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i9 14900K Vs i7 14700KF: Should You Upgrade?

This comparison will detail the gaming performance, temperatures, power consumption, and architecture of the Core i9 14900K against that of the Core i7 14700KF, and the value proposition both chips offer.

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Intel Core i7 14700KF

Rated: 8.5/10

Intel Core i9 14900K

Rated: 7/10


Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Core i7 14700KF✅Better power efficiency
✅Lower Cost
❌Uses an old processing node
❌Slightly lower performance than its competition
Core i9 14900K✅High performance
✅Offers the choice between DDR5 and DDR4 RAM
❌Very old manufacuring process
❌Comparitively very expensive

Key Takeaways

  • Our tests at 1080p revealed the Core i9 14900K to be around 4% faster than the 14700KF in average framerate, which is a rather minute difference between the two.
  • In our gaming tests, we also noticed the Core i9 14900K to be around 17.8% more power-hungry than its little brother.
  • There is a huge price hike of approximately 53%, going from the 14700KF to the 14900K.
  • For most people, the Core i7 14700KF provides performance close enough to the absolute best from Intel while being significantly cheaper.

Specification Table

FeatureCore i7 14700KFCore i9 14900K
SocketLGA 1700LGA 1700
PL1 TDP125125
PL2 TDP253253
TJunction Max100°C100°C
Chip DesignMonolithicMonolithic
ArchitectureRaptor Lake S RefreshRaptor Lake S Refresh
Best CoolerBest CPU Coolers For i9-14900KBest CPU Coolers For i7-14700KF
Best GPUBEST GPU For Core i9-14900K-
Best RAMBest RAM For i9-14900KBest RAM For i7-14700KF

Architectural Differences

  1. Core Count: The Core i7 14700KF has a total of 20 cores, which include 8 performance cores and 12 efficiency cores, which come out to 28 threads. The Core i9 14900K, however, has 24 cores, including 8 performance cores and 16 efficiency cores, adding up to 32 threads.
  2. Clock Speed: The performance cores on the i9 clock from 3.2GHz to 6GHx, whereas the 14700KF’s performance cores go from 3.4GHz all the way to 5.6GHz. The efficiency cores of the i9 have a frequency of around 2.4GHz to 4.4GHz, while the efficiency cores of the i7 have a range of 2.5GHz to 4.3GHz.
  3. L3 Cache: There is a small difference between the cache of these two processors, with the i7 using around 33MB, while the i9 uses closer to 36MB.
  4. Process NodeBoth processors use the same 10nm processing node that Intel has used since the 12th-gen processors.
  5. Other Differences: The F in 14700KF means that this processor does not include integrated graphics, which can be an inconvenience to anyone with a discrete graphics card.

Modern processors have become excessive in their pricing in recent years, which has urged consumers to get the cheapest high-performing processors possible. The Core i9 14900K vs Core i7 14700KF will see if the performance of a midrange chip is good enough for modern gaming or if people should go all out in their purchasing decisions.


Benchmarks – 1080p

Now that we know some grounding details of the Core i9 14900K vs Core i7 14700KF, this part of the comparison will entail our detailed testing of the two chips using the test bench we mentioned below:

Test Bench

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Our testing started with the remarkably demanding title of Cyberpunk 2077. It had an average framerate of 174 FPS on the Core i9, whereas the latest and greatest i7 was around 3.6% behind with a performance of 168 FPS
  • 1% lows were also only slightly different between our two chips, with the i9 going down to a framerate of around 137 FPS, while the i7 got down a bit lower to around 131 FPS.

Assassin’s Creed Mirage

 Assassin's Creed Mirage
Assassin’s Creed Mirage @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The advantage of the i9 went down to around 3% in our test of AC Mirage, with an average framerate of around 165 FPS, while the i7 hovered around 162 FPS.
  • The 1% lows held up nicer on the i9, around 102 FPS instead of the 96 FPS of the Core i7.

Starfield

Starfield
Starfield @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The difference between the two chips was slightly under 3% in Starfield, with an average of around 101 FPS for the i7, while the i9 had an average of closer to 104 FPS.
  • 1% lows went down to the same number on both processors. They both held their minimums at around 76 FPS.

Remnant II

Remnant ll
Remnant ll @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • Testing Remnant II showed a larger gap in performance between the average framerates of these two chips, with the i7 getting an average framerate of around 145 FPS, while the i9 was around 4% faster with an average framerate of close to 151 FPS.
  • The 1% lows in this game showed us the most noticeable difference we’ve seen yet between these two chips, with the i7 going down to around 104 FPS while the i9 was significantly smoother, with lows of around 129 FPS.

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

 Mount & Blade ll Bannerlord
Mount & Blade ll Bannerlord @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • This game ran at a very high framerate on both of our processors, with the i7 averaging a framerate of around 294 FPS, while the i9 had lows closer to a round of 300 FPS.
  • The 1% lows shot down to around 182 FPS on the midrange processor, while the high-end one had minimums closer to 190 FPS.

A Plague Tale Requiem

 A Plague Tale Requiem
A Plague Tale Requiem @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • The close battle continued in A Plague Tale Requiem, with the i9 getting an average framerate of around 152 FPS, around 2.7% higher than the 148 FPS average of the Core i7.
  • The 1% lows switched the behavior we’ve seen so far from these processors, with the i7 getting 105 FPS at its low points while the i9 got a minimum of around 101 FPS.

