Are you looking to upgrade to Intel 14th Gen? If so, this is the guide for you! We’ve put together everything you need to know about this generation of desktop processors, including each of the CPUs and all the hardware you need to upgrade.  

We’re in for the long haul so grab some snacks and a cosy blanket.  

Intel 14th Gen 

Intel 14th Gen has been engineered with gamers in mind. Built with the hybrid architecture first introduced with their 12th Gen CPUs, these processors pack in even more intelligent P- and E-cores to power your multitasking and AAA gaming. The P-cores are primed for next-level gaming, delivering the power you need to enjoy immersive gameplay in all your favourite titles. Whereas the E-cores take charge of multitasking. Working alongside Intel Thread Director, the E-cores keep background tasks working efficiently, ensuring they don’t interrupt your gameplay. 

Intel 14th Gen tiers

Intel 14th Generation processors support the LGA 1700 socket and are compatible with both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM. Plus, thanks to PCIe 5.0, you can enjoy ultra-fast connectivity with all your high-end hardware, including the NVIDIA RTX 40 Series.  

Take a look at our blog post for more detail about Intel 14th Gen.  

Intel 14th Gen Processors: Game Without Compromise 

The CPUs 

There are the standard i5, i7, and i9 models in the 14th Gen. You can find both ‘K’ and ‘KF’ models. The ‘K’ models can be overclocked and ‘KF’ models don’t feature any integrated graphics. 

We’ve listed all the CPUs in the 14th Gen below. Plus, there’s a handy table detailing their key differences.  

  • i9-14900K/KF 
  • i7-14700K/KF 
  • i5-14600K/KF 
Cores14 total
(6P and 12E)
20 total
(8P and 12E)
24 total
(8P and 16E)
Threads20 total
(12P and 8E)
28 total
(16P and 12E)
32 total
(16P and 16E)
Boost Speed5.3GHZ5.6GHZ6.0GHz

i9 14900K/KF  

The i9 149000K is the flagship model in the 14th Gen line-up. This CPU has been crafted to deliver peak performance in gaming, streaming, and content creation thanks to boost speeds of up to 6.0GHz. The combination of 8P and 16E cores along with 32 threads ensures all your heavy-duty workloads are effectively managed for minimal disruption to your gameplay.  

  • 8P and 16E cores
  • 32 threads
  • Boosted clock speeds of 6.0GHz
  • 125W TDP
Intel Core i9 14th Gen CPU box

i7 14700K/KF  

Next up is the i7 14700K. Equipped with 8P and 12E cores along with 28 threads, this CPU effectively handle all your demanding workloads from gaming to content creation. Plus, with a boost clock of up to 5.6GHz, you can enjoy premium performance at blisteringly fast speeds. 

  • 8P and 12E cores
  • 28 threads
  • 5.6GHz boosted clock speeds
  • 125W TDP
Intel Core i7 14th Gen CPU box

i5 14600K/KF 

Lastly, there is the ultimate entry-level CPU, the i5 14600K. Harness 6P and 8E cores along with 20 threads to unlock outstanding performance in all your favourite games. As an added bonus, this CPU boasts a boost speed of up to 5.3GHz for ultra-fast gaming with near-zero latency.  

  • 6P and 8E cores
  • 20 threads
  • Up to 5.3GHz boosted clock speeds
  • 125W TDP
Intel Core i5 14th Gen CPU box

8Pack Talks Intel 14th Gen 

Overclocking legend 8Pack sat down with Briony to talk Intel 14th Gen. Check out the video below to hear his thoughts on this generation of processors.  

What Hardware Do You Need to Upgrade to Intel 14th Gen?  


To fully utilise an Intel 14th Gen desktop CPU, you’ll need a compatible motherboard that features the LGA 1700 socket and either a 600 or 700 series chipset. 

MSI MPG Z790 Carbon DDR5 ATX Motherboard

  • LGA 1700 socket
  • Z790 chipset
  • ATX form factor
  • DDR5 compatible
  • PCIe 5.0

Gigabyte B760 Aorus Elite DDR4 ATX Motherboard

  • LGA 1700 socket
  • B760 chipset
  • ATX form factor
  • DDR4 compatible
  • PCIe 4.0


Keeping temperatures to a minimum is vital thus ensuring you can continue to enjoy peak gaming performance. You’ll need to invest in a compatible LGA 1700 cooler to pair with your Intel 14th Gen CPU.  

