Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a grand showcase where leading tech companies unveil their newest products, setting the stage for the industry’s direction for the year. Often, some next-generation hardware is released before CES, but the majority of products are introduced during the event. For example, tech giant Intel made a splash before CES 2024 by launching its 14th generation Core mobile processors designed for top-tier gamers, as well as the sleek Intel Core U-series processors for ultraportable devices, along with an array of 14th generation desktop processors catering to both performance enthusiasts and those seeking ultra-thin form factors.
Leading the charge is Intel’s 14th generation Core mobile processors. While Intel previously launched its Core Ultra processors aimed at mainstream and slim laptop markets, these processors were somewhat underpowered for high-end gaming laptops with enthusiast-level specifications. In response, Intel plans to release its 14th generation Core mobile processors, targeting the high-performance gaming market. The flagship Intel Core i9-14900HX processor boasts 24 cores and 32 threads, comprising 8 Performance-cores (P-cores) and 16 Efficiency-cores (E-cores). Spec-wise, it’s nearly identical to the desktop Core i9-14900K, with a top frequency reaching 5.8GHz—representing a significant improvement over the previous generation. The Core i7-14700HX steps up with 50% more E-cores, totaling 12, along with 8 P-cores, culminating in a 20-core, 28-thread configuration.
Additionally, the processors support DDR5-5600 memory, with capacity reaching up to 192GB and compatibility with Intel’s XTU and XMP technologies. To enhance the gaming experience, Intel has also brought its APO technology to the mobile platform, effectively harnessing the CPU’s power to significantly improve gaming performance. Intel has announced that eight games currently support APO technology. The HX series processors also support the latest connectivity options, including Thunderbolt 5.0 and WiFi 6E, with independent upgradeability to WiFi 7, bringing mobile connectivity on par with desktop platforms.
Of course, gamers are most interested in performance. For this, Intel provided benchmarks comparing the gaming performance to AMD’s Ryzen 9 7940HX processor. According to Intel’s data, notebooks equipped with the Core i9-14900HX processor show an average performance increase of 8-10% in gaming, with titles like “Total War” achieving up to 37% higher frame rates. Even against the AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX3D processor, which includes 3D V-Cache technology, the Core i9-14900HX leads by about 5% in gaming—a significant edge for gamers seeking peak performance. The Core i9-14900HX processor also shows superior results in productivity tests.
For mainstream consumers who prioritize thin and light laptops, Intel introduced the Core U-series 1 processors. The Core i7-150U, for instance, has a 10-core, 12-thread configuration and supports up to 96GB of DDR5 memory, offering a powerful choice for those seeking portability combined with strong computing capabilities.
For desktop users, Intel had already released its 14th generation desktop processors, with the initial launch focusing on the K-series. During CES 2024, Intel expanded the lineup with 18 diverse processors catering to various uses, from entry-level to enthusiast-grade, packaged with Intel Laminar RH1 and RM1 coolers to meet different needs, from gaming and content creation to office work.
Leveraging the 14th generation Intel Core processors, Intel continues to diversify its offerings across mobile and desktop platforms, satisfying a broad range of consumer needs. With the Core Ultra processors, Intel further expands into the AI PC realm, navigating the PC market with ease and providing users with tailored experiences, all while carving out its place in the AI revolution.