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Front view of Intel Core i7 4790K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4790K

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Much newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 180 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 1.4 GHz More than 2.8x higher clock speed
Significantly more l2 cache 1 MB vs 0.25 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Much better PassMark (Single core) score 2,530 vs 408 Around 6.2x better PassMark (Single core) score
Has a NX bit Yes vs No Somewhat common; Prevents a common class of security exploits
Much better PassMark score 11,194 vs 267 Around 42x better PassMark score
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.63 GHz vs 1.68 GHz More than 2.8x better overclocked clock speed (Air)
More threads 8 vs 1 7 more threads
More cores 4 vs 1 3 more cores; run more applications at once
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.8 GHz vs 1.4 GHz Around 3.5x better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of AMD Athlon MP 1600+

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AMD Athlon MP 1600+

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the AMD Athlon MP 1600+ vs the Intel Core i7 4790K.

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4790K vs Athlon MP 1600+

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PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4790K  vs
Athlon MP 1600+ 
Clock speed 4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Cores Quad core Single core

features

Has a NX bit Yes No
Instruction set extensions
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 4790K  vs
Athlon MP 1600+ 
Threads 8 1
L2 cache 1 MB 0.25 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 180 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.63 GHz 1.68 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.8 GHz 1.4 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.63 GHz 1.68 GHz

power consumption

Typical power consumption 71.5W N/A
Intel Core i7 4790K
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