China-exclusive: Intel Core i5-14490F “Black Edition” CPU, Raptor Lake Refresh.

Intel Core i5-14490F
The Intel Core i5-14490F “Black Edition” Raptor Lake Refresh CPU has recently been leaked, revealing impressive specifications and performance. This new variant is part of Intel’s 13th Gen Core series and is expected to be exclusive to the Chinese marke.


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The Intel Core i5-14490F, with its distinctive name in the 14th-Gen “Non-K” series, belongs to Intel’s “Black Edition” lineup, succeeding the Core i5-13490F. Historically, the “Black Edition” series introduced CPUs like the Core i7-13790F and Core i5-12490F, catering primarily to the Chinese market and offering a slightly improved performance value. However, it’s uncertain whether this specific variant will see a global launch or remain limited to the APAC region.

Specifications of the Intel Core i5-14490F “Black Edition”

Intel Core i5-14490F

The Core i5-14490F boasts a 10-core configuration, featuring 6 Performance-cores and 4 Efficient-cores, similar to the Core i5-13400F. However, this new variant stands out with higher clock speeds and an increased cache. Clock speeds are reported to be 200 MHz higher, aligning with the i5-13500 levels. The L3 cache has been expanded to 24 MB, a 4 MB increase from the i5-13400F, while the L2 cache remains unchanged at 9.5 MB.

Benchmarked with CPU-Z, the Core i5-14490F demonstrated impressive performance, scoring 779.7 and 6834.5 points in single and multi-core tests, respectively. This indicates approximately 6% and 4.5% higher performance compared to the Core i5-13400F.

Devices featuring the Kirin 9006C, like the Qingyun L420, underwent testing on Geekbench 6, revealing scores of 1,229 and 3,577 for single-core and multi-core performance. These results, while notable, may seem somewhat underwhelming, especially for laptops that typically demand greater computational power.

Notably, Huawei’s Qingyun L540 and Qingyun L420 operate on a unique operating system called ‘UnionTech OS Desktop 20 Pro,’ different from the more common Windows 10 and 11. This choice of OS could potentially influence the performance of the Kirin 9006C, and its comparison to counterparts running on Windows is of interest.

Comparing to its predecessor, the Core i5-12490F, initially criticized for pricing, gained popularity as prices approached those of the Core i5-12400. The market’s response to the new 13th Gen CPUs, including the Intel Core i5-14490F “Black Edition,” will be intriguing, with its enhanced performance being a potential game-changer. Nevertheless, its reception will hinge on factors such as pricing and availability.

Intel 14th Gen Raptor Lake-S Refresh Desktop CPU Specs:

CPU nameCoresThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockL2/L3 CacheTDP (PL1)MSRP
Core i9- 14900ks8+16 (24)32TBD6.2 GHz32 / 36 MB150W$799US?
Core i9-14900k8+16 (24)323.2GHz6.0 GHz32 / 36 MB125W$589 US
Core i9-14900kf8+16 (24)323.2GHz5.8 GHz32 / 36 MB125W$564 US
Core i9-149008+16 (24)322.0 GHz5.8 GHz32 / 36 MB65W$549 US
Core i9- 14900F8+16 (24)322.0 GHz5.5 GHz32 / 36 MB65W$524 US
Core i9- 14900T8+16 (24)321.1 GHz5.6 GHz32 / 36 MB35W$549 US
Core i7- 14700K8+12 (20)283.4 GHz5.6 GHz28 / 33 MB125W$409 US
Core i7- 14700KF8+12 (20)283.4 GHz5.4 GHz28 / 33 MB125W$384 US
Core i7- 147008+12 (20)282.1 GHz5.4 GHz28 / 33 MB65W$384 US
Core i7-14700F8+12 (20)282.1 GHz5.4 GHz28 / 33 MB65W$359 US
Core i7- 14700T8+12 (20)281.3 GHz5.2 GHz28 / 33 MB35W$384 US
Core i5-14600K6+8 (14)203.5 GHz5.3 GHz20 / 24 MB125W$319 US
Core i5-14600KF6+8 (14)203.5 GHz5.3 GHz20 / 24 MB125W$249 US
Core i5-146006+8(14)202.7GHz5.2GHz20 / 24 MB65W$255 US
Core i5-145006+8(14)202.6GHz5.0GHz20 / 24 MB65W$232 US
Core i5-14500T6+8(14)201.7GHz4.8GHz20 / 24 MB35W$232 US
Core i5-144006+8(14)202.5GHz4.7GHz9.5 / 24 MB65W$221 US
Core i5-14400F6+8(14)202.5GHz4.7GHz9.5 / 24 MB65W$196 US
Core i5-14490F6+4(10)162.5GHz5.0GHz9.5 / 24 MB65WTBD
Core i5-144006+4(10)162.5GHz4.7GHz9.5 / 24 MB65W$221 US
Core i5-14400F6+4(10)162.5GHz4.7GHz9.5 / 24 MB65W$221 US
Core i5-14400T6+4(10)161.5GHz4.5GHz9.5 / 24 MB35W$196 US
Core i3-141004+0(4)83.5GHz4.7GHz5.0 / 24 MB60W$134 US
Core i3-14100F4+0(4)83.5GHz4.7GHz5.0 / 24 MB58W$109 US
Core i3-14100T4+0(4)82.7GHz4.4GHz5.0 / 24 MB35W$109 US
intel 3002+0(2)43.9GHzN/A2.5 / 24 MB46W~$79 US
intel 300T2+0(2)43.4GHzN/A2.5 / 24 MB35W~$79 US

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