Der8auer’s investigation of the Intel 14th Gen Core series provides a clear image of it being an unnecessary upgrade of the existing Raptor Lake CPUs. The update contains only modest modifications, the most notable of which are faster clock speeds for four of the six new parts. Closer inspection revealed no substantial physical changes in the new chips. Roman quickly delid the CPU, as he does with every product introduction.
Der8auer is the CEO of the German firm Thermal Grizzly, which specializes in producing different CPU-related products. These items include delidding tools, contact frames, and a variety of thermal compounds. Given the participation with Thermal Grizzly, Intel’s new series must be compatible with certain products designed. This compatibility check is especially crucial for people who want to use Thermal Grizzly’s specialized equipment and materials in conjunction with Intel’s latest CPU offerings.
Roman created a performance baseline with a stock CPU before beginning the delidding procedure for the new CPU. To do this, he used a Corsair 360mm AIO cooling system with fixed fan speeds, core frequencies, and the identical DDR5-7600 XMP memory profile. The core settings were fixed at a 56 ratio and a 1.39V v-core. Furthermore, he used a power calibration setting of loads level 5, which is slightly overclocked.
According to der8auer, the CPU’s power usage before to delidding peaked at 294 watts. However, after the delidding procedure, which also included the application of liquid metal, a significant reduction in power usage of 10 watts was noticed. This decline can be attributable to much lower temperatures, which surprised Roman because he had expected minor temperature fluctuations. It’s important to remember that the Core i9-14900K is known for its excessive power consumption, which multiple reviewers have emphasized.
The CPU’s temperature dropped from 93.1°C to 83.2°C once the delidding process was completed. When a contact frame was used to ensure better CPU package homogeneity and improved contact with the CPU cooler, the temperature differential became even more noticeable, resulting in an additional temperature decrease of 1.7°C.
It’s important to note that delidding is difficult, especially for modern soldered CPUs. While accessible tools can significantly ease the operation, the danger of voiding the guarantee on a $600 component is high. Users may choose more capable cooling solutions or take a different strategy, such as using their existing coolers with the Ryzen 7 7800X3D CPU, which consumes one-third of the 14900K power when loaded.