IntelBX80623I52500K
$246
IntelBX80646I74790K
 $246 

4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.3GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date: Q1 2011.

4 Cores, 8 Threads @4.0GHz, Haswell.
Release date: Q2 2014.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 213,741 user samples
63,210 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 4.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 53% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 0.2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 53% Great: 89%
SPEED RANK: 126th / 1121
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 69%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat
150,531 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 70% Base clock 4 GHz
Poor: 70% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 45th / 1121
Gaming
Gaming 85%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 63%
Destroyer
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
70.6 % 84.8 % Faster effective speed.
+20%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
97.4 Pts 122 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+25%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
366 Pts 411 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+12%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
372 Pts 632 Pts Much faster multi-core speed.
+70%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
119 Pts 134 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+13%
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
466 Pts 492 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+6%
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
471 Pts 707 Pts Much faster OC multi-core speed.
+50%
Market Share
Based on 10,260,849 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.64 % 1.52 % Hugely higher market share.
+138%
Value
Value For Money
75.2 % 79.2 % Slightly better value.
+5%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % 80 % More popular.
+18%
Price
Price (score)
$246 Cheaper.
+30%
$350
Age
Newest
91 Months 50 Months Much more recent.
+45%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 88 Watts Slightly more energy efficient.
+7%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 8 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
32 nm 22 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+31%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.3 GHz 4 GHz Faster base frequency.
+21%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 4.4 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+19%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
119 Pts 136 Pts Slightly faster single-core int speed.
+14%
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
119 Pts 134 Pts Slightly faster single-core fp speed.
+13%
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
472 Pts 493 Pts +4%
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
472 Pts 491 Pts +4%
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
473 Pts 674 Pts Much faster multi-core int speed.
+42%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
473 Pts 722 Pts Much faster multi-core fp speed.
+53%
Series
CPU Architecture
Sandy Bridge Haswell
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA1155 FCLGA1150
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 3000 HD 4600
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q1'11 Q2'14
Cache
Cache
6 MB SmartCache 8 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Lithography
Lithography
32 nm 22 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
N/A $339.00 - $350.00
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI 5 GT/s DMI2
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR3 1066/1333 DDR3-1333/1600, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.5V
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
21 GB/s 25.6 GB/s
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Base Frequency
Graphics Base Frequency
850 MHz 350 MHz
Wireless Display
Intel® Wireless Display
No Yes
# of Displays Supported
# of Displays Supported ‡
2 3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.1 GHz 1.25 GHz
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) ‡
No Yes
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
2.0 3.0

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The Intel Core i7-4790K, codenamed Devil's Canyon, is an upgraded 4770K, Intel's current flagship i7. The 4790K features an improved thermal interface which enables it to dissipate heat more efficiently than the 4770K. Comparing the 4770K and 4790K shows that stock performance has improved by 13% which is consistent with the base clock jump from 3.5 GHz to 4.0 GHz. OC performance remains unchanged. Comparing the 4790K and 4790 shows that at stock clocks the 4790K is around 16% faster which considering the small price difference makes the 4790K a far better choice. Previously Intel targeted the unlocked K versions at overclockers but with Devil's Canyon they have included VT-d on the K chip and this time it's squarely aimed at both power users and overclockers alike. Until the release of Broadwell in six months, the 4790K is the high end CPU of choice. [Jul '14 CPUPro]

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