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Intel 14th Gen release date speculation

Here's everything we know about the Intel Raptor Lake Refresh, including release date rumors, potential price, alleged CPU specs, and leaked benchmarks.

When is the Intel 14th Gen  release date? Team blue’s newest processors are likely to hit the market soon, and we’re keen to see how the Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs stack up against their 13th Gen and AMD Ryzen counterparts. There hasn’t been much in the way of official information from Intel, but this is everything we know about the Intel 14th Gen.

If Intel gets the price and specs of its 14th Gen gaming CPUs right, it could bolster its majority market share by taking a slice from AMD. Given Intel’s stellar track record, it’s a fair assumption that a few of these processors will be featured on our best gaming CPU list.

Intel 14th Gen release date speculation: an LGA1700 sized processor, the same size used in both Intel Raptor Lake CPUs and 12th Gen Core chips.

When is the Intel 14th Gen release date?

The Intel 14th Gen is rumored to release in October, less than a year after the prior Raptor Lake generation. Details of the Raptor Lake Refresh launch are likely to arrive during an official announcement at Innovation 2023 on September 19 and 20.

Intel hasn’t given us any official details yet, but several sources have given us a solid indication of the release window. Firstly, hardware leaker Enthusiastic Citizen suggests the Intel Core i7 14700K could arrive in October, claiming the “K series [of the Intel 14th Gen] will be in 2023 WW42,” referring to the week beginning October 17. They went onto say that non-K CPU variants will arrive in 2024.

Since that leak, a new line of desktop PCs from Mechenike with 14th Gen processors, also arriving in October, has been spotted online. This seems to further corroborate the rumored October release date.

Intel 14th Gen release date: an Intel Core chip rests in a socket with blue lights surrounding it.

Intel 14th Gen price speculation

The Intel 14th Gen price is likely to be similar to 13th Gen CPUs, meaning Core i5 processors will cost roughly $300, ranging up to $700 or more for high-end chips like the Intel Core i9 14900KS.

According to a post on the PC Games Hardware forum, there’s an Intel CPU price hike incoming which will affect upcoming team blue processors, including the Raptor Lake Refresh. This across-the-board price rise was rumored to be coming to help fund new factories and push through a company restructure.

However, Intel itself quashed this rumor, saying it, “has not sent the letter described to customers or partners and has not initiated a price change to its CPU portfolio at this time.” Until we get other information, we can only assume the Intel 14th Gen range will follow the pricing conventions established by its 13th Gen predecessors.

Intel 14th Gen release date: the Intel Core logo appears next to an upward bar chart against a dark blue background.

Intel 14th Gen specs rumors

Although Intel hasn’t released any official information yet, it’s anticipated that the Intel 14th Gen range will use the new LGA 1851 socket, rather than Raptor Lake’s LGA 1700. This new socket is rumored to include increased core counts for some models, which together translate into improved clock speeds across the board. 

Here are the rumored Intel Raptor Lake Refresh specs:

Model Cores Performance / Efficiency Core Split Threads
i3 14100F 6 6P 12
i3 14300 6 6P 12
i5 14400F 14 8E + 6P 20
i5 14500 14 8E + 6P 20
i5 14600K 16 8E + 8P 24
i7 14700K 20 12E + 8P 28
i9 14900K 24 16E + 8P 32

At the top of the range, an Intel Core i9 14900KS CPU behemoth could be on the way, according to leaked details obtained by YouTuber Moore’s Law Is Dead. This powerhouse processor could reach an unprecedented 6.2GHz clock speed, beating even the leaked i9 14900K clock speed of 6GHz. The i3 14100F rounds out the lower spec chips with up to 4.7GHz, which allegedly outstrips its last gen counterpart by 0.2GHz.

Intel 14th Gen release date: a matrix of blue lights surrounds some high tech computer hardware.

Intel 14th Gen benchmark rumors

For now, there are no official Intel Raptor Lake Refresh benchmark data, but some benchmark leaks have appeared online which point to a small but noticeable performance jump compared to the 13th Gen. Considering the rumored increase to core counts and clock speeds in the 14th Gen range, it’s highly likely we will see improved benchmarking figures to confirm this when Intel releases its official testing.

At the low end of the benchmark leaks are the data released by Igor’s Lab, which saw the flagship i9 14900K getting a mere 1-4% boost compared to the i9 13900K. Other leaked benchmarking is more optimistic, though. An Intel Core i9 14900K specs leak claims up to 15% performance boost across the board, courtesy of Moore’s Law Is Dead. That equates to an around 4-8% single-threaded performance boost and 8-15% for multithreading. Nothing spectacular, but a solid improvement over Raptor Lake CPUs.