Intel will launch its refreshed Raptor Lake CPU lineup next week, and according to the newest benchmarks, it could be sitting pretty at the top of the performance podium once the dust settles. We’ve already seen several leaks that have led us to expect lackluster gains for its 14th Generation CPUs over the 13th generation, and that still might be the case across a broad spectrum of tests. However, we now have some new numbers for Geekbench with the flagship Core i9-14900KF, and it’s the fastest consumer CPU yet in single and multi-core tests.
The newest benchmark results come from a reliable hardware leaker—OneRaichu on Twitter—who has unfortunately locked down their account, but Wccftech grabbed the results. It shows a Core i9-14900KF running on a proper test bench, featuring an ASRock Z790 Taichi motherboard and 32GB of fast DDR5-7000 memory. The previous Geekbench numbers revealed for this CPU were run on a peculiar system, with a “balanced” power plan and DDR5-4800, which likely neutered its performance somewhat. That dichotomy is apparent in the new numbers, which are the fastest we’ve seen for a mainstream CPU.
The 14900K’s maximum boost clock of 6GHz is paying dividends in early benchmarks.
In Geekbench 6, the 14900K’s single-core score of 3,347 compares with 3,121 from the previous leak, showing how memory speed can impact performance. More importantly, that’s 13% faster than the 13900K and 15% faster than AMD’s flagship Ryzen 9 7950X CPU. In multi-core performance, the chip’s score of 23,051 is 15% higher than the 13900K’s and 20% faster than the Ryzen CPU, so it’s a significant delta.
In Geekbench 5, the results were similar and indicate Intel is in a good position with its 14th Gen CPUs, or at least the flagship seems to be performing well in early tests. Its advantage this time seems to be primarily due to the 14900K’s boost clock of 6GHz, which is 200Mhz higher than the previous chip and was only available in the KS version of the CPU. This leaves open the possibility of a 14900KS to move the goalposts even further, assuming it doesn’t catch on fire at 6.2GHz, of course.
Intel is expected to officially reveal the 14th generation Raptor Lake CPUs next week at its Innovation event, which begins Tuesday morning. The event will unleash a firehose of new information from the company, as it’s also expected to finally pull the wraps off its all-new Meteor Lake architecture.