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Intel relaunches Raptor Lake desktop processors

Intel relaunches Raptor Lake desktop processors

Intel launches the fourteenth generation of desktop processors. These are architecturally no different from the 13th generation, but the manufacturer gives you a slightly higher clock speed and more cores than last year.

Intel launches new desktop processors at CES. The 14th generation Core i desktop chips aren't technically amazing. After all, Intel changes little or nothing behind the scenes. The chips are still built on the Raptor Lake architecture, which in turn is not a major development on Alder Lake at the end of 2021. They also come off the same Intel 7 (10nm) production line. Intel has more modern tools available with Meteor Lake and Intel 4, but at the moment they are reserved exclusively for the Core Ultra laptop chips.

Intel launches six new Core i chipsets and a lightweight dual-core CPU:

CPU Cores (P+E) GHz (Turbo P/E – GHz) Cache (L3-MB) TDP Price ($)
Core i9-14900 24 (8+16) 5.4 / 4.3 36 65 549
Core i7-14700 20 (8+12) 5.3 / 4.2 33 65 384
Core i5-14600 14 (6+8) 5.2/3.9 24 65 255
Core i5-14500 14 (6+8) 5.0/3.7 24 65 232
Core i5-14400 10 (6+4) 4.7/3.5 20 65 221
Core i3-14100 4 (4+0) 4.7 / Not available 12 60 134
Intel 300 processor 2 (2+0) 3.7 (Basic) 6 46 82

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These chips, of course, are not exact copies of their predecessors. Intel is tweaking the lineup at the margins, essentially giving you more compute cores and a higher clock speed than last year. For example, the Intel Core i7-13700 has sixteen cores (eight P cores and the same number of E cores), but with the Intel Core i7-14700 you get twelve E cores (also with eight P cores), good for twenty compute cores In total.

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All chips also have two memory channels and space for sixteen PCIe 5.0 lanes. You also get four PCIe 4.0 lanes. Thunderbolt 5 is also present. Intel claims an improvement in performance over the previous generation, and that's true, but especially because there are now slightly better equipped chipsets under the same name. Most new chips have integrated graphics capabilities, but not yet Meteor Lake's Arc GPUs.

Intel also offers “F” variants of CPUs, without an integrated graphics component, and “T” variants for more compact systems where cooling is difficult.