CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 5930K vs 4790K 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

9.9

CPUBoss Score

Combination of all six facets

Winner
Intel Core i7 5930K 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 5930K vs 4790K

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 5930K
7.26 mPixels/s
Core i7 4790K
18.32 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 5930K
-1 fps
Core i7 4790K
12.09 fps

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 5930K
4,300,000 MB/s
Core i7 4790K
5,140,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 5930K  vs
4790K 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.7 GHz 4.4 GHz
Cores Hexa 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 140W 88W
Annual home energy cost 33.73 $/year 21.2 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 122.64 $/year 77.09 $/year
Performance per watt 11.4 pt/W 11.41 pt/W
Typical power consumption 113.75W 71.5W

bus

Architecture QPI DMI 2.0
Number of links 0 0
Transfer rate 0 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i7 5930K  vs
4790K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 12 8
L3 cache 15 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.78 GHz 4.64 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.45 GHz 4.79 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 7,634.4 6,925.3
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.78 GHz 4.64 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU None GPU
Label N/A Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported N/A 3
GPU clock speed N/A 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed N/A 1,250 MHz

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3L-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR
Channels Quad Channel Dual Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 6,400 MB/s 25,600 MB/s
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 32,768 MB
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Comments

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For gamers and some misguided people here,most titles today are gpu limited and are in no way limited by the cpu. So if you already own a haswell there is no need to upgrade to i7 extreme edition or skylake processors,unless you are a professional and have heavy workloads. i7 6700k,4790k,5930k or 5820k are way too overkills for sole gaming purpose.
So you say the 5930 is that much better because you base the results on one game...kind of a noob huh?
Bruh, calm down. It's their opinion. No need to do... that... xD
I will definitely not be upgrading for many years from my 4790K, even my ASUS 7970's in crossfire have nothing to worry about especially as I'm playing in 1080p for the foreseeable future, so I see no reason to get a 980ti either.
Just depends on if the game is single or multi-threaded... There are definitely older games that will run better on a 4790K.
yea u stick with that bro enjoy ur 10-30 fps less than my 5930k video is above
ohh and just so u guys know just because these shity cpu's aka 4790k out perform 5930k in benchmark style tests like passmark doesnt mean they out perform in games heres the video of a 5930k raping a 4790k by 10 fps average and on games like bf4 which use more cpu 30 fps average heres the vid enjoy ur shit 4790k's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CppDFcn8ul8 basically what im saying is even on games which use only 4 cores the 5930k per core at same speed is 10 fps faster than a 4790k even on the older games which are less cores its got 7-10 fps more so yea pretty much dont go kidding urselfs thata 4790k outperforms a 5930k lmao specially in games =DDD
I'll stick with the i7 4790k Devils Canyon... who knows what will become of the x99 mobos in 2 years?? At least the z97 is guaranteed to be around longer.
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