Intel Core i7 14700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X – second tier tussle

A tier 2 tussle, but which comes out on top?

Intel Core i7-7700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X.

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With so many CPU options to choose from, it becomes difficult to opt for one processor. That is why we have compiled all the important information about the two competitive CPUs, with Intel’s initial offerings from its newest range now here. We look at the Intel Core i7 14700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X. In this article, we’ll be discussing how these two differ to help you choose the best option for yourself.

Intel’s processors are usually a good choice for gamers and those needing productivity power too. And considering the Intel legacy, any new development gets instant attraction. The Intel Core i7 14700K is part of Intel’s new 14th gen lineup. The news around Intel Core i7 14700K sound enticing, and if you’re looking to pick up the new CPU keep an eye on our where to buy Intel 14th gen page.

Both Ryzen 7 7700X and the Intel Core i7 14700K should offer ample power for gaming, but how do you decide which is the best for you? To make this decision easier, we have compared these two based on specifications, performance indicators, and price.

Intel Core i7 14700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X specs

The specifications below will give you an inside picture of each processor and help you understand where the main comparisons are for these two midrange competitors. Below the table we’ll dive into the differentiators for the Intel Core i7 14700K and AMD Ryzen 7700X:

SpecificationsIntel Core i7 14700KAMD Ryzen 7 7700X
ArchitectureRaptor Lake RefreshRaphael
Core208
Threads2416
TDP125 Watts105 Watts
Base Clock Speed3.4 GHz4.5 GHz
Boost Clock Speed5.3 GHz5.4 GHz
L2Ccache28 MB8 MB
L3 Cache33 MB32 MB
Memory SupportDDR4 / DDR5DDR5
MSRP$419$399
Core i7 14700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X specs

The new 14700K is clearly the power puncher here, based on cores and threads, but it does have a higher base and boost clock speed for a theoretical raw power advantage. It also offers a lower TDP, meaning a lower power profile. Cache is similar too, as the 7700X cannot claim the infinity cache of CPUs like the 7950X3D, handy in its own battle with the 14900K.

When it comes to cores and threads, the 14700K’s 20-core and 24-thread structure is certainly more handy than the the 7700X’s 8 cores and 16 threads. It’s not an area where the AMD Ryzen 7 CPU can compete, and – of course – Intel’s 14th gen will support both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM.

So, if you’re running an older-gen LGA 1700 socket CPU on a Z690 or Z790 motherboard, it makes it easier to opt for the Raptor Lake Refresh…unless you want the promise of ongoing platform support with AM5. Of course, a new AM5 build would potentially mean you need new desktop components – a desktop build rather than an upgrade.

Intel Core i7 14700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X – Performance indicators

Of course, performance is an important metric to be considered when you are planning to invest in a new processor. Comparing the Intel Core i7 14700K and AMD Ryzen 7 7700X, the former clearly offers better multi-threaded performance, whereas the latter should do better in single-threaded tasks. That said, the 14700K has moved the needle a little since the 13700K. And when we compared the with the 7700X. the 13th gen chip was the winner – so the gap is likely to be wider.

Intel Core i7 14700K vs Ryzen 7 7700X – Price

On the price front, the AMD Ryzen 7 7700X pricing range starts from $319, well below its MSRP of USD $399. On the other hand, the Intel Core i7 14700K has arrived at USD $419. What’s becoming clear here for new build options is that you can pay more for extra power on a platform (Raptor Lake) that will get no new CPUs. Or you can save a substantial amount and opt for a less powerful option that has a platform (AM5) AMD has committed to supporting until 2026.

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Both Intel Core i7 14700K and AMD Ryzen 7 7700 are good options for gamers and those needing productivity capabilities. However, the best multitasker, and gaming processor here will be the the Core i7 14700K. While AMD’s cheaper and less power-hungry processor is a fine choice for forward-facing builds, the 14th gen is designed to push Raptor Lake that bit further. It has done, and for pure performance (if not forward build-friendly reasons) the i7 14700K takes the win.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.