At this time, we’re taking a extra in-depth have a look at a clock-for-clock (IPC) take a look at of Intel LGA 1700 processors. This implies we’re evaluating the 12th-gen, 13th-gen, and the “new” 14th-gen CPU fashions we lately reviewed. Our goal is to supply perception into the architectural enhancements – or the shortage thereof – that Intel has launched with every new CPU technology.
Immediately, we will comment how uncommon it’s that we have three generations or collection of Intel’s CPUs on the identical platform. Traditionally, Intel has usually supported solely two collection, which was a staple of their tick-tock technique.
And whereas Intel has a powerful observe document of making CPUs that supply wonderful gaming efficiency, in addition they have a foul observe document for longer-term platform assist. By this, we imply builders and avid gamers have grow to be accustomed to upgrading their completely good motherboard each time they need higher CPU efficiency.
For a few years, Intel’s technique went unchallenged, primarily as a result of they confronted no important competitors. For nearly a decade earlier than the discharge of Ryzen, AMD struggled. And even after Ryzen’s introduction, it took a number of iterations for it to achieve strong footing.
However now the panorama is drastically totally different. Intel’s been getting battered within the retail market, and even with the introduction of the 14th-gen Raptor Lake-refresh CPUs, Intel’s challenges appear to be mounting.
There are numerous causes for this shift. One main issue, past the spectacular price-to-performance ratio of many Ryzen processors, is platform assist. AM4’s success is tough to disclaim. Even when AMD tried their finest to mess it up by axing assist prematurely, the fanatic neighborhood saved AMD from AMD’ing themselves, and within the course of helped create what is among the finest CPU platforms in historical past.
Recognizing the development, AMD rapidly introduced complete platform assist for AM5. But, they’ve hinted at the opportunity of transitioning from the platform ahead of they did with AM4. It stays to be seen if AM5 will replicate AM4’s success. However one factor is clear: it has a brighter future than Intel’s LGA 1700 platform, which is now successfully useless, regardless of the current launch of the “new” 14th-gen fashions.
In some ways you might argue that LGA 1700’s excessive level was the preliminary launch of the Twelfth-gen Alder Lake structure in January 2022. The Thirteenth-gen Raptor Lake replace did deliver some enhancements like elevated L2 and L3 cache capacities and heightened clock speeds. Nevertheless, these weren’t important sufficient to entice Twelfth-gen homeowners.
In sensible phrases, Twelfth-gen elements may very well be overclocked to reflect the frequencies of Thirteenth-gen fashions, additional blurring the excellence between the 2. Given this, we selected to take away the clock pace variable to match the Twelfth, Thirteenth, and 14th-gen Ok-SKU elements at similar frequencies.
For our exams, the E-cores have been disabled, the ring bus locked at 3GHz, and all CPUs have been evaluated utilizing DDR5-7200 reminiscence and the GeForce RTX 4090. Let’s delve into the comparisons…
First up we’ve got the Cinebench multi-core benchmark and right here we discover only a 3% enhance from the 12900K to the 14900K when evaluating clock-for-clock efficiency. The margin is barely smaller for the Core i7’s, only a 2% enhance from the Twelfth to 14th-gen mannequin after which a 1% enhance for the 14600K over the 12600K.
The only core positive aspects are, properly, zero. There’s nothing to speak about right here, the cache advantages of the Raptor Lake structure aren’t notably helpful right here, so we’re wanting on the similar efficiency from the Core i5’s to the Core i9’s and the technology would not matter.
As we noticed with the Cinebench multi-core take a look at, utilizing Blender reveals virtually no distinction in efficiency between the Core i7-12700K and Core i9-14900K, as each CPUs pack 8 P-cores, we’re taking a look at a mere 2% distinction.
Now, relating to gaming we’re taking a look at comparable efficiency tendencies to what was seen in Blender and the Cinebench multi-core take a look at. When working on the similar clock speeds the 14900K is simply 3% quicker than the 12700K in Cyberpunk at 1080p with an RTX 4090.
Out of curiosity, we recorded the typical complete system energy consumption throughout our benchmark move and are reporting the three run common information right here. For this testing voltages weren’t managed, although all CPUs have been examined on the identical motherboard with the identical BIOS revision.
It is fairly clear primarily based on this and previous information that Raptor Lake is extra energy environment friendly than Alder Lake, although general energy utilization continues to be very poor.
