The 5 best Intel CPUs for LGA 1700 Socket.

The 5 best Intel CPUs for LGA 1700 Socket.

Intel is undoubtedly a leading manufacturer of high-end CPUs, occupying top positions in the technology industry. Many users prefer Intel for their desktop PCs and laptops. The latest generation of Intel CPUs is the 14th Gen. However, the 14th Gen essentially belongs to the same architectural realm as the previous 13th Gen CPUs. What it offers, in some cases, is a larger number of cores and increased clock speed. This article will guide you on the best Intel CPUs to pair with the LGA 1700 Socket. If you’re not already familiar, LGA 1700 is the socket your motherboard should have to be compatible with an Intel 12th, 13th or 14th generation CPU.

We will primarily focus on the 14th generation processors, also known as Raptor Lake Refresh, as they are currently the newest on the market and offer the best possible performance.

About LGA 1700 Socket – Which motherboards are compatible?

LGA 1700 Socket
Source: Wikipedia

The LGA 1700 socket on motherboards is the latest available for compatibility with Intel’s 12th, 13th, and 14th generation processors. Designed as a replacement for LGA 1200 (known as Socket H5), it features 1700 protruding pins to make contact with the processor pads.

When it comes to compatible motherboards, you’ll find a wide range of options that support both DDR4 RAM and PCIe 4.0, as well as DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0 compatibility.

Let’s quickly look at the list of compatible motherboard chipsets with the LGA 1700 socket, which includes Intel® 700 Series Desktop Chipsets and Intel® 600 Series Desktop Chipsets.

Let’s now take a look at the best Intel processors currently available that can be paired with the LGA 1700 socket, meaning they are compatible with any of the aforementioned motherboard chipsets.

1. Intel Core i9-14900K: The top CPU for the LGA 1700 socket.

The title speaks for itself: the Intel Core i9-14900K is currently the top CPU on the market. It’s regarded as a flagship CPU, offering powerful performance for any task. Whether you prioritize productivity or you’re an enthusiastic high-end user, the Intel Core i9-14900K is undoubtedly the ideal choice for you. However, given its power, I recommend pairing it with a robust motherboard chipset that supports the LGA 1700 socket, ensuring you can maximize the benefits of your CPU.

Features:

The Intel Core i9-14900K is a powerful CPU boasting 24 total cores and 32 threads. Among these cores, 8 belong to the Performance-cores, while 16 belong to the Efficient-cores. The maximum clock frequency of the P-Cores reaches an impressive 6.0GHz, marking a new high, though we anticipate the 14900KS to surpass this. Compatible with LGA 1700 Socket motherboards, it supports DDR5 RAM and PCIe 5.0. However, it can also function with DDR4 RAM and PCIe 4.0 if the chosen motherboard permits.

This processor is known for its high power consumption, possibly the highest observed in a desktop processor, with a maximum TDP of 253W. It features integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 770, capable of reaching a maximum clock frequency of 1.65GHz.

2. Intel Core i7-14700K: The best overall CPU for motherboard compatibility with the LGA 1700 socket.

If we were to select an Intel processor that is superior overall for pairing with the LGA 1700 socket, the i7-14700K would undoubtedly be our choice. Its high performance places it somewhere between a flagship CPU and a mid-range option. Therefore, it will fulfill the requirements of most users effectively. In terms of productivity, gaming, and everyday use, it excels exceptionally well.

Features:

The Intel Core i7-14700K boasts a total of 20 cores and 28 threads. Among these, 8 cores are dedicated to Performance-cores, while the remaining 12 are assigned to Efficient-cores. With a maximum clock speed of 5.6GHz for the P-Cores, it effortlessly handles any task. Compatible with the LGA 1700 Socket, it supports both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM, as well as PCIe 4.0 and 5.0 protocols respectively.

With a maximum TDP of 253W, it is unlocked for overclocking. Additionally, it features built-in Intel® UHD Graphics 770 graphics with a maximum frequency of 1.6GHz.

