In anticipation of the official launch of the Raptor Lake Refresh series, various entities, including reviewers, retailers, and overclockers, are conducting rigorous testing on these new CPUs. This is substantiated by the surge in leaked benchmark results. The current focus centers on the Core i5-14600K CPU, which provides insights into its stock and overclocked configurations as well as its potential capabilities.
The upcoming Core i5-14600K, along with its KF variant lacking an integrated GPU, belongs to the 14-core CPU category, featuring 6 P-Cores and 8 E-Cores in its configuration. In contrast to the 14700K, this CPU maintains the same core count as its predecessor but boasts an official maximum out-of-the-box frequency of up to 5.3 GHz.
Recent assessments of the Core i5-14600K were carried out on both the Gigabyte Z790 AORUS Master X motherboard and the ASUS Z790 TUF PLUS series. The ASUS system, equipped with 32GB DDR5-5200 memory, operated at stock configurations, with clock speeds remaining below 5.3 GHz. On the other hand, the AORUS setup, featuring 48GB DDR5-7600 memory, displayed clock speeds ranging from 5.3 to 5.7 GHz, indicating the presence of overclocking.
ECSM conducted benchmark tests on the Intel Core i5-14600K CPU in mid-September using engineering samples. These samples were subjected to testing with Cinebench R23, Cinebench 2024, and CPU-Z suites. Additionally, Benchleaks, a renowned source for tracking processor leaks, recently highlighted a new entry in the Geekbench Browser. As pre-release silicon finds its way into the hands of reviewers, we can anticipate an influx of leaked data, particularly as Intel's embargo is expected to lift on the 14th Gen Core launch date, which is set for October 17.
In terms of performance metrics, at stock configurations, the CPU achieved scores of 2819 in single-core and 16666 in multi-core tests. When overclocked, these numbers saw a slight increase to 2861 in single-core and 17974 in multi-core tests. This results in a modest improvement in single-core performance and an approximately 8% boost in multi-threaded performance.
Considering that similar system configurations were used in tests for the Core i7-14700KF, it is inferred that the Core i7 variant may surpass the Core i5 version by at least 8% and 18% in specific benchmarks, assuming both CPUs are in overclocked modes.
Intel's announcement of the new CPU series is scheduled for October 16th. With testers actively evaluating all six upcoming processors, it is likely that additional leaks related to this lineup may surface. Nevertheless, most of the 14th Gen Core CPUs have already been documented through various Geekbench tests.