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Core i7 14700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X: We Tested Both

In this comparison, we will detail the power consumption, average temperatures, average framerates, and architecure in detail of the Core i7 14700K and the Ryzen 7 7700X to declare a winner between the two.

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Core i7 14700K

Rated: 7/10

Ryzen 7 7700X

Rated: 8/10


Pros And Cons

FeaturedCore i7 14700KRyzen 7 7700X
Pros ✅ More performance than its competitor
✅A higher thread count
✅ Much lower power consumption than the 14th gen
✅ Lower price
Cons❌ High power consumption
❌Higher price
❌Lower performance than the i7 14700K

Key Takeways
  • During our tests, the Ryzen 7 7700X had 17% lower 1% lows than the Core i7 14700K. The Ryzen had lows of around 154 FPS, while the i7 had lows closer to 180 FPS.
  • The Core i7 had around a 41% higher power consumption than the Ryzen 7 7700X in our testing, with the i7 taking 123 watts, while the Ryzen had a power consumption of 90 watts.
  • The Core i7 14700K has a $80 higher price tag than the Ryzen 7 7700X when writing this article.
  • The closeness in the performance of these chips lead us to believe that spending so much more on the Core i7 is not worth it, and you should instead opt for the Ryzen 7 7700X.
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Comparison Table

FeatureCore i7 14700KRyzen 7 7700X
Launch DateQ3 23Q2 22
Max. Operating Temperature100°C93°C
CPU SocketIntel Socket 1700AM5
Unlocked for OverclockingYesYes
CodenameRaptor Lake-RRaphael
Best MotherboardMotherboards For i7-14700KMotherboard For Ryzen 7 7700X
Best CoolerCPU Cooler For i7-14700KCPU Coolers For Ryzen 7 7700X
Best GPUGPU For Core i7-14700K-

Architectural Differences

  1. Core Count: The i7 14700K has 8 performance and 12 efficiency cores, adding up to 28 threads. In contrast, the Ryzen employs 8 performance cores, which add up to 16 threads.
  2. Frequency: The base frequency range of the i7 14700K is anywhere from 2.5GHz to 5.6GHz, whereas the Ryzen 7 has a range of 4.5GHz to 5.4GHz.
  3. L3 Cache: The cache on the Ryzen 7 7700X is 32MB, whereas the Core i7 14700K adds up to 33MB of shared L3 cache.
  4. Process Node: The Core i7 uses a 10nm manufacturing process, which has been used for a few generations, whereas the Ryzen 7 uses 5nm processing nodes.
  5. Boost Thermal Design Power: The TDP of the Core i7 14700K goes up to 253 watts, while the Ryzen goes up to a much lower 105-watt TDP.
  6. Other Features: The Ryzen 7 7700X has an equivalent for every feature that Intel advertises. This includes Smart Access Memory, XMP, Overclocking, and integrated graphics.

Despite what flashy reviews would say, companies wage their most intense wars in the mid-range section of their product stacks. In this comparison, we will compare two midrange processors, the Core i7 14700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X, to crown one as the king of midrange processors for this generation.


Benchmarks – 1080p

Differences on paper are one thing, but the actual gaming performance of these processors might be different when actually used in a system. To test this, we’ve specified a test bench that only leaves the processors as a bottleneck to stretch each CPU to its limit. The specifications of this system are written below:

Rainbow Six Seige

Rainbow Six Siege
Rainbow Six Siege @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Rainbow Six Seige ran very smoothly on both of our processors. The i7 14700K had an average framerate of 646 FPS, while the Ryzen 7 was around 0.9% slower, with an average framerate of 640 FPS.
  • Our tests also showed that the i7 14700K had lows of around 421 FPS, while the Ryzen 7 was much more stuttery with lows of around 360 FPS.

F1 2023

F1 2023
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  • The Core i7 14700K was slightly ahead of the Ryzen in our test of this game, with an average framerate of around 407 FPS, while the Ryzen came across with an average framerate of 406 FPS.
  • Once again, the 1% lows were majorly lower on our Ryzen processor, hovering around the 240 FPS mark, while the Intel processor only went down to around 276 FPS.

Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Our test of Baldur’s Gate 3 showed us the first large difference between the average framerates of these processors. The Core i9 14700K had a framerate of 106 FPS on average, while the Ryzen 7 7700X performed with an average framerate of 90 FPS. The difference here was around 17% in favor of the Core i9.
  • The 1% lows fell to 67 FPS on the i7 14700K, whereas the Ryzen fell below the playable limit accepted by most gamers, delivering only 55 FPS in the occasional dips in our testing.

