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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 clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Front view of AMD Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600

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AMD Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600

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Much more l2 cache 3 MB vs 1 MB 3x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much more l2 cache per core 0.5 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core 2x more l2 cache per core

Features Key features of the Core i7 4790K  vs Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600 

clock speed

turbo clock speed

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4790K  vs
Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600 
Clock speed 4 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.4 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Is unlocked Yes Yes

features

Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
SSE2
F16C
MMX
SSE4
AVX
SSE3
EM64T
SSE
SSE4.1
FMA3
SSE4.2
AES
AVX 2.0

details

Core i7 4790K  vs
Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600 
Threads 8 12
L2 cache 1 MB 3 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.5 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 16 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2.67 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 14 nm

power consumption

Typical power consumption 71.5W N/A
Intel Core i7 4790K
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AMD Ryzen 5 Ryzen™ 5 1600
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