Intel 14th Gen Core Raptor Lake Refresh Benchmarks: MOAR Power

Intel 14th Gen Core Processors: CPU, System, And Web Application Benchmarks

When configuring our test systems for this article, we first made sure all firmwares were up to date, then we entered each system's respective BIOS / UEFI and set the board to its "Optimized" or "High performance" defaults. We then saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and set the memory frequency to the maximum officially supported speed for the given platform (without overclocking). The SSDs were then formatted, and Windows 11 Pro was installed and fully updated.

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When the Windows installation was complete, we installed all of the drivers necessary for our components, disabled Auto-Updating and Windows Defender, and installed all of our benchmarking software. When that process was done, we performed a disk clean-up, cleared any temp and prefetch data, processed idle tasks, and optimized all of the SSDs using Windows' built-in utility. Finally, we enabled Windows Focus Assist to minimize any potential interruptions and let the systems reach an idle state before invoking any tests.

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SiSoft SANDRA 2021 Benchmarks

We began our testing with the latest version of SiSoftware's SANDRA 2021, the System ANalyzer, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant. We ran four of the built-in sub-system tests that partially comprise the suite with the new Intel 14th Gen Core processors (CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Memory Bandwidth, and Cache and Memory Latency). All of the scores reported below were taken with the CPUs running at their default settings, with 32GB of DDR5 RAM running at an effective 5,600MHz, in dual-channel mode, on the MSI MPG Z790 Carbon Wi-Fi (with BIOS 7D89v18).

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Core i5-14600K CPU
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Core i5-14600K Multimedia
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Core i5-14600K Memory

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Core i5-14600K Cache

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Core i7-14700K CPU
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Core i7-14700K Multimedia
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Core i7-14700K Memory

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Core i7-14700K Cache

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Core i9-14900K CPU
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Core i9-14900K Multimedia
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Core i9-14900K Memory
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Core i9-14900K Cache

SANDRA's CPU Arithmetic test puts the Core i5-14600K just north of 415GOp/s with the flagship Core i9-14900K topping 710GOp/s, and the Core i7-14700K finishing not too far behind at 668GOp/s. The Multimedia test has the Core i5-14600K, Core i7-14700K and Core i9-13900K finishing at 1.59Gpix/s, 2.2Gpix/s, and 2.48Gpix/s, respectively, with the top-end 24-core chip obviously putting up the highest score. Finally, aggregate memory bandwidth with all three of the processors hovers between 68GB/s - 70GB/s with the particular Corsair memory kit we used.

AIDA64 Memory Bandwidth, Memory Latency & Cache Latency

AIDA64's CPU Cache and Memory benchmarks measure memory bandwidth during read, write and copy operations, in addition to memory latency, and cache bandwidth and latency.
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The new 14th Gen Core processors offer roughly similar memory throughput in terms of reads, write, and copy processes, relative to their 13th Gen counterparts. There are no major differences in the memory subsystem, so any deltas here are really just noise and fall within the margin of error in this test.
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Although we used the same memory kit and settings with the new 14th Gen Core processors, memory latency was somewhat higher than their 13th Gen counterparts. Less than 8ns separates the first and last place finishers here, though, so we're not talking about massive disparities. 

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Cache latency is somewhat of a mixed bag with these new 14th Gen Core processors. The 13th and 14th Gen Core processors offered similar L1 and L2 cache latency, but L3 cache latency was somewhat higher, especially for the Core i7.

Geekbench v5.4.1 CPU Benchmark With Raptor Lake

In the GeekBench tests, we're stressing only the CPU cores in a system (not the graphics card/GPU), with both single and multi-threaded workloads. The tests are comprised of encryption processing, image compression, HTML5 parsing, physics calculations and other general purpose compute processing workloads.

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The Core i9-14900K led the pack in terms of multi-threaded performance in Geekbench, and trailed only the 13900KS in the single-threaded test. The Core i7 also performed very well, but the Core i5-14600K ended up trailing the 13600K in the multi-threaded test -- its single-threaded score was better, however.

UL PCMark 10 Benchmarks

Next, up we have some full-system testing with PCMark. We're reporting all test results from the PCMark 10 benchmark suite, including the Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation and and total PCMark score. The Essentials test covers workloads like web browsing, video conferencing and app start-up times, while Productivity tests everyday office apps from spreadsheets to word processing. Finally, the Digital Content Creation test evaluates performance of a machine with respect to photo and video editing, as well as rendering and visualization.

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Although nothing could quite catch the Core i9-13900KS, the Core i9-14900K had no problem outgunning the "standard" Core i9-13900K, and the Core i5-14600K also skipped past its previous-gen counterpart.

Browser & Web App Benchmarks: Jetstream 2 And Speedometer 2
Next up, we have some numbers from the Speedometer 2.0 and Jetstream 2 tests available at The Speedometer Benchmark Suite uses a wide array of latency and throughput benchmarks to evaluate web application performance and Jetstream evaluates Javascript and WebAssembly performance; both tests take all of their individual results and tabulate them into a final score.

These benchmarks measure performance of an array of browser-based technologies used on modern, rich web applications. Scores in these benchmark are an indicator of the performance users would see when browsing the web and running advanced web apps. All of the systems were tested using the latest version of Microsoft's Edge browser, with default browser settings, on a clean, fully-updated install of Windows 11.

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All of the 14th Gen Core processors kicked some tail in our browser based tests. Keep in mind, however, changes / updates to the web browser can have a significant impact on these tests. That said, while the 14th Gen Core processors finish at or near the top of the charts, all current-gen processors are plenty fast for browsing and web app use cases.

7-Zip Data Decompression Tests

The 7-Zip benchmark measures compression and decompression performance using the LZMA method, which leverages the Lempel–Ziv–Markov chain algorithm to perform lossless data compression. The benchmark produces a final rating in GIPS (giga instructions per second).

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Even with higher clocks, Intel isn't able to overtake the all "big core" Zen 4-based Ryzen processors according to 7-Zip. The Core i9-14900K did outgun all of the 13th Gen processors (including the KS), the Core i7-14700K hung with the Ryzen 9 7900X, and the Core i5-14600K outperformed the 13600K and Ryzen 7 7800X3D.

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