Intel i9-14900K Slower than AMD’s Ryzen 7 7800X3D in Most Games: Only 1% Faster than the 13900K

Intel’s 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh is out for desktop and DIY users. A rebrand of the 13th Gen Core family, it is based on the same silicon with better-binned dies. Consequently, real-world performance won’t differ much from existing Raptor Lake SKUs. Quasarzone tested the 14th Gen Core i9-14900K and got nearly the same numbers as the 13900K. Compared to the Ryzen 7 7800X3D, we’re looking at a deficit of 4.6%, with the 7800X3D beating the 14900K in all but three titles.

In roughly half of the games, the Ryzen 7 7800X3D maintains a lead of 7% (or 25 FPS) or more over the 14900K. The Core i9-13900K performs within 1% of the 14900K in seven out of ten titles tested.

Considering that the Core i9-14900K retails at the same price as the 13900K, it can be regarded as a minor firmware update with revised specifications and packaging. However, it’s hard to recommend it as a flagship gaming CPU when the Ryzen 7 7800X3D is faster, more efficient, and significantly cheaper.

The Core i9-14900K renders the 13900KS obsolete as it’s technically (more or less) the same chip but at a cheaper price. If that weren’t enough, the real-world gaming performance varies by just 0.2%.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact: areejs12@hardwaretimes.com.
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