Intel’s 14th Gen Raptor Lake refresh processors are expected to launch in October and so far we’ve only seen performance data for the Core i9-14900K and Core i7-14700K leaked online. This time, though, it’s the mid-range Core i5-14600K, which is the CPU many will be waiting for.
Cinebench is amongst the first benchmarks to be revealed and I’ve overlaid the results from previous reviews below using the benchmarks discovered by Videocardz.
The multi-threaded score of 25,270 is a little over 1,000 points higher than the Core i5-13600K or about four percent. However, it’s worth looking at the likes of the Ryzen 5 5600X and Core i5-12600K, both of which were significantly slower, so the Core i5-14600K could represent a decent upgrade from those older mid-range CPUs.
In the single-threaded test the performance increase was roughly as expected given the only thing to have changed is a slightly higher boost frequency, but it was enough to put the Core i5-14600K in second place behind the Core i9-14900K. This is also encouraging in terms of gaming performance as this test can often be a good indicator of lightly-threaded performance and increases in frame rates in the right circumstances.
Unlike the Core i7-14700K, the Core i5-14600K will not offer a core count boost, but instead, will have a 200MHz higher boost frequency that should increase both single and multi-threaded workloads as shown in the graphs above. Other benefits are that for current owners of 12th Gen Intel processors such as the Core i5-12400 and 12600K, you won’t need to upgrade any other components – just drop the new CPU into your existing system and your CPU cooler will be compatible too.
If you’re upgrading to Intel’s LGA1700 platform, then you’ll only need to buy the CPU and motherboard as plenty support DDR4 memory. The only down side here is that the 14th Gen processors are likely the last to be supported on Intel’s LGA1700 socket. Still, if you only upgrade every 3-5 years, then it’s not a massive issue.