Intel Core i5-14600K review

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Intel Core i5 14600K review - Introduction

In our review of the Intel Core i5 14600K, which belongs to Intel's 14th Gen Raptor Lake lineup, we dive into its performance metrics and its value as an upgrade option. This processor, when complemented with current top-tier graphics cards, showcases really nice performance levels. It presents itself as a possible choice for those targeting a harmony between gaming prowess and value.

The Intel Core i5 14600K operates at speeds reaching 5.3 GHz, housing 14 distinct processing cores based on a hybrid mix of physical cores: 6 performance cores (P-cores) and 8 efficiency cores (E-cores), altogether supporting up to 20 threads. To ensure peak operation, it requires a motherboard based on the Intel Z790 or Intel Z690 chipset. Although the Core i9-14900K stands as the premier processor in this range, the 14600K is competently efficient. Enabled by Intel's Thermal Velocity Boost technology, this CPU can realize its peak 5.3 GHz capability. Concurrently with the i5-14600K, Intel launched the Core i7-14700K and Core i9-14900K. On the horizon are the KF variants of these processors, which align with their K counterparts but lack an integrated GPU.

The Intel Core i5-14600K is a part of the 'Raptor Lake Refresh CPU lineup. This processor features six high-performance Raptor Cove cores with a base clock of 3.50 GHz, reaching turbo speeds of up to 5.30 GHz— an increase of 200 MHz compared to its predecessor. Additionally, it houses eight energy-efficient Gracemont cores, which can reach speeds of up to 4.2 GHz, marking a 200 MHz increment. Similar to its predecessor, the Core i5-13600K, this CPU comes equipped with a 24 MB L3 cache and operates at a PBP of 125W with a PL2 state of 181W. This SKU's highest boost frequency is 5.3 GHz and it will be available with integrated UHD Graphics 770.


Intel Corei5 13600Ki5 14600Ki7 13700Ki7 14700Ki9 13900Ki9 14900K
Max. clock speed P cores5.1GHz5.3GHz5.4GHz5.6GHz5.8GHz6.0GHz
Max clock speed E cores3.9GHz4.0GHz4.2GHz4.3GHz4.3GHz4.4GHz
GPU/IGPUHD 770UHD 770UHD 770UHD 770UHD 770UHD 770
Base power125W125W125W125W125W125W
Max power181W181W253W253W253W253W


Intel 14th Gen Core Raptor Lake Refresh

Configuration Base ClockP-CoreMax ClockP-CorePBP/MTPMSRP
Core i9-14900K(F)24/32T (8P+16E)3.2 GHz6.0 GHz125W/253W$589
Core i9-14900(F)24/32T (8P+16E)2.0 GHz5.8 GHz125W/253W
Core i7-14700K(F)20/28T (8P+12E)3.4 GHz5.6 GHz125W/253W
Core i7-14700(F)20/28T (8P+12E)2.1 GHz5.4 GHz125W/253W
Core i5-14600K(F)14/20T (6P+8E)3.5 GHz5.3 GHz125W/181W$319
Core i5-1460014/20T (6P+8E)2.7 GHz5.2 GHz125W/181W$294
Core i5-1450014/20T (6P+8E)2.6 GHz5.0 GHz

Core i5-14400(F)10/16T (6P+4E)2.5 GHz4.7 GHz
Core i3-14100(F)4/8T (4P+0E)3.5 GHz4.7 GHz


Raptor Lake processors feature 2MB L2 cache per P-core, while Alder Lake processors have 1.25MB per P-core. The CPUs now have 4MB of L2 cache per E-core cluster, up from 2MB previously. Additionally, the total amount of L3 cache is raised to a maximum of 30MB.  The Z790 high-end platform from Intel features many PCIe Gen4 lanes and USB 3.0 Gen 2x2 20 Gbps ports. In this review we'll address the flagship Core i5 14600K; it has six performance cores (12 threads) and 8 Energy friendly cores (not hyperthreaded) offering you a nice 20 threads. 

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