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • It’s the first game that ran better on the Ryzen processor. The 7700X had an average framerate of around 173 FPS. The i7, however, could only manage a framerate of 164 FPS on average. The advantage of the Ryzen computes to around 5.5% in this game.
  • The 1% lows flipped the standard, with the i7 14700K going down to a minimum framerate of around 114 FPS, while the Ryzen was a few frames behind, with a minimum of 111 FPS.

Final Fantasy XIV 

Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XIV @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • When we tested Final  Fantasy XIV on our test rig with the i7, the average framerates shot up to 256 FPS. The Ryzen was much further behind in this regard, only showing an average of around 192 FPS. This marked a 33% improvement for the Intel processor.
  • The 1% lows were also very noticeably ahead on the Core i7 14700K, with the processor dipping to around 143 FPS, while the Ryzen got down to around 103 FPS.

Starfield

Starfield Performance
Starfield @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Even though Starfield was co-developed with AMD, the Intel processor performed substantially better. It gave an average framerate of around 126 FPS, while the Ryzen processor had an average framerate of around 100 FPS. This brings the Intel processor in the lead of around 26%.
  • The 1% lows also had quite a difference between the two processors, with our benchmark showing lows of around 62 FPS for the Intel processor, while the 7700X had a framerate of 54 FPS.

Editor`s Note
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The performance of these cards trade blows in terms of average framerates, but the trend in 1% lows has given the i7 the advantage so far. For a lot of people, lows more heavily dictate the smoothness of a game, so keep this in mind while reading our comparisons!

– Shehryar Khan


Overall Gaming Performance

Average FPS
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Average FPS

The i7 14700K averaged a framerate of 273 FPS across the six games we tested, while the Ryzen 7 had an average framerate of 266 FPS. This computes to a total difference of around 2.6%. The framerate of the games we tested was sometimes equivalent on both processors, sometimes better on the Ryzen, and sometimes better on the i7

Here is a glimpse into the gameplay we recorded while testing these CPUs:

YouTube video

1% lows

The 1% lows, however, were quite different on both processors throughout the games we tested. The Ryzen 7 7700X had a low of around 154 FPS in our tests, whereas the i7 had lows closer to 180 FPSThis makes a much larger 17% difference between the two processors. This really affects your gaming performance as the dips in framerate and the rises in frame time go a long way in making your gaming experience feel more stuttery.

Overall, the performance of the Ryzen is definitely lower than that of the Intel processor, but let’s weigh it out with the rest of the metrics to see if the R7 7700X makes up for it.

Winner: Intel's Core i7 14700K

Power Consumption

GameCore i7 14700K(W)Ryzen 7 7700X(W)
Rainbow Six Seige13291
F1 202312491
Baldur's Gate13189
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty13388
Final Fantasy XIV12493
Starfield12190
Average Power Draw127.590
Winner: AMD's Ryzen 7 7700X

The difference between these processors is around 41% in terms of power consumption. This might entail a cumulative difference over the years that can considerably reduce your power bill. In addition, you can get away with using a smaller power supply with the Ryzen, which can reduce your platform cost by quite a bit.


Price And Availability

CPUMSRPCurrent Price
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X💲399💲319
Intel Core i7 14700K💲409💲404
Price Difference102.5%126%

The price difference between the two CPUs is quite large. On the flip side, the Ryzen also has a higher platform cost because of its requirement for a new socket, and DDR5 RAM can add up to more.

Both processors are quite popular among PC builders and casual gamers alike, so you can find both CPUs in most large establishments across the globe.


What We Recommend

Now that we have measured the metrics of the Core i7 14700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X, this part of the comparison will evaluate the target audience for each processor.

Ryzen 7 7700X: The Ryzen 7 7700X is a processor that might seem weaker to most people, but it has its own merits and demerits. For one, it offers a larger upgrade path, as AMD will not ditch the AM5 platform for at least a few generations. It also comes at a lower price tag, and the platform cost of this processor has been discounted enough that it really does not weigh in the decision between these two processors.

Core i7 14700K: For the i7, it is more powerful than the Ryzen, but it also comes at a higher price. For most users, the higher power consumption does not weigh into the purchasing decision.

For most people, we would recommend staying away from the Core i7 14700K because of the much better value proposition of the Ryzen 7 7700X. It is also important to keep in mind the wider CPU market, in which the old 13700K completely negates the existence of the 14700K by offering a lower price for an approximation of the same performance.


Frequently Asked Questions

What platform does the Ryzen 7 7700X?

The Ryzen 7 7700X has the same AM5 platform as the rest of the Ryzen 7000 family.

Does the Core i7 14700K use the same LGA1700 socket as the 12th gen processors?

Yes the Core i7 14700K uses the same LGA1700 socket as 12th and 13th gen Intel processors.

What types of RAM does the Core i7 14700K use?

The i7 14700K supports both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM as the last two generations of Intel processors.


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