CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6600K vs 4590 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

8.4

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i5 4590 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i5 4590  based on its value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Higher turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz vs 3.7 GHz More than 5% higher turbo clock speed
Slightly higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 5% higher clock speed
Significantly better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score 309.14 fps vs 164.04 fps Around 90% better CompuBench 1.5 ocean surface simulation score
Better geekbench 3 single core score 4,407 vs 3,345 More than 30% better geekbench 3 single core score
Better 3DMark06 CPU score 67.7 vs 57.4 Around 20% better 3DMark06 CPU score
Newer Jul, 2015 vs May, 2014 Release date over 1 years later
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Much better performance per dollar 4.33 pt/$ vs 1.37 pt/$ Around 3.2x better performance per dollar
Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Significantly better performance per watt 10.31 pt/W vs 3.13 pt/W More than 3.2x better performance per watt
Higher Maximum operating temperature 72.72 °C vs 64 °C Around 15% higher Maximum operating temperature

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i5 6600K vs 4590

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 6600K
32.43 mHash/s
Core i5 4590
7.1 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i5 6600K
28.74 mPixels/s
Core i5 4590
11.55 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i5 6600K
1.9 fps
Core i5 4590
1.42 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 6600K
14,243
Core i5 4590
10,601

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i5 6600K
6,060 MB/s
Core i5 4590
4,650,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i5 6600K  vs
4590 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz 3.7 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

features

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

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
Channels Dual Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 32,768 MB

details

Core i5 6600K  vs
4590 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 4 4
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 6 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 1.5 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 64°C Unknown - 72.72°C

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz 1,150 MHz

power consumption

TDP 91W 84W
Annual home energy cost 21.92 $/year 20.24 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 79.72 $/year 73.58 $/year
Performance per watt 3.13 pt/W 10.31 pt/W
Typical power consumption 73.94W 68.25W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI 2.0
Number of links 0 0
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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