CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4790 vs 4690K among desktop CPUs (over 75W)

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

Fire Strike

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?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Fire Strike, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 4790

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Intel Core i7 4790

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Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Front view of Intel Core i5 4690K

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4790 vs i5 4690K

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4790
15.62 mHash/s
Core i5 4690K
13.73 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4790
1.96 fps
Core i5 4690K
1.74 fps

PCMark 8 Home 3.0 Accelerated Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Data courtesy FutureMark

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 4790
13,718
Core i5 4690K
11,924

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 4790
4,570,000 MB/s
Core i5 4690K
5,060,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4790  vs
i5 4690K 
Clock speed 3.6 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4 GHz 3.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked No Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing Yes 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

power consumption

TDP 84W 88W
Annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year 21.2 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year 77.09 $/year
Performance per watt 10.77 pt/W 10.77 pt/W
Typical power consumption 68.25W 71.5W

bus

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

details

Core i7 4790  vs
i5 4690K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 4
L3 cache 8 MB 6 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 1.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.72°C Unknown - 72.72°C

overclocking

PassMark (Overclocked) 6,039.5 4,652.1

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,200 MHz 1,200 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-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 32,768 MB 32,768 MB
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