CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4770K vs 9590


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Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core) and Passmark (Single Core)


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Passmark (Overclocked), Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 1 more


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Intel Core i7 4770K 

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Front view of Intel Core i7 4770K

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 4770K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4770K

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Is hyperthreaded Yes vs No Somewhat common; Maximizes usage of each CPU core
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Newer manufacturing process 22 nms vs 32 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 68.25W vs 178.75W 2.6x lower typical power consumption
Significantly better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score 1.74 vs 1.28 More than 35% better cinebench r11.5 (1-core) score
Significantly better PassMark (Single core) score 2,165 vs 1,737 Around 25% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much more l3 cache per core 2 MB/core vs 1 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Significantly better performance per watt 13.68 pt/W vs 5.29 pt/W More than 2.5x better performance per watt
Significantly better PassMark (Overclocked) score 6,694.4 vs 3,856.2 Around 75% better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year vs 192.72 $/year 2.6x lower annual commercial energy cost
Much lower annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year vs 53 $/year 2.6x lower annual home energy cost
Better geekbench (32-bit) score 14,374 vs 13,086 Around 10% better geekbench (32-bit) score
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AMD FX 9590

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Much more l2 cache 8 MB vs 1 MB 8x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much higher turbo clock speed 5 GHz vs 3.9 GHz Around 30% higher turbo clock speed
Much higher clock speed 4.7 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 35% higher clock speed
More cores 8 vs 4 Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 5.15 GHz vs 4.53 GHz Around 15% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 5.27 GHz vs 4.69 GHz More than 10% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4770K vs FX 9590

GeekBench (32-bit)

Core i7 4770K
FX 9590

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

FX 9590
Futuremark 3DMark has three primary benchmark tests that you can run and which test you should be running depends on the system that you are benchmarking on.
Core i7 4770K | by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2013)


Core i7 4770K
FX 9590
Core i7 4770K FX 9590 @ cpubenchmark.net
If you look closer at the results for Cloud Gate you'll see that AMD won in the graphics tests, but lost in the Physics test, so Futuremark 3DMark must have more weight on the physics test than the GPU test in this test scenario.
Core i7 4770K | by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2013)

Passmark (Single Core)

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Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i7 4770K  vs
FX 9590 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 4.7 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz 5 GHz
Cores Quad core Octa core
Is unlocked Yes Yes
Is hyperthreaded Yes No


Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Supplemental SSE3
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes


Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 350 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type


Core i7 4770K  vs
FX 9590 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 1 MB 8 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1


Overclocked clock speed 4.53 GHz 5.15 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.69 GHz 5.27 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 6,694.4 3,856.2
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.53 GHz 5.15 GHz