3. Intel Core i5-14600K: A popular choice for the LGA 1700 socket.

The Intel Core i5-14600K is the most common processor choice for pairing with the LGA 1700 socket. It provides all the necessary features for average users, whether they are gamers or creators, to handle modern computer applications. Positioned squarely in the mid-range category, it is undoubtedly favored by a significant portion of users. Priced at $319.00-$329.00, it can be considered a standard amount for acquiring a CPU.

If you are interested in acquiring a mid-range CPU, you can consult one of my recent articles, “The 5 Best Mid-Range Intel 13th & 14th Gen CPUs.

Features:

The Intel Core i5-14600K boasts 14 cores and 20 threads. Among these cores, 6 are designated as P-Cores, while the remaining 8 are E-Cores. The base clock frequency of the P-Cores is 3.5GHz, with a maximum frequency reaching 5.3GHz. Moreover, the processor is unlocked for further overclocking potential. Its TDP peaks at 181W, significantly lower compared to the two aforementioned processors. It supports both the LGA 1700 motherboard socket and DDR4 RAM, along with DDR5 and PCIe 4.0 & 5, respectively.

Additionally, the Intel Core i5-14600K features Intel® UHD Graphics 770 integrated graphics, boasting a maximum clock speed of 1.55GHz.

4. Intel Core i5-14400: The best alternative for pairing with LGA 1700 motherboards.

If you’re looking to avoid the price range of the Intel Core i5-14600K but still desire a mid-range CPU, then the Intel Core i5-14400 is your best option. You can find it priced between $221.00 and $231.00, significantly lower than the i5-14600K. It’s an excellent CPU for daily tasks and can also provide satisfactory gaming performance.

Features:

The Intel Core i5-14400 features 10 cores and 16 threads, with 6 P-Cores and 4 E-Cores. The P-Cores operate at a base clock speed of 2.5GHz and a maximum of 4.7 GHz, providing satisfactory performance for most tasks that don’t demand high processing power. It is compatible with the LGA 1700 motherboard socket and has a low TDP of just 148W in turbo mode. Additionally, it supports both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM, as well as PCIe 4.0 and 5.0 protocols, always requiring the appropriate motherboard chipset.

Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 730 graphics are included, boasting a maximum clock frequency of 1.55GHz.

5. Intel Core i3-14100: The best budget-friendly CPU for LGA 1700.

For those who don’t require demanding tasks from their computer and seek a CPU for basic use, the Intel Core i3-14100 is an option that will suit them well. Especially if you are on a budget but desire to set up a reliable system, the Intel Core i3-14100 can provide you with exactly what you need. Priced in the $134.00-$144.00 range, it is quite affordable for most users.

Features:

The Intel Core i3-14100 features 4 cores and 8 threads, adopting a classic core/thread layout without the distinction between P-Cores and E-Cores. It boasts the lowest TDP, with only 110W in turbo mode and 60W at base. The CPU operates at a base clock frequency of 3.5GHz and a maximum of 4.7GHz. Compatible with both DDR4 and DDR5 RAM, as well as PCIe 4.0 and 5.0 protocols, it pairs with motherboards sporting the LGA 1700 socket.

Moreover, it includes integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 730 graphics, providing basic application support with a maximum clock frequency of 1.55GHz.

Benchmarks.

After determining the best Intel CPUs for the LGA 1700 socket, it’s crucial to compare them across various areas. Regarding pure CPU performance, I’ve selected Cinebench R23 as the benchmark. Below, you’ll find graphs depicting the CPUs’ single and multi-threaded performance, allowing you to discern the differences and decide whether it’s worthwhile to invest extra money.

i9-14900K, i7-14700K, i5-14600K, i5-14400K & i3-14100 Cinebench R.23 Single-Core.

As you can see, in terms of single-thread performance, we have two notable results. The Intel Core i3-14100 slightly outperforms the i5-14400, thanks to its higher base clock frequency. The second observation is that the Intel Core i7-14700K outperforms the significantly pricier and higher-performing i9-14900K.

i9-14900K, i7-14700K, i5-14600K, i5-14400K & i3-14100 Cinebench R.23 Single-Core.

