Should You Buy Intel Core i7-14700K? (October 2023)

Intel has launched the 14th-gen processor, which is Meteor Lake refresh. Similar to the previous 13th gen, it will feature support for both DDR4 and DDR5 memory and will be supported on 600&700 series Intel motherboards.

The i5-14700K includes a total of 20 cores (six P-cores and eight E-cores) and 28 threads. It has a base clock of 3.5GHz on the P-core side and up to a 5.3GHz boost. 14600K is a solid mid-range processor for gaming and productivity.

It is priced the same as the i7-13700K, and as of now, the price difference between the two processors is barely INR 2000. If you are building a new PC or upgrading, this will give you a clear idea of whether you should buy the i7-14700K.

Intel i7-14700K Productivity Performance

Being a refresh, the i7-14700K doesn’t provide much benefit over its previous generation, the 13700K. Out of all new processors in the 14th-gen, 14700K is the only one that gives more than 5% improvement over the previous generation.

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Here are the performance highlights of the i7-14700K compared to the previous generation and its closest AMD competition:

  • i7-14700K is 19% faster compared to the 13700K in a Cinebench test. Compared to the similarly priced AMD Ryzen 7 7700X, the i7-14700K is 24% faster.
  • In the Cinebench multi-core and single-core test with E-cores disabled, there are no significant gains in performance compared to the 13700K.
  • On average, i7-14700K gets no significant improvement over 13700K. Compared to the Ryzen 7 7900X, it is just 10% faster, although it also consumes significantly more power.

Intel i7-14700K Gaming Performance

There is no significant improvement in gaming performance compared to the 13th-gen counterpart. Even though it gains a few frames more, it is mostly due to the extra power pumped into it.

Intel i7-14700K compared to Ryzen 7 7800X3D and 13700K
  • On average, the i7-14600K is just 3% faster than the i7-13700K.
  • 14700K is 10% faster than the similarly priced Ryzen 7900X but at the cost of much higher power consumption.

The i7-14700K Power Consumption

The power consumption is problematic in 14700K as its total system power draw (with RTX 4090) is more than 500W for gaming. In productivity workloads, AMD is much better in terms of efficiency.

Even though the i7-14700K will not thermal throttle with good cooling, the power it draws is insane. Also, compared to 14600K, you would need much better cooling. For example, in an all-core workload, 14700K consumes 107% more power compared to Ryzen 7950X3D while being 7% slower!

If you are using this processor for productivity, you might wanna look at other options, as you will most probably use your PC for longer durations. The power cost can add up significantly over time with so much difference in power consumption.

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Should You Buy i7-14700K?

The simple answer is NO.

There is absolutely no reason to buy 14700K. There are plenty of better options for a processor at this price range. You could simply just buy an i7-13700K and save some money or choose a better alternative at this price, depending on your workload.

Better alternatives at this price range are:

  • AMD Ryzen 7 7900X (Sensible option for gaming and productivity, more power efficient)
  • AMD Ryzen 7 7800X3D (The best option for gaming, efficient)

If you are upgrading from the 12th gen on the same platform, the 14th gen can make sense only if it is available at the same price as the i7-13700K.

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