Average Bench: 87.7% (31st of 981)

more Based on 123,471 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306C3, , BFEBFBFF000306A9, 1FABFBFF000306C3, 0000000000000000, 1F8BFBFF000306C3, 0F8BFBFF000306C3 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790K CPU @ 4.40GHz

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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Poor: 74%Average: 87.7% Great: 100%
Gaming
Gaming 88%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 89%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4790K averaged just 12.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-4790K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Single Core Integer Speed 124Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 124Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 26.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-4790K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 651Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 640Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 123,471 samples)
Min Avg Max
109 SC Int 124 139
110 SC Float 125 138
108 SC Mixed 124 139
99.5% 124 Pts
Min Avg Max
332 QC Int 424 506
350 QC Float 434 511
340 QC Mixed 429 506
97.2% 429 Pts
Min Avg Max
502 MC Int 610 690
520 MC Float 651 737
520 MC Mixed 640 727
94.9% 634 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz
SC Int 132
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 131
104% 130 Pts
QC Int 442
QC Float 507
QC Mixed 459
106% 469 Pts
MC Int 672
MC Float 715
MC Mixed 705
104% 697 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 133
SC Float 135
SC Mixed 131
107% 133 Pts
QC Int 442
QC Float 468
QC Mixed 459
103% 456 Pts
MC Int 663
MC Float 704
MC Mixed 697
103% 688 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 0.8 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 116
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 131
100% 125 Pts
QC Int 412
QC Float 438
QC Mixed 430
97% 427 Pts
MC Int 653
MC Float 706
MC Mixed 691
102% 683 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 124
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 124
99% 124 Pts
QC Int 392
QC Float 404
QC Mixed 397
90% 398 Pts
MC Int 635
MC Float 671
MC Mixed 675
99% 660 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 121
SC Mixed 121
96% 120 Pts
QC Int 327
QC Float 345
QC Mixed 322
75% 331 Pts
MC Int 556
MC Float 478
MC Mixed 588
81% 540 Pts
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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz)
Code NameDevil's Canyon
Launch DateQ2'14
Processor Numberi7-4790K
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Cache8 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$339.00 - $350.00
Clock Speed4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.4 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI2
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP88 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2013D

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
Graphics OutputeDP/DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.25 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Flexible Display InterfaceYes
Graphics Video Max Memory2 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3-1333/1600, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.5V
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NINo
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)No
My WiFi TechYes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography22 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1150

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechNo
Anti-Theft TechYes

 Comments

Devil’s Canyon is here, enthusiasts and overclockers rejoice!...

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12 hrs ago.

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Comment 

Top of the Line I7 processor. Looking at the FAQs for this truly amazing site. Postives: very fast, L1, L2/L3 is very adequate for a consumer chip. The cores will be idle most of the time...even on a single core processer the core is idle 99% of the time. I have read where cooling is somewhat of an issue...maybe the discussion was emphasizing overclocking. Also rumors were the processor was a re-badged 4770K and the overclocking potential from non-test cores was varied. I7-5820 or I7-4790 are definitely the Best Bang for the buck and the top contenders.—Apr '15

Comment 

REVIEW FOR THE 4790* --- LOVE IT TO DEATH. I waited years for Intel to make a factory 4.0 GHZ quad-core processor, now that I have one, I LOVE IT. I gave a 9.1 and not a 10 because first, it doesn't have V Pro, which is fine sence I use it at home but on for a work environment would be a total downer, two, mine seems to cap out at 3.95 Ghz, instead of 4, but its 50 mhz in 2015 does 50 mhz even matter any more?—Jun '15

Comment 

sexiest gaming processor for 2014,2015 and counting... Stock cooler I run mine at 4.4 overclocked and never break 60 degrees even benchmarking. Get this thing a proper cooler and I've tested mine for a stable 4.8ghz and it worked for days. just not comfortable with the thermals. deliding, water cooling can solve that. Point blank this is the sexiest processor for gaming beyond anything intel has ever produced. and is likly to be a strong contender for best gaming processor for years to come.—Jul '15


Good

1 day ago.

The best CPU Intel has brought out in the last couple of years.


Good

24 days ago.

still good !


Excellent

1 day ago.

LE meilleur... 314€ en 2014... Ecrase encore aujourd'hui ses concurents pour le même prix... A noter un bench excellent en singlethread grace à ses 4Ghz... pour de jeux type minecraft... Et oui pleins de coeurs c'est bien mais quelques uns plus rapides c'est pas mal non plus !!!


Excellent

23 hrs ago.

really good


Excellent

29 days ago.

I own a i7-4790K


Excellent

2 months ago.

i still am happy that it destroys other 90% CPU's. Its DEVIL CANYON.....YEAH i own it i7-4790K!!.......My BEAST!!....and a Strong Contender even now!!


Excellent

10 days ago.

The best/fastest CPU you can get on 1150 socket.


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Excellent

10 days ago.

really nice cpu


Good

1 month ago.

Good price and very good performance


Excellent

2 months ago.

Best processor ever!


Excellent

3 months ago.

Can do Anything and has very low usage. Excellent I7.


Good

14 months ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Terrible

3 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

5 months ago.

it low for 4k


Outstanding

7 months ago.

Oustanding performance. Bought it from eBay with $180, absolute bargain. Even after 2 years still destroys 90% of cpus. Voted 9/10 just because my chip can't go over 4.7 Ghz. For a 2 year old cpu, it has my total respect.


Outstanding

23 months ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Good

1 month ago.

it's a realy good CPU for gaming and won't be to weak for almost any game. But... It's a little bit to weak if you want to be streaming your pfs games. But I recommend it for a good gaming setup.


Excellent

5 months ago.

GOOD CPU FOR GAMING


Excellent

6 months ago.

its on par with skylake no need to update


Excellent

2 years ago.

With a custom single loop liquid cooling solution and the delidding of this chip (w/ liquid metal) makes this run smoothly at 5.2GHz on all cores.


Good

2 years ago.

Świetny procesor


Good

13 months ago.

Kvalitní a stabilní CPU. Nepřehřívá se, při hraní náročných her má nejvýš 60°C. A i multimediální práci zvládá luxusně, co se týče renderování videí a práce v programech.


Excellent

3 months ago.

4.8 GHz overclock with delid.


Outstanding

21 months ago.

I went from FX-6300 to i7-4790k and it's a killer!


Outstanding

13 months ago.

I picked up mine for $260 in 2014, and for that price, its pretty crazy


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