In the graph above, depicting the performance of multiple threads of the processors we’ve examined thus far, we can discern the reasons for the variation in their values. Naturally, the Intel Core i9-14900K sits at the top, serving as the optimal choice for productivity and multitasking, while the Core i3-14100, with its limited core count, ranks last. However, if I were to recommend the most value-for-money option, I would unequivocally suggest the i7-14700K, which exhibits minimal performance difference compared to the top performer on the list.

Gaming Performance.

Another area of concern for a wide range of users is the gaming performance of their processor. I conducted tests on the aforementioned CPUs in the gaming arena, pairing them with the RTX 4070 Ti at both 1440p and 4K resolutions. This will provide us with insights into their gaming performance and enable us to draw relevant conclusions. If you’re curious about potential bottlenecks between your CPU and GPU, you can refer to my calculator to find the optimal combination of the two.

i9-14900K, i7-14700K, i5-14600K, i5-14400K & i3-14100 with RTX 4070 Ti Red dead Redemption 1440p & 4K

In Red Dead Redemption, we notice very few and subtle differences, as the game’s performance primarily relies on the graphics card. Therefore, it’s wiser to invest in a better GPU, as it bears the brunt of the workload in gaming, rather than opting for a more expensive processor. This holds particularly true for RDR2, where you’ll achieve similar results.

i9-14900K, i7-14700K, i5-14600K, i5-14400K & i3-14100 with RTX 4070 Ti Hogwarts Legacy in 1440p & 4K

In Hogwarts Legacy, we observe a slight variation, but it’s not as noticeable at 1440p resolutions as it is at higher 4K resolutions. If prioritizing 4K is your goal, you can consider the Intel Core i7-14700K, which closely matches the FPS output of the Intel Core i9-14900K.

i9-14900K, i7-14700K, i5-14600K, i5-14400K & i3-14100 with RTX 4070 Ti COD: Warzone 2 in 1440p & 4K

Significant differences are noticeable in COD: Warzone 2, with clear distinctions in the FPS generated depending on our CPU. However, once again, the GPU takes precedence, so opting for the i5-14600K will provide an extremely satisfactory level of performance, with little noticeable difference from the top-end performance offered by the i9-14900K.

i9-14900K, i7-14700K, i5-14600K, i5-14400K & i3-14100 with RTX 4070 Ti Elden Ring in 1440p & 4K

In Elden Ring, there’s also a slight difference in performance, making the smaller Core i5-14400 and i5-14100 more value-for-money options, as indicated by the graph above, demonstrating their impressive performance.

i9-14900K, i7-14700K, i5-14600K, i5-14400K & i3-14100 with RTX 4070 Ti Battefield 2042 in 1440p & 4K

In Battlefield 2042, we observe differentiation in both 4K resolutions and 1440p. However, a more satisfactory choice would be the Core i7-14700K, capable of delivering comparable FPS to the top-of-the-line i9-14900K.

Power Consumption.

Another factor we will test with the above CPUs, identified as the best options for the LGA 1700 socket, is power consumption. As we observed in their specifications, the most power-demanding is the Intel Core i9-14900K, while the i3-14100 has the lowest power requirement. However, it’s intriguing to see how these consumptions are reflected in numbers.

Both the Core i9-14900K and Core i7-14700K appear to have high power consumption rates. Positioned in the middle and offering the most value for money in this field is the Core i5-14600K, while the lowest consumption rates are provided by the Core i5-14400 and i3-14100. If I were to choose a CPU based on this picture, I would certainly opt for the i5-14600K as it offers a balance of performance and power consumption.

Final Thoughts.

The best CPUs to pair with the LGA 1700 Socket undoubtedly belong to the latest generation of Intel processors. The 14th generation processors offer higher clock frequencies or, in some cases, an increased number of cores, surpassing their predecessors even slightly. If gaming is your primary focus, the Intel Core i5-14600K is an excellent choice. However, for high-end users, the remarkable performance of the Core i7-14700K and Core i9-14900K will undoubtedly satisfy your needs. Lastly, everyday users performing basic computer functions will find the performance of both the Core i3-14100 and i5-14400 beyond satisfactory.

I recommend conducting your own research to ultimately decide which CPU best suits your needs.

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