CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4790K vs 6204 among all CPUs

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

Sky Diver and Cloud Gate

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?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, CompuBench 1.5 Bitcoin mining and 11 more

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CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 4790K 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 4790K

Reasons to consider the
Intel Core i7 4790K

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Much higher turbo clock speed 4.4 GHz vs 0 GHz Compared to all cpus, 4.4 GHz turbo clock speed is just OK
Is unlocked Yes vs No Somewhat common; An unlocked multiplier allows for easier overclocking
Higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Much better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score 15,490 vs 3,779.5 More than 4x better geekbench 3 Multi-Core score
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better geekbench 3 single core score 4,004 vs 1,410.5 More than 2.8x better geekbench 3 single core score
Significantly newer manufacturing process 22 nm vs 32 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much better performance per watt 11.42 pt/W vs 0.62 pt/W More than 18.2x better performance per watt
Significantly lower typical power consumption 71.5W vs 93.44W Around 25% lower typical power consumption
Much better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.63 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 40% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Significantly higher Maximum operating temperature 74.04 °C vs 55 °C Around 35% higher Maximum operating temperature
More threads 8 vs 4 Twice as many threads
Newer Apr, 2014 vs Nov, 2011 Release date over 2 years later
Much better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.8 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 45% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Significantly lower annual commercial energy cost 77.09 $/year vs 100.74 $/year Around 25% lower annual commercial energy cost
Significantly lower annual home energy cost 21.2 $/year vs 27.7 $/year Around 25% lower annual home energy cost
Front view of AMD Opteron 6204

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AMD Opteron 6204

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Much more l2 cache 4 MB vs 1 MB 4x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Supports more CPUs in SMP configuration 4 vs 1 3 supports more CPUs in SMP configuration
More l3 cache 16 MB vs 8 MB 2x more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much more l3 cache per core 4 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 2x more l3 cache per core
Much more l2 cache per core 1 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 4x more l2 cache per core

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4790K vs Opteron 6204

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 4790K
15,490
Opteron 6204
3,779.5

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Opteron 6204
1,410.5

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 4790K
5,140,000 MB/s
Opteron 6204
114.35 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4790K  vs
Opteron 6204 
Clock speed 4 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.4 GHz 0 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes No

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
AES
AVX 2.0

power consumption

TDP 88W 115W
Annual home energy cost 21.2 $/year 27.7 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.09 $/year 100.74 $/year
Performance per watt 11.42 pt/W 0.62 pt/W
Typical power consumption 71.5W 93.44W

bus

Architecture DMI 2.0 HyperTransport 3.0
Number of links 0 4
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 6,400 MT/s

details

Core i7 4790K  vs
Opteron 6204 
Threads 8 4
L2 cache 1 MB 4 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 1 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 16 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 4 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 32 nm
Max CPUs 1 4
Operating temperature Unknown - 74.04°C Unknown - 55°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.63 GHz 3.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.8 GHz 3.3 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.63 GHz 3.3 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU None
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
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3
Intel Core i7 4790K
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