Intel Core i9-14900KS Review: The Last Core i9 Hits Record 6.2 GHz at Stock Settings

Intel Core i9-14900KS Review: The Last Core i9 Hits Record 6.2 GHz at Stock Settings

Intel’s Core i9-14900KS Special Edition processor has the highest clock rate of any desktop PC processor yet, blasting up to 6.2 GHz on two cores and allowing Intel to claim once again that it has the fastest desktop processor in the world. But at $689, the 14900KS is not only Intel’s fastest mainstream chip, it’s also the priciest. The 14900KS faces off with AMD’s brutally competitive Ryzen 7000X3D processors, which still hold the title of the fastest gaming chips around, albeit with a narrowing margin, as Intel seeks to dethrone AMD’s top processors on our list of the best CPUs for gaming

The 14900KS will be the last Core i9 processor; Intel will shift to a new branding scheme with its next-gen chips. Like Intel’s other previous-gen Special Edition chips, the Core i9-14900KS is forged from the company’s highest-binned silicon to deliver the fastest processing speeds at the lowest possible voltages at any given frequency. This allows it to hit the previously unheard-of 6.2 GHz on two cores right out of the box. However, Intel throws power consumption out the window to hit peak performance; the 14900KS gobbled up to 325W of power in our testing. 

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  Price P-Core Base / Boost Clock (GHz) Cores / Threads (P+E) E-Core Base / Boost Clock (GHz) Cache (L2/L3) TDP / PBP / MTP Memory
Core i9-14900K / KF $689 3.2 / 6.2 24 / 32 (8+16) 2.4 / 4.5 68MB (32+36) 150W / 253W / 320W DDR4-3200 / DDR5-5600
Core i9-14900K / KF $589 (K) – $564 (KF) 3.2 / 6.0 24 / 32 (8+16) 2.4 / 4.4 68MB (32+36) 125W / 253W DDR4-3200 / DDR5-5600

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