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Front view of Intel Core i5 4690K

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Intel Core i5 4690K

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Much higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 2.9 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.72 °C vs 71.35 °C Almost the same
Front view of Intel Core i5 4460S

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Significantly lower typical power consumption 52.81W vs 71.5W More than 25% lower typical power consumption
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 15.66 $/year vs 21.2 $/year More than 25% lower annual home energy cost
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 56.94 $/year vs 77.09 $/year More than 25% lower annual commercial energy cost

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 4690K vs 4460S

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 4690K
5,060,000 MB/s
Core i5 4460S
3,620,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 4690K  vs
4460S 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 2.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
Supplemental SSE3
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 12,800 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 32,768 MB

details

Core i5 4690K  vs
4460S 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L3 cache 6 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.72°C Unknown - 71.35°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Intel® HD Graphics 4000

power consumption

TDP 88W 65W
Annual home energy cost 21.2 $/year 15.66 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.09 $/year 56.94 $/year
Performance per watt 10.77 pt/W 21.76 pt/W
Typical power consumption 71.5W 52.81W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 DMI 2.0
Number of links 0 0
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
Intel Core i5 4690K
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