CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4790 vs 4770K 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

9.2

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 4770K 

CPUBoss recommends the Intel Core i7 4770K  based on its value.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 4790

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4790

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Supports trusted computing Yes vs No Somewhat common; Allows for safer, more reliable computing
Higher turbo clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.9 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
Slightly higher clock speed 3.6 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 5% higher clock speed
Significantly better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 7,994 vs 7,718 Around 5% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Newer May, 2014 vs Jun, 2013 Release date 11 months later
Slightly better cinebench r10 32Bit score 31,054 vs 30,095 Around 5% better cinebench r10 32Bit score
Front view of Intel Core i7 4770K

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Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score 18.3 mPixels/s vs 16.61 mPixels/s More than 10% better CompuBench 1.5 face detection score
Slightly better performance per dollar 4.2 pt/$ vs 3.54 pt/$ Around 20% better performance per dollar

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4790 vs 4770K

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4790
15.62 mHash/s
Core i7 4770K
16.33 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4790
1.96 fps
Core i7 4770K
1.97 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 i7 4770K
14,184

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 i7 4770K
4,810,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4790  vs
4770K 
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 84W
Annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year 20.24 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year 73.58 $/year
Performance per watt 11.48 pt/W 12.04 pt/W
Typical power consumption 68.25W 68.25W

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
4770K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 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 6,694.4

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 1,250 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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Comments

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I'm going with the 4790 because it's cheaper(99 dollars right now! 249.99 at micro center vs 348.99 at superbiiz), better performance per watt, and I am not going to be overclocking or if I do then it will be a mild overclock.
my ass
Overclock the 4770k,beat the 4790 at once
I prefer wait for ddr4
The 4770 is only better if you plan on overclocking, which in my opinion is totally unnecessary using modern systems.
Clearly false advertising, the sites address states 4790X LGA 2011, but when you go to the item, it clearly shows a normal 4790 LGA 1150 in it's specs.
i thin better thermal solution is biggest improvement...... and bit higher closk speed.....
nothing really, new generation APU is where its at, smaller and stronger builds
Those are fakes, there is no such thing as the 4790X. However, the 4790 does exist and the 4790K is coming really soon.
Right now it's cheaper on amazon then the 4770k
The 4790 is a locked 4770K with a 0.1 Ghz bump running in Socket 1150. The 4820K does run on socket 2011 as you say but falls short when benched against a 4770K on stock clocks in general. Quad channel RAM gives it double the RAM bandwidth though so, if you wanted to overclock it, it would be advantageous over the 4770K.
The 4820 and 4790 both use a different socket motherboard (Socket 2011) which is generally more expensive than a 1150 Motherboard.
I am new to the process of building computers. Why does everyone prefer the 4770 over the higher modes like the 4820 and 4790? Both the 4820 and 4790 have generally better looking specs and are about the same price. Everywhere I look though everyone say they prefer the 4770.
Memory Type "DDR3-1333" is also accepted, revise it! http://ark.intel.com/products/80806/Intel-Core-i7-4790-Processor-8M-Cache-up-to-4_00-GHz
4770K Rules
I think I'll go for this one over 4770K.
It would be nice if the 4790 was 190. Proper link please.
Example A http://www.microcenter.com/product/432163/Core_i7-4790X_36_GHz_LGA_2011_Boxed_Processor
I thought the 4790 was an extreme series, a 4790X, which is just as unlocked and overclockable as the K version? Every online store I've looked through shows as 4790X and unlocked.. I'm more interested in x99 myself.. I was so close to pulling the trigger on a 4930K, but x99 mobo's won't be backwards compatible and I'd have no room for future improvement. Lucky z97 people..
smaller die and sata express i think
What was the point of this cpu generation?
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