Average Bench: 88% (13th of 952)

more Based on 58,826 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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Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4790K averaged just 11.9% 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

Quad Core Integer Speed 434Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 126Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 24.2%. 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 659Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 649Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 58,826 samples)
Min Avg Max
110 SC Int 126 139
113 SC Float 127 140
111 SC Mixed 124 137
100% 125 Pts
Min Avg Max
357 QC Int 434 507
368 QC Float 442 513
363 QC Mixed 432 506
98.9% 436 Pts
Min Avg Max
528 MC Int 622 702
552 MC Float 659 743
542 MC Mixed 649 735
96.3% 643 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, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 142
SC Float 142
SC Mixed 140
113% 142 Pts
QC Int 490
QC Float 492
QC Mixed 478
110% 487 Pts
MC Int 700
MC Float 714
MC Mixed 739
108% 718 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 129
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 122
100% 125 Pts
QC Int 462
QC Float 487
QC Mixed 507
110% 485 Pts
MC Int 667
MC Float 700
MC Mixed 692
103% 687 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 133
SC Float 135
SC Mixed 131
106% 133 Pts
QC Int 417
QC Float 467
QC Mixed 473
102% 452 Pts
MC Int 671
MC Float 711
MC Mixed 701
104% 694 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 125
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 123
100% 125 Pts
QC Int 460
QC Float 460
QC Mixed 451
104% 457 Pts
MC Int 626
MC Float 666
MC Mixed 657
97% 650 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!...

Added 2 years ago.

Good (edit your comment) Add link

9 hrs ago.

I have had mine clocked comfortably @ 4.9 for the last two years.

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

2 days ago.

Picked one of these up in 2014 for £250. It's now £370 and not all of that is the pound tanking!


Good

13 hrs ago.

best experience in gaming !


Good

2 hrs ago.

I own a i7-4790K


Outstanding

2 years ago.


Outstanding

21 hrs ago.

Outstanding CPU


Outstanding

14 hrs 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!!


Good

1 day ago.

Amazing processor for the same price as the 4770K but better.


Good

21 hrs ago.

ja tak


Good

9 days ago.

Best Gaming Processor


Good

4 months ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Outstanding

13 months ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Excellent

14 days 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.


Excellent

23 months 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

15 months ago.

Świetny procesor


Good

3 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.


Outstanding

11 months ago.

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


Outstanding

3 months ago.

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


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