architectures and cache are unchanged. The core clocks are the only discrepancy.
Intel’s 14th Gen Raptor Lake-S Refresh (only K series chips) is slated to land later this month. Several retailers have already listed the processors, and it looks like the pricing will be the same as existing SKUs.