Intel’s highly anticipated flagship processor, the Core i9-14900KF from the upcoming Raptor Lake Refresh lineup, has been put through its paces in an early PassMark benchmark test. The results, however, are far from what enthusiasts were hoping for.
The single-core performance of the i9-14900KF is a shining beacon, outclassing both its predecessor, the i9-13900K, and the Ryzen 9 7950X with an impressive score of 4939 points. This achievement translates to a 5.5% lead over the 13900K and a remarkable 12.6% speed advantage over the 7950X. Surpassing even the older Core i9-12900K by a significant 15%, the i9-14900KF showcases its prowess in this domain.
However, the triumphs seem to end there. In multi-threaded tests, the 14900KF takes a backseat, falling behind both the i9-13900K and the Ryzen 9 7950X. Against the 13900K, the 14900KF offers a nearly even match, trailing by only 0.6%.
Yet, when pitted against the formidable Ryzen 9 7950X, the 14900KF lags behind by a substantial 6.7%. The most glaring victory for the 14900KF is against its aging predecessor, the 12900K, which it outpaces by an astonishing 30%.
This unexpected dip in multi-threaded performance raises eyebrows, especially considering the 14900KF’s commendable showings in other benchmarks like Geekbench 6. In those assessments, the 14900KF demonstrated an 8% to 17.2% lead over its predecessors and even the 7950X3D in both single and multi-core runs.
It’s crucial to note, however, that PassMark’s reputation for pinpoint accuracy in CPU benchmarking is not as illustrious, and the 14900KF’s listing comes with a cautionary “High” margin of error rating. Therefore, seasoned enthusiasts are advised to approach these initial benchmark results with a dose of skepticism.
The Core i9-14900KF is set to be a pivotal component of Intel’s forthcoming Raptor Lake Refresh CPU lineup, anticipated to launch on October 17th. As the name implies, these processors represent a refinement of Intel’s 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPU architecture, boasting slightly elevated core clocks and an augmented number of E-cores in select i7 models. However, potential buyers should be prepared for a 15% premium in prices compared to their Raptor Lake predecessors.
All eyes are now on the impending release and subsequent comprehensive reviews of the Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs. With hopes held high for performance figures aligning more closely with the promising results from Geekbench 6, early PassMark tests may prove to be a mere hiccup in the broader narrative surrounding Intel’s latest offering.