Subsequent up we’ve got Starfield and right here we’re seeing only a 5% enhance from the Core i5-13600K to the Core i9-14900K and which means the 14900K was simply 3% quicker than the 12900K. We’re additionally seeing only a 3% uplift from the 12700K to the 14700K, although we did see a extra substantial 6% enhance from the 12600K to the 14600K.
The facility consumption figures are just like what we noticed in Cyberpunk, the 14th-gen is usually a bit higher than Thirteenth-gen, both although silicon high quality or BIOS optimizations for 14th-gen, we’ve not seemed too carefully at that but. Each are an enchancment over Twelfth-gen although.
Then we’ve got Baldur’s Gate 3 and right here the 14900K was 6% quicker than the 12900K and a pair of% quicker than the 13900K. Now the 14900K and 13900K are the identical product, but the 14th-gen model was persistently quicker on this take a look at, so there’s some form of optimization going down on the BIOS stage which would require additional investigation. Nonetheless the positive aspects for the 14th-gen elements over the older Twelfth-gen fashions is not precisely important.
Here is the Baldur’s Gate 3 complete system energy consumption figures and once more they’re fairly just like what we noticed in Starfield and Cyberpunk, suggesting that some voltage optimization work has been carried out with every technology.
What We Discovered
So there you may have it, not a lot progress from Intel over the previous 2 years, despite the fact that they’ve launched three new CPU generations. This is not essentially a major challenge for Intel as they continue to be aggressive when it comes to efficiency. In truth, they usually surpass AMD, although with the trade-off of a lot larger energy consumption.
A extra urgent concern for Intel is likely to be their inconsistent platform dedication. This inconsistency has possible been detrimental for some time, resulting in missed gross sales alternatives. For example, in the event you invested in a Twelfth-gen element just like the Core i7-12700K, your improve path appears restricted. The 14900K provides solely a slight efficiency increase, presenting a minimal improve relative to the substantial monetary funding.
Within the best-case situation, Intel’s fifteenth technology would possibly present a noteworthy efficiency enchancment, prompting an improve, however this could require a brand new motherboard. High quality Intel Z790 boards begin at $200, so if repurposing or promoting the system is not viable, upgrading turns into a pricey proposition.
This is not a perfect scenario for Intel’s prospects. Whereas some would possibly argue that not everybody upgrades with each new technology, that misses the broader challenge. No fanatic or buyer must be defending Intel’s poor platform assist, you are simply taking pictures your self within the foot and making the PC platform worse for everybody else within the course of. That is with out query the worst side of the PC fanatic crowd and we see this illogical company simping for not only for Intel but in addition with AMD and Nvidia.
It is price noting that those that put money into premium merchandise, just like the Core i9, are extra inclined to improve regularly, given there is a significant efficiency profit. Not from 13900K to 14900K, however leaping from a 10900K or 11900K to 13900K is a believable transfer, even when it calls for a motherboard change.
It is so much like RTX 4090 patrons, a lot of them will purchase the RTX 5090 when it comes out. However those that bought the RTX 4070 or a extra inexpensive different will usually wait a number of generations earlier than upgrading.
And that is precisely who’s affected by restricted platform assist: mid-range to entry-level customers – funds customers if you’ll. There is no motive why Intel could not have skipped LGA 1200 for 1700, releasing tenth and Eleventh-gen on the bigger socket. Think about if those that bought a Core i5-10600K again in 2020 have been afforded the power to improve to a 13600K at the moment, with out having to purchase a brand new motherboard, and primarily based on our day-one overview information for the 13600K utilizing DDR4, it supplied 50% extra gaming efficiency when principally CPU restricted, or virtually 170% extra processing energy for core-heavy functions.
That is an enormous efficiency uplift and had Intel been in a position to supply it whereas sustaining platform compatibility, it might have enormously benefited each themselves and their prospects.
Due to this fact, it is our opinion that Intel must assist their subsequent platform for not less than 4 generations, and by generations we imply actual generations, no straight refreshes. Ideally, in addition they must make a superb step ahead from Raptor Lake to justify the socket change and any related compatibility points.
On the entire, LGA 1700 presents a blended bag from Intel. Whereas it addresses sure challenges the corporate confronted, it overlooks others and even introduces new points. For example, introducing E-Cores improved subpar productiveness efficiency from earlier generations, however they’ve continued to disregard stuff like poor platform assist whereas creating new issues equivalent to excessive energy utilization.
Whereas AMD’s AM5 platform is not excellent, its true potential stays to be seen. It’d take a number of extra years to find out whether or not or not it is one other success.