CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4790K 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

9.8

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

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Much higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.5 GHz Around 15% higher clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 4.4 GHz vs 3.9 GHz Around 15% higher turbo clock speed
Front view of Intel Core i5 4690K

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CPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the Core i5 4690K vs the Core i7 4790K.

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

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

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

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 4790K
1.79 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

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 4790K
5,140,000 MB/s
Core i5 4690K
5,060,000 MB/s

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4790K  vs
i5 4690K 
Clock speed 4 GHz 3.5 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.4 GHz 3.9 GHz
Cores Quad core Quad core
Is unlocked Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No 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 88W 88W
Annual home energy cost 21.2 $/year 21.2 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 77.09 $/year 77.09 $/year
Performance per watt 11.39 pt/W 10.73 pt/W
Typical power consumption 71.5W 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 4790K  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 - 74.04°C Unknown - 72.72°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.64 GHz 4.52 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.8 GHz 4.58 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 6,925.3 4,652.1
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.64 GHz 4.52 GHz

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 1,250 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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Comments

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i have an r9 fury my phenom 2 1100T bottlenecks it obviously because I should not be getting 40 fps on bf4 with this card will an i5 4690k lift the bottleneck or should I go for the i7 4790k?
that is an I series, I was talking about the msi-m series, I have not used I yet, however, by what that guy says sounds promising, but at the time, asus z97 -a was a much preferable choice, since the price was low (now higher), and offered a bit more than the m series, which was more expensive.
WTF is your problem with MSI? www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXh1MkqwNEY
You're a poor, AMD fanboy who still thinks that AMD can do any better than Intel (but hey, I'm waiting for Zen vs Skylake/Kaby Lake)
wtf
If you can't afford a $229 cpu then maybe you shouldn't be gaming?
do not go for the GTX 960 dude. you made a good choice for the cpu but that gpu is going too be bad, the memory bus is small which makes the 4GB VRAM a waste. and games are starting to require more VRAM so go for the R9 380 or R9 380x. the 380x is on sale for like $200 on jet.com or $196 if you waive free return. Or you can get the R9 380 on newegg http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%204814&IsNodeId=1&Description=r9%20380&name=Desktop%20Graphics%20Cards&Order=PRICE&Pagesize=30&isdeptsrh=1 https://jet.com/product/SAPPHIRE-NITRO-Radeon-R9-380X-100383NTOCL-4GB-GDDR5-PCI-Express-30-Dual-X-OC-Ver/fcef7fdb11f540889e6d7f7913136c93 use the 15NOW discount code on jet.com for the discount on the gpu. just i'm telling you man, don't go for the GTX 960. You probably already did since it was 5 months ago. I5-4690k is good choice tho. i recommend AsRock Z97 Extreme3 motherboard. its going for $82 i think.
Threads only prepare information to be processed by the actual cores, on this way rendering would go a lot better. But in games there is not that much of a difference (And this will probably stay like that), also they have the same architecture (Haswell). So if they are clocked at the same frequency they would make the same amount of instructions. So if the i7 4790k beats the i5 4690k in gaming, this is only caused by the higher frequency the i7 is running at. My tips as a stupid 14-year old: Just overclock your i5, it's an k version anyways.
np, just trying to help out, ever since it seems msi do not put down their prices after more better ones come out, would have been the best about 1-2 years ago, now it is quiet outdated, and burns out quickly when paired with the i7, late i5
Thanks, I'll get the z97-a
would re-think msi, but if you are looking for looks over performance, then go for it, but I would reconsider trying to get a gigybyte series, or an asus, I know these are big companies, but the boards they sell are now more game ready then most smaller companies, which is sad, but is an unavoidable fact. with the gpu and cpu problem, can you tell me exactly what you mean? like,, if you are saying 'should I put it together the i7 with the GTX 980?' or 'would the GTX 980 go better then other GPU's on the market with the i7?'
I would re-think using the MSI Z97-GAMING 5 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard, even though it looks good, it isn't worth it's price, I would say, about 80-90 pounds pushing it, I would suggest getting the asus z97-a (or you can get the asus z97-p, but some the screwing are a bit dodgy, but this only effects you if you want it to look good and if you have a weak heart) with what you are getting, round the same price, and has been modified for both casual and gaming use,and it is the round the same price, with lot's more features which you need then that one.
I want to buy an i7-4790 with a nice MSI M-Power MoBo but the GPU will hold it back. I have a habit of maxing out one thing without the other. Like a GTX 980 or an i7
£450 for those two, my budget was £800 but i don't need to buy everything new because i already have storage and a good psu. my pc in the making - http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/TheDownieMan/saved/#view=Gf2nTW
How much did it run you? I need a new mobo and PSU to run anything better. My budget is fixed at $550, I am trying to get a good mobo and an i5 4690k with GTX 960.
*Cough cough* Just bought gtx 970 g1 and the i5 4690k
I'm stuck with a shit FX-4350, do you think I should updgrade to Skylake i7 or upgrade the GPU which is a GT 730
Agreed. I spent 4 years, 4 years too many on a fx-8350. The difference with my 4790k is like night and day in cpu bound senarios. Take skyrim for example, possibly the most cpu bound spot in the entire game, the steps of Whiterun ( Dragonsreach) looking down. 30fps on the FX....over 50fps on the 4790k. You get what you pay for. In anything cpu bound, FX's choke, it's pathetic. A lot of the time the difference between Intel and AMD is between little to none as the game is GPU bound. The rest of the time....lets just say I finally ditched my fx-8350 because of the rest of the time. AMD's current cpu's suck.
You do realize hyper threaded threads are maybe 20% of a real thread and that would be exaggerating /over estimating right? With that being said I stand by what I said. Hyperthreading threads aren't real cores. and if hyper threading isn't utilized your i7 is a glorified i5.
Not in the long run. Games will soon start utilizing 8 threads, which i5's only have 4
opinions, allow people to have them without bashing them
poor guy, i am sorry for what happened to you ROTTEN FCKING BRAIN
I can confirm that: Am AMD user.
Actually an Intel worth his price, the performance in games is muuuuch better than an AMD.
Intel celeron n2840 is the best
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