Gigabyte AORUS 240mm ARGB AiO CPU Cooler

  • AiO CPU cooler
  • 240mm
  • 2 x 120mm ARGB fans
  • Compatible with LGA 1700 socket

Lian Li Galahad II 360mm AiO CPU Cooler

  • AiO CPU cooler
  • 360mm
  • 3 x 120mm ARGB fans
  • Compatible with LGA 1700 socket


The Intel 14th Gen CPU supports both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM. This means you can utilise whichever standard you want to. However, make sure your motherboard is also compatible with your chosen memory. 

Lexar Hades 16GB DDR4 Dual/Quad Channel RAM Kit

  • 16GB (2x8GB)
  • 3600MHz RAM speed
  • DDR4 standard
  • Dual/Quad channel configuration

Team Group Delta 32GB DDR5 Dual Channel RAM Kit

  • 32GB (2x16GB)
  • 6200MHz RAM speed
  • DDR5 standard
  • Dual-channel configuration

Power Supply 

We recommend you pair your CPU with a power supply that has a high 80 Plus Rating. This ensures you can take advantage of AAA performance and peak efficiency.  

Kolink Regulator 850W Modular Power Supply

  • 850W capacity
  • 80 Plus Gold rating
  • ATX 3.0
  • Fully modular

Seasonic Prime TX-850 Modular Power Supply

  • 850W capacity
  • 80 Plus Titanium rating
  • ATX form factor
  • Fully modular

Graphics Card 

The Intel 14th Gen is compatible with PCIe 5.0, allowing you to harness the latest NVIDIA RTX 40 or AMD Radeon RX 7000 Series graphics cards.

ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super 16GB GDDR6X Graphics Card

Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti SUPER TUF OC White 16GB GDDR6X PCI-Express Graphics Card
  • Ada Lovelace architecture
  • 7680 CUDA cores
  • 2670MHz boosted clock speed
  • 16GB GDDR6X

Sapphire Pure Radeon RX 7700 XT 12GB GDDR6 Graphics Card

  • RDNA 3 architecture
  • 3456 Stream processors
  • 2544MHz boosted clock speed
  • 12GB GDDR6


Take advantage of high-speed PCIe 5.0 SSDs to unlock ultra-fast loading times and transfer rates.  

Crucial T705 1TB PCIe 5.0 M.2 SSD

  • 1TB storage capacity
  • 13600MB/s read speed
  • 10200MB/s write speed
  • PCIe 5.0

Seagate FireCuda 540 2TB PCIe 5.0 M.2 SSD

  • 2TB storage capacity
  • 10000MB/s read speed
  • 10000MB/s write speed
  • PCIe 5.0

Our Top Intel 14th Gen Gaming PCs 

Don’t feel like building your own? You can find plenty of gaming PCs at Overclockers UK that boast an Intel 14th Gen CPU. What’s more, these systems come plug and play ready so you can jump straight into defeating deadly bosses.  

OcUK Gaming Karambit Configurable PC 

  • Configurable gaming PC
  • Adjustable base hardware specification
  • Includes Intel i5 14600KF hyperthreaded CPU and NVIDIA RTX 4060 Ti
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
OcUK Gaming Katana - Intel i7 14700KF, GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Super Gaming PC

OcUK Gaming Katana Configurable PC 

  • Configurable gaming PC
  • Customisable base hardware specification
  • As standard includes an Intel i7 14700KF hyperthreaded CPU and NVIDIA RTX 4070 Ti Super GPU
  • 32GB DDR5 RAM
  • Optional secondary SSD

OcUK Gaming Eagle Configurable PC 

  • Configurable gaming PC
  • Adjustable base hardware specification
  • Includes an Intel i9 14900KF CPU and AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX GPU
  • 32GB DDR5 RAM
  • Option to add extra storage drives

Have You Upgraded?  

Have you upgraded to 14th Gen? Which CPU did you buy? Leave your thoughts in the comments.  

*Prices correct at time of writing and PC specs are subject to change.

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