F1 23

F1 23
F1 23 @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • There was a 3.7% advantage for the Core i9 in our test of F1 23, with an average framerate of around 223 FPS, while the i7 had an average of close to 215 FPS.
  • The 1% lows once again differed substantially between these two processors, with the i7 going down to around 132 FPS, while the i9 had lows closer to 150 FPS.

Call Of Duty Warzone

Call Of Duty Warzone
Call Of Duty Warzone @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  • For the final game of our tests, COD Warzone had an average framerate of 199 FPS on the i9, 11% higher than the average of around 179 FPS on the 14700KF.
  • The lows in this game were around 151 FPS on the 14900K, while the Core i7 hovered around minimum framerates of around 141 FPS.

Overall Gaming Performance

Average FPS
Average FPS @1080p (Image By Tech4Gamers)

The details of the performance of these chips might have relieved a larger trend in the performance of the Core i9 14900K vs Core i7 14700KF. This part of our discussion will take a step back to look at the bigger picture of the performance of these two processors.

Here’s a sneak peak into our performance testing for this comparison:

YouTube video

Average Framerate

The average framerate of the Core i9 hovered around 185 FPS, while the Core i7 14700KF had an average of closer to 178 FPS. This entailed a 4% difference in the average performance of these cards. In general, the difference in performance between these two chips was rather unnoticeable at the high framerates both processors provide.

1% Lows

The 1% lows of these processors had a larger difference of around 7.5%, with the i9 hovering around 128 FPS while the i7 held its own at 119 FPS. The performance of the i7 was not bad, but it was noticeably slower, which can lead to this chip aging considerably quicker.

Overall, the Core i9 14900K wins in performance, but not by much.

Winner: Intel's Core i9 14900K

Editor`s Note
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For some people, the decision between either card could boil down to the inclusion of integrated graphics on the higher-end processor. Though the performance of the iGPU on Intel’s chips is much better than in years past, please remember that they are not good enough to play modern games comfortably!

– Shehryar Khan


Gaming Power Consumption

We now know that the performance of these processors has not changed very drastically, so let us see if this translates to power consumption or if Intel has once again let us down in this regard.

GamesCore i7 14700KF (W)Core i9 14900K (W)
Cyberpunk 2077169206
Assassin's Creed Mirage139163
Starfield178210
Remnant II126156
Mount & Blade II166205
A Plague Tale Requiem144151
F1 23115134
Call Of Duty Warzone144167
Average Power Draw147174
Winner: Intel's Core i7 14700KF

The above table shows the Core i9 14900K to take around 17.8% more power than its slightly less performant brother, which disappoints us once again. Intel has had a history of being very power inefficient for a while, which did not change in the 14th generation of processors.


Temperatures

As with power consumption, temperature issues have also been a problem for some newer processors, which is why we will discuss the thermal performance of these processors in this section.

GamesCore i7 14700KF (°C)Core i9 14900K (°C)
Cyberpunk 20776675
Assassin's Creed Mirage5462
Starfield6469
Remnant II5464
Mount & Blade II6470
A Plague Tale Requiem6761
F1 234855
Call Of Duty Warzone5861
Average Temperature Statistics5964
Winner: Intel's Core i7 14700KF

The above table shows an 8.85% increase in temperatures going to the higher-end chip, which is larger than its increase in power but not concerning in the slightest. Using these processors with any adequate power supply should yield good performance results and take thermal throttling out of the picture.


Price And Value

CPUMSRPCurrent Price
Core i9 14900K💲589💲576
Core i7 14700KF💲384💲393
Price Difference53%58%

The Core i7 14700KF has an MSRP of $384, while the Core i9 14900K comes packing with a very high price tag of around $589. The price of the i9 comes out to be around 53% higher than the i7, which is unjustifiable for most consumers.


What We Recommend

Now that we’ve gathered a few data points on the Core i9 14900K vs Core i7 14700KF, this part of our discussion will involve the user demographic of both processors.

Core i9 14900K: This processor has a high price tag and little improvement, at least for gaming. For most users, we recommend waiting for the Core Ultra processors to come out early next year to be sure you’re getting the performance out there. As for right now, the performance of the lower-tier Intel chips makes the 14900K look like a bad deal.

Core i7 14700KF: For most consumers, the i7 14700KF makes a lot of sense. The omission of integrated graphics makes it cheaper than other offerings while having performance close to the highest tier possible

To conclude, we strongly believe that the lower price of the 14700KF and its similar performance give the i9’s value proposition a run for its money. However, the higher-tier processor can justify itself if you have a workload in which more productivity power would be useful.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are the newest AMD processors better than the newest Intel processors?

The Ryzen 7000 series of processors certainly have their own merits, such as a better value proposition, but the highest-tier Intel processors generally beat them out in overall performance.

Are the Core i9 14900K integrated graphics worth it?

The integrated graphics on the Core i9 14900K can do light gaming, but they are mostly useless for anyone except for people between graphics cards.

Does the 14700KF support DDR5 memory?

all Intel processors have supported DDR4 and DDR5 RAM for a few years, including the Core i7 14700KF.


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