Intel’s 14th Gen Core i9-14900K may not offer much to most, but it’s certainly a treat for overclockers. At IEM Sydney 2023 (Intel Extreme Masters), Team AU managed to overclock the 14900K way past its stock boost clock of 6GHz. Using liquid nitrogen, the Core i9 was pushed as far as 8GHz (2GHz over stock!). The resulting performance was a sight to behold. Counter-Strike 2 ran at an incredible 1310 FPS on average on this system.
This overclocked Core i9-14900K ran 300 FPS faster than your average 14900K, making it the fastest Counter-Strike 2 gaming PC. Roger Chandler, VP and GM of Intel’s Enthusiast PC and Workstation Division was present on-site, helping with the LN2 dispersal.
The Core i9-14900K runs hot at stock, so I can’t image how it would behave when overclocked to 8GHz. One thing is for certain. This stuff isn’t stable for everyday use and will probably tax your electricity bill and ambient temperatures.
The Core i9-14900K has a single-core boost clock of 6GHz and an all-P-core boost of 5.7-5.8GHz, 200MHz higher than its predecessor. Both CPUs leverage the same die with 8 P-cores and 16 E-cores. The E-cores have a boost clock of 4.4GHz, up from 4.3GHz on the 13900K. If you overclock a 12th, 13th, or 14th Gen K-series CPU, it’s better to focus on the P-cores while not forgetting about BLCK gains.