CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4690K vs 46 among all CPUs

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated, PassMark and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

PassMark (Single Core), Geekbench 3 Single Core and 1 more

Integrated Graphics

Integrated GPU performance for graphics

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

Integrated Graphics (OpenCL)

Integrated GPU performance for parallel computing

CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 4 more

Performance per Watt

How efficiently does the processor use electricity?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

8.7

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 4690K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 4690K  based on its performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i5 4690K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i5 4690K

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 65 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2.1 GHz More than 65% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better performance per watt 10.77 pt/W vs 0.77 pt/W Around 14x better performance per watt
Significantly better PassMark score 7,767 vs 473 Around 16.5x better PassMark score
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 4 vs 1 3 more threads
Front view of AMD Athlon 46

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AMD Athlon 46

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Much lower typical power consumption 20.31W vs 71.5W 3.5x lower typical power consumption
Much lower annual home energy cost 6.02 $/year vs 21.2 $/year 3.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 21.9 $/year vs 77.09 $/year 3.5x lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 4690K vs Athlon 46

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 4690K  vs
Athlon 46 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 2.1 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
3DNow!
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i5 4690K  vs
Athlon 46 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 1
Manufacture process 22 nm 65 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 350 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz N/A

power consumption

TDP 88W 25W
Annual home energy cost 21.2 $/year 6.02 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.09 $/year 21.9 $/year
Performance per watt 10.77 pt/W 0.77 pt/W
Typical power consumption 71.5W 20.31W
Intel Core i5 4690K
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