power consumption

TDP 84W 220W
Annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year 53 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year 192.72 $/year
Performance per watt 13.68 pt/W 5.29 pt/W
Typical power consumption 68.25W 178.75W
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You forgot that AMD APUs have much better integrated graphics than Intel's, and the consoles run on the integrated APU. See how good the console games are looking, for only the price of 400$ with both he same 100$ Jaguar chip! Just wait till game developers utilize 6 and 8 core CPU, or the A-series APU, then AMD is the ultimate bang-in-the-buck! AMD is not joining the high-end price ship (maybe not the best) and keeps for good value. You could buy a Quad-Core Athlon II X4 760K for only 80$ which blows the 130$ Intel i3 in gaming or everything vs the 80$ Celeron, except you seek for low power consumption, but that's another story.
30 Celsius at high load with the stock cooler on the 4670K? Very clearly faulty temperature monitors, software or something else. The majority of Intel IVB and Haswell chips idle at 35-40 and under full load run at 80-90C with the stock cooler. Don't be so quick to talk about the AMD fan bus when you're very clearly mistaken on multiple fronts.
The chip isn't of lesser quality; AMD has struggled with cache performance due to deeper pipelines (which was an unfortunate consequence of having so many cores without increasing the die size). In many areas it's not as good - power consumption, IPC, cache & memory latency. But in price:performance you cannot beat an AMD chip. The FX 6300 for less than an i3 4130 while being well over 25% better in heavily threaded applications. The FX 8320 for just slightly over the cost of an i3 4130 outperforming an i5 4670K in heavily threaded applications. AMD's business strategies have not been the best, and jumping ship to entirely APUs, while perhaps too early to speak, I think was pretty much the nail in the coffin as it's such a small market, and they've now gone almost two years without any enthusiast chip release (not counting re-binned chips). AMD is in dire straits financially, and I don't see them doing a 180 any time soon. It'll be a shame, since Intel is not consumer-friendly. Also, AMD FX chips generally run cooler than Intel chips at similar clock speeds since Intel uses utter garbage internal thermal compound. Compare an Intel chip @ 5GHz to this FX chip and I guarantee you with identical coolers the Intel chip will be two-figures higher in temperature (in celsius).
I have been rocking the 920 OC to 4.0 for years. Most my benchmarks are right along with the 4770 or better in some. I paired this with a 780ti and 12 gigs of ram OC. And I chew through all new games.
I use a stock cooler for my i5-4670k and that beats this rubbish chip by default.. I only run at 30 Celsius even at high load, buddy you need to get off the AMD fan bus and realize the facts are all pointing towards the truth that AMD isn't the king anymore. You shouldn't need an aftermarket heat sink just to cool your card when it isn't overclocked, that is just utterly ridiculous. The power consumption points to a deeper problem anyways, AMD uses a cheaper manufacturing process and they make their chips more cheap than Intel. Most of the time the AMD can never even reach its full potential because not many programs use 8 cores, and because of that fact the Intel will smoke it in basically any real life situation. Then when you finally do get into a real world situation that uses 8 cores.. You have to remember that those cores are going to be running everything else as well, so where an Intel would take maybe 1 core to run a game or movie.. AMD Is going to require more cores due to the lack of quality behind them. It is sort of like sticking 500HP into a 1990s Sedan.. You never really.. Reach the full power. But stick 500HP into a Mercedes and you'll feel it. Same thing goes with AMD vs Intel.
You have to remember the extra power shows that the chip is of lesser quality and it also puts out more heat. So as you overclock that to compete with the Intel chip you're going to have exponential growth in the power required to simply cool the AMD chip. The Intel chip on the other hand could get up to 4.5 or even 5 and probably only get to around the power that the AMD chip is using at the start of it. AMD Makes cheap cards and clocks them crazy high in an attempt at competing against Intel. That is why they've officially stepped out of the processor wars as of 2012. They admitted publicly that they're not going to compete against Intel anymore. That is from AMD, the company that apparently makes 'good' chips. I'm sorry, but that company basically made false promises and rumors a few years back with the emergence of the FX series and now they've pretty much gone broke.
Erm, you can get a cooler that dissapeats 250w for around 50 bucks, and noone in life should use a stock cooler on an i7 k processor, may asswell get a xeon ot i7 4770 non k
You have to buy a heat sink for the 9590, and a good one because of the 220w tdp, which could run 50-100 extra dollars. Then you pay 3 times more in energy costs on top of that. All that for similar to less performance. No thanks
Actually the newer the manufacturing process, the more transistors there are. An Intel i7 4770k has approximately 1.6 billion transistors while a FX 9590 has at most 1.3 billions transistors. Bigger area doesn't always mean more.
Imagine if the FX serie, were 22nms .....hope next get FX or whatever cpu they will do.. it will go straight 20nms.. I do like Intel over amd cuz of tons of rumos.. but multicore is the future,, and i was always thinking amd with "8 core" will stay alive and rule the word.. but now intel came up with a TRUE 8 CORE for desktops ... u.u
The FX 9590 at 5GHz is faster than the 4770K at 3.9GHz (turbo speeds), unless you're going by single-threaded performance... but if you care about single-threaded performance might as well just get a Pentium for $75. Unless you're really eco-conscious, and props if you are, the power consumption isn't a huge deal. On idle the 9590 uses similar amount to an Intel chip, and under load it uses a good 100-120W more. For most people, annual difference in energy bill will be less than $15 per year. It's also nice that for $300 you can get the FX 9590 with liquid cooling included, and you can get a good 990FX board for cheaper than a good Z87 board. I'd say for most users, the FX 9590 is honestly a good buy. But an even better buy would be an FX 8320 for $150 and overclock it to 4.5GHz for unbeatable price:performance. And obviously, if money is no object and you need the best performance possible, nothing beats Intel's socket 2011 chips :D
throwng money down the toilet? you're saying having MUCH lower power consumption and much better perfomance per core is that?
They choose AMD over intel because for gaming you don't need a 300-buck CPU. Normally it is the graphics capability that matters. I am a supporter of AMD (not an uneducated fan), and for cheap gaming rigs I would definitely recommend APU, but if you want to use your computer for other tasks like video editing, etc, intel CPUs are probably more powerful at the same price point.
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Probably also a coupon code too. When I buy items online and there's a coupon code window to enter in I always google to find one. :)
Me, Have you ever thought about 32 nm AMD architecture vs 22 nm Intel architecture. This allows chip to put more transistor on the same area. As you increase the distance between two transistor leads to take much time to pass information.
I picked up aan i7 4770k at micro center for $250 this past weekend.
The amd 9590 has better price to performence if your concerned about it
but..most computers/programs don't use more than 4-cores. Let's say AMD's cores single-core performance is half of Intel. That means a 8-Core AMD CPU will perform at the level of a Quad-Core Intel. Plus Intel seem to perform better overclocked. When the 9590 was released at nearly $1000 it was a stupid choice when a 6-core i7 could be bought at at similar or lower price. Once programs start using more than 4-cores Intel will release consumer versions of 8-core processors (although at really high prices) Then they will have taken the top/high end market again.
hey, Intel is better but still I like AMD!
actually not true. For the presidents day sale tigerdirect had the i7 4770k for $280.....
Thanks for clarifying as wording makes a huge difference.
All that comment because I made a statement that agreed with you? WOW. I agreed with you that the i5 is fine for gaming. BUT I also compared it to the AMD FX-9590 because that happens to be the post YOU DISAGREED WITH! I suppose I should have put the world ALSO in there as well. Maybe then you wouldn't have went all whacko on me for nothing.
did you even read my post, or just spouting random stuff? how does intel vs amd have any bearing on i5 vs i7 for gaming? I'm comparing intel vs intel and I strongly believe that the i5 is perfect for gaming an an i7 in a gaming rig is overkill and a waste of money that could be better used on a GPU or SSD
Because Intels i5 beats almost every single AMD CPU out.
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