If you’re gunning for Intel’s upcoming Meteor Lake CPU, which is sure to be the next budget mid-range gaming king, you might want to first take a look at your current gaming rig. If your CPU is clogging up dust and has been sitting in there for a few years, you might want to upgrade to something new. The power supply is one of the most important components of your PC.
The Intel Core i5 14600K is going to come with a 14-core and 20-thread setup. Users will enjoy a base clock of 3.5 GHz which ramps all the way up to 5.5 GHz. Although the CPU is rated at 125 watts, rumors suggest that the CPU will rake in a total of 180 watts under max load.
Going for a shoddy power supply could be a death sentence for your gaming rig. You might end up frying your motherboard, CPU, or even your GPU. Also, you might just run into some problems in the overclocking department as well. So, without further ado, here are our top PSU picks for the Intel Core i5 14600K.
Best High-End PSU: Seasonic Focus Platinum 750
Seasonic Focus Platinum 750
- Dead-Silent Operation
- Excelled Load Deviation
- Healthy Selection of Cables
- High-End Load Regulation is not that great
- Ripple Suppression could be better
Seasonic has been dominating the PSU market for more than a decade and they’re not willing to give up the top spot any time soon. Their craftsmanship and high-quality PSUs just go to show their dedication.
While this PSU boasts a steep price tag, you get the best of the best–especially considering what you’re paying for it. You get the best load-regulation you can hope for in the market, paired with dead-silent performance.
The best part is that this PSU packs some high-quality Japanese capacitors. Warranty isn’t an issue, considering you won’t be sending this back for the next decade or so.
Best Overall PSU: Be Quiet! Pure Power 11 FM 750W
Be Quiet! Pure Power 11 FM 750W
Item Dimensions LxWxH
13 x 10 x 4 inches
- Excellent ripple suppression
- Noiseless operation
- Excellent Load Regulation
- 80 Plus Gold Rated
- Non-Japanese Capacitors
- 5-Year Warranty
Be Quiet! is known for making some excellent PSUs for the past couple of years. The Pure Power 11 comes with an 80 Plus Gold certification, which means that you get to enjoy an efficiency of 91 percent across all load levels.
And to make matters even better, you get a fully modular power supply, allowing you to swap out cables to your heart’s content, and spruce up cable management. This power supply is practically noiseless and offers some excellent ripple suppression for the price.
You get solid load regulation on a 12V rail. But looking at the PCB, you start to understand why it’s budget-friendly. You get some non-Japanese capacitors. The warranty only extends up to 5 years.
Best SFX PSU for i5 14600K: Seasonic SGX-750
- Excellent SFX PSU
- Packed with features
- Pretty expensive
If you’re looking for a tiny power supply that packs some beefy hardware under the hood and doesn’t take up too much space, the Seasonic SGX-750 is the best power supply for your next 14th-generation SFX build.
It packs some high-quality Japanese capacitors into its tiny frame. You get excellent load regulation across all voltage rails. Ripple suppression is fairly decent, but starts to falter at max load. The FDB fans are nearly dead-silent. The modularity is the icing on the cake, making cable management a breeze inside tight SFX cases.
That pretty much wraps up our top PSU picks for the Intel Core i5 14600K. You could choose to go balls to the walls with your OC and squeeze some extra performance out of this processor, or just go budget-friendly and get some midrange gaming in.