Average Bench: 87.6% (30th of 980)

more Based on 107,493 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: 75%Average: 87.6% 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

Multi Core Integer Speed 613Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 123Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 25.1%. 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 654Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 644Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 107,493 samples)
Min Avg Max
107 SC Int 123 136
110 SC Float 125 139
108 SC Mixed 124 138
99.4% 124 Pts
Min Avg Max
341 QC Int 421 503
363 QC Float 434 507
350 QC Mixed 428 504
97% 428 Pts
Min Avg Max
512 MC Int 613 680
539 MC Float 654 726
535 MC Mixed 644 715
95.3% 637 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 140
SC Float 144
SC Mixed 141
114% 142 Pts
QC Int 550
QC Float 539
QC Mixed 543
123% 544 Pts
MC Int 716
MC Float 766
MC Mixed 754
112% 746 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz
SC Int 127
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 126
102% 127 Pts
QC Int 438
QC Float 455
QC Mixed 433
100% 442 Pts
MC Int 649
MC Float 690
MC Mixed 677
101% 672 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 127
SC Mixed 121
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 340
QC Float 379
QC Mixed 397
84% 372 Pts
MC Int 615
MC Float 542
MC Mixed 494
83% 550 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz
SC Int 23.1
SC Float 23.3
SC Mixed 22.6
18% 23 Pts
QC Int 98.4
QC Float 111
QC Mixed 139
26% 116 Pts
MC Int 446
MC Float 559
MC Mixed 639
82% 548 Pts
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Desktop 80%
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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 3 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

8 hrs ago.

Purchased on release and still going strong. OC'd to 4.2GHz the entire time.

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

8 days ago.

great for overclocking


Excellent

6 days ago.

still good !


Terrible

1 day ago.

best experience in gaming !


Excellent

1 month ago.

bought this beast used with a mobo included for 200 euros, 4.8ghz at 1.3v


Good

19 days ago.

I own a i7-4790K


Excellent

26 days 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!!


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Terrible

17 days ago.

really nice cpu


Excellent

2 months ago.

Good price and very good performance


Excellent

8 days ago.

Best processor ever!


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Good

12 months ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Terrible

2 month ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

3 months ago.

it low for 4k


Outstanding

5 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

21 months ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Excellent

3 months ago.

GOOD CPU FOR GAMING


Excellent

4 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

23 months ago.

Świetny procesor


Good

11 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

1 month ago.

4.8 GHz overclock with delid.


Outstanding

19 months ago.

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


Outstanding

12 months ago.

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


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