CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 6700K vs 4790K 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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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Intel Core i7 6700K

Reasons to consider the
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Much newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 8,981 vs 8,785 Almost the same
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Apr, 2014 Release date over 1 years later
Slightly better cinebench r10 32Bit score 36,746 vs 33,538 Around 10% better cinebench r10 32Bit score
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Much better performance per dollar 3.7 pt/$ vs 1.08 pt/$ Around 3.5x better performance per dollar
Higher turbo clock speed 4.4 GHz vs 4.2 GHz Around 5% higher turbo clock speed
Much better performance per watt 11.42 pt/W vs 3.45 pt/W More than 3.2x better performance per watt
Better turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz vs 1,150 MHz Around 10% better turbo clock speed
Higher Maximum operating temperature 74.04 °C vs 64 °C More than 15% higher Maximum operating temperature
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,530 vs 2,349 Around 10% better PassMark (Single core) score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 6700K vs 4790K

CompuBench 1.5 (Bitcoin mining) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700K
33.21 mHash/s
Core i7 4790K
16.1 mHash/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 6700K
26.56 mPixels/s
Core i7 4790K
14.1 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (T-Rex) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700K
1.81 fps
Core i7 4790K
1.79 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 6700K
6,010 MB/s
Core i7 4790K
5,140,000 MB/s

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 6700K  vs
4790K 
Clock speed 4 GHz 4 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz 4.4 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 91W 88W
Annual home energy cost 21.92 $/year 21.2 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 79.72 $/year 77.09 $/year
Performance per watt 3.45 pt/W 11.42 pt/W
Typical power consumption 73.94W 71.5W

bus

Architecture FSB DMI 2.0
Number of links 0 0
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s

details

Core i7 6700K  vs
4790K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 8
L2 cache 1 MB 1 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.25 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 8 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 64°C Unknown - 74.04°C

overclocking

Overclocked clock speed 4.64 GHz 4.64 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.76 GHz 4.79 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.64 GHz 4.64 GHz

integrated graphics

GPU GPU GPU
Label Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Number of displays supported 3 3
GPU clock speed 350 MHz 350 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz 1,250 MHz

memory controller

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

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rx480 is a great choice
4790k is more expensive (~$366) here and now (2017.08), than the 6700k (~$316) It's very interesting for me. By the way I have a 4790k :)
no sli tho, might as well buy a 980sc
Meh, GTX 1060 screws both up 😂😂
Yes, TN panels are only good if ur sitting in front of them, an IPS monitor u can view at all angles and can still see a clear picture
The R9 390 is better than a 970 hands down, even a R9 290 is better than a 970
just updating i am so happy with my built its been 9 months
for the money the rx 480 is great. works great with 4k and is 200 bucks. i have no issues. drivers are getting better. and getting 70fps at 4k on games like gta5 is not bad.
2tbs ssds on amazon are 450 euros
the newer ssd have memory that the myth of worn out reads and writes is pointless now. it would take years of constant writing. only thing about ssds is there not much warning when they are gonna die. but this was with the samsung 830s and older.
this makes no sense at all. and this site REALLY needs to update their cpus. i have both chips. and the 4970k is more money than the 6700k still? they seem basically the same. but still ryzen is here. wtf
Complete Bull... My machine: Intel core i7 6700K (Stock Settings) Not Over Clocked. Reference Machine: Core i7 4790K As you can plainly see the 6700K beats the 4790K in single and multi thread proformance. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1d342fa6f51a1219c73e19ceffcd81f74c8db2fcb6285a8afe408fcbb6ca6d6.jpg
4790K will go prfct with that ddr3. Not sure but the 6700K is ddr4
If the 7700k is indeed @ $350 as its marked on Amazon I will get one
Just watched Jaystwocents I7 7700k first build of the year. 5 GHZ OC @ 1.32 V. Yeah Im gonna have to check that out.
Lol, re-read my post. What you wrote is completely irrelevant to what I posted. I didn't take a side between 6700k and 4790k, I only mentioned that some details on the 6700k are wrong on the cpuboss site. They say that 6700k has a FSB, while it has a DMI 3 bus. But, just because you mentioned it, I'm sorry you had to "suppose" I "spent more than 300$", just to find out right now, that I grabbed the 6700k at 250€ from eBay, while in my country both 6700k and 4790k cost 400€ :)
Well, I am sorry you had to spend over $300.00 for you new i7-6700K alone (plus more $$$ for a new Mobo and RAM), only to find out it does not even perform better than the "old, outdated" almighty i7-4790K!
Amen! Plus, the i7-4790K has the additional advantage of being able to run the best Windows version ever: Windows 7!
The new generation (seventh generation) of i7s is coming soon! I think you better wait!
As a user of the best Windows version to date: Windows 7, I am appalled by Intel's decision (in cohorts with Microsoft) to do everything they can in order to prevent these new systems from supporting Windows 7! This in order to push us/aka force us, the loyal paying customers, into using their new, bloated, and hideously intrusive report-to-MicroSoft-everything-you-are-doing Windows 10! I'll stick to my i7-4790K system, thank you very much. And to those praising the "Oh, wonderful" i7-6700k (after spending over $300.00 for the CPU alone, I don't blame you), but once the next batch of i7s come out they will be crapping all over the "old, outdated" i7-6700K! (Intel must love you)
I am still backing my 6700k and I am getting another one to upgrade my I5
For PC builds this guy knows his stuff, and you can submit your builds to him. TechSource. FYI https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChIZGfcnjHI0DG4nweWEduw
I agree I have the 4790K and it's great for my build with a GTX 980, I will be getting a BenQ 1440 this week! Black Friday deals now!!!
I am very happy right now because I have one 4790K :D
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