Intel’s 14th Generation Core desktop processors are here, and if the company’s CEO is to be believed, they are the most powerful desktop processors ever built at scale for consumers. The 14th Gen processors also retain the same naming convention as previous versions. The top-of-the-line version is the Core i9-14900K, which, out of the box, features 24 cores, 32 threads, and a max turbo frequency of 6 GHZ.
The top-of-the-line model also features 36MB of L3 cache and an on-board Intel UHD Graphics 770. The Core i9-14900KF version is also available without the on-board GPU, but that is unlikely to be a draw for gaming enthusiasts and professionals for a desktop setup.
Significant updates have also been made to the Core i7 models, including the i7-14700K and i7-14700KF, both of which provide 20 cores and 33MB of L3 cache with competitive turbo frequencies. The Core i5 models, comprising the Core i5-14600K and Core i5-14600KF, offer 14 cores and 24MB of L3 cache.
These processors, according to the release, are all set to hit retail outlets and OEM partner systems on October 17, 2023. They will also be backward compatible with the 600 series motherboards that are currently in use, albeit certain models could potentially need BIOS upgrades.
In addition, the latest line of these processors also boasts support for Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 when paired with suitable Z790 motherboards, as well as integrated support for Wi-Fi 6/6E and Bluetooth 5.3. They also guarantee compatibility with DDR4 3200 and DDR5 5600 memory.