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Front view of Intel Core i7 4790

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4790

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Much higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 1 GHz More than 3.5x higher clock speed
Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 45 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
More threads 8 vs 1 7 more threads
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Newer May, 2014 vs Apr, 2010 Release date over 4 years later
Front view of AMD Athlon II Neo R34L

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AMD Athlon II Neo R34L

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Much lower typical power consumption 6.5W vs 68.25W 10.5x lower typical power consumption
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 95 °C vs 72.72 °C More than 30% higher Maximum operating temperature
Much lower annual home energy cost 1.93 $/year vs 20.24 $/year 10.5x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 7.01 $/year vs 73.58 $/year 10.5x lower annual commercial energy cost

Features Key features of the Core i7 4790  vs Athlon II Neo R34L 

clock speed

L2 cache

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4790  vs
Athlon II Neo R34L 
Clock speed 3.6 GHz 1 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE4a
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
3DNow!
AES
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

details

Core i7 4790  vs
Athlon II Neo R34L 
Threads 8 1
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 45 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.72°C Unknown - 95°C

power consumption

TDP 84W 8W
Annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year 1.93 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year 7.01 $/year
Typical power consumption 68.25W 6.5W
Intel Core i7 4790
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AMD Athlon II Neo R34L
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