These days a huge amount of data is coming out about the new Intel Raptor Lake-Refresh, which at first gave the impression of being a little more of the same, something normal for a “rehash”, but… They are surprising. They started with very little optimistic data, and as the date approaches, more leaks are arriving that point to the opposite, a roller coaster of sensations, like the one we have today. And it is that an i7-14700K under overclock has achieved a frequency of 6.3 GHz, without extreme cooling, and also, with a very high RAM speed: DDR5-9200 in G1.
The jump will be greater than expected and it seems that the overclock is back to what it was after two generations where, curiously, for gaming, it was better not to touch the CPU as such and focus everything on improving memory. Intel returns to its rights and in what way…
Intel Core i7-14700K, a new overclock beast
Overclocking has always been an indirect claim. Being able to have the performance of a superior stock CPU with an inferior one, and spending less money on the “play”, always attracts, but as we have said, this was not the case. And it was not because the change in architecture from homogeneous to heterogeneous has posed several challenges in terms of consumption and thermals, where they have had to squeeze to be competitive against the rise of AMD and its Ryzen.
Now, and if nothing fails, which remains to be seen, Intel returns with Raptor Lake-S Refresh and a new FIVR that, according to all the data we are seeing, works.
Something that we left at Broadwell-E and that was criticized first, and then missed, will be here again to give us data like this one today, where an i7-14700K has surprised, and a lot.
The overclocked frequency that this 14700K has reached has been 6.3 GHz, which in theory will be 700 MHz more than its TBMT3, which would be 5.6 GHz. The voltage is 1,384V, which without being extreme, is a bit high, but nothing excessive, which allows it to be kept at stable temperatures without extreme cooling. Without going any further, it is clear that in BIOS it is at 43º C in the middle of summer, so they are really good data.
Intel will destroy AMD in memory frequency
The frequency of the P-Core is impressive, but the memory one plays in another league. With no proven stability at the moment, the screenshot reflects something that right now is only a matter of Core 13 Golden Sample processors: DDR5-9200 on Gear 1! In other words, we have a 1:1 splitter, the most beneficial for processor and system performance, but the least suitable for achieving high RAM speeds.
In addition, it has been achieved without an XMP profile, which always brings more problems as it requires manual configuration to be stable. Ignoring the high voltage of the RAM, which is a separate case and has nothing to do with the processor itself, it seems that Intel is going to take another step forward in this section that detracts from AMD so much.
Nothing was “expected” in terms of performance has just turned around, because these are figures that we have not seen so far in any CPU on the market at common temperatures. Therefore, the overclock of this i7-14700K makes us think that the i9-14900K could reach somewhat higher frequencies and a really interesting performance, which we will see if it is reflected in FPS within the games, something to check for now …