Intel Core i9-14900K Review

Installation and test setup …

Before we start, let’s take a look at our Intel Core i9-14900K test system, which consists of the following components:

CPU Intel Core i9-14900K
Motherboard ASRock Z790 Riptide WiFi
RAM 2x 8GB Crucial DDR5-4800 Memory modules
Graphics card ASRock Radeon RX 5700 Challenger D 8G OC Graphics card
CPU Cooler Arctic Liquid Freezer II 420 Rev 4 Water cooler
Arctic Freezer 34 eSports Duo Air cooler
Operating system Windows 11 (Build 22H2)

As we are initially using the first generation of the Arctic Freezer 34 eSports air cooler, we still have to use an LGA1700 cooler mounting kit, as mentioned at the beginning. This is because the holes of the LGA1700 have changed in contrast to the previous LGA1200. Fortunately, many cooler manufacturers have reacted and in some cases even offer corresponding LGA1700 cooler mounting kits for retrofitting free of charge, such as the Arctic Freezer II Intel LGA1700 Upgrade Kit and the Arctic Freezer 34 Intel LGA1700 Cooler Upgrade Kit from Arctic.

Here we see the ASRock Z790 Riptide WiFi motherboard with 2x 8GB Crucial DDR5-4800 RAM and Intel Core i9-14900K CPU.

And this is what the test system looks like with ASRock Z790 Riptide WiFi, Intel Core i9-14900K, Crucial DDR5-4800 and Arctic Freezer 34 eSports Duo, which we used to test whether and how far you could overclock with an air cooler.

But before we get to the Intel Core i9-14900K overclocking, we would like to show you a few Intel Core i9-14900K benchmark results.

Intel Core i9-14900K benchmark results …