Average Bench: 93.4% - 10th / 945

more Based on 56,490 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: 81%Average: 93.4% Great: 104%
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-4790K averaged just 6.5% 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 436Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 625Pts
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Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 23.4%. 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 662Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 654Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 56,490 samples)
Min Avg Max
112 SC Int 126 139
114 SC Float 127 140
111 SC Mixed 124 137
100% 125 Pts
Min Avg Max
352 QC Int 436 514
372 QC Float 444 521
360 QC Mixed 436 506
99.4% 439 Pts
Min Avg Max
534 MC Int 625 696
574 MC Float 662 739
547 MC Mixed 654 727
96.9% 647 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4.6 GHz, turbo 5.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 136
SC Float 135
SC Mixed 133
108% 135 Pts
QC Int 509
QC Float 492
QC Mixed 503
114% 501 Pts
MC Int 684
MC Float 722
MC Mixed 721
106% 709 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 140
SC Float 138
SC Mixed 135
110% 137 Pts
QC Int 462
QC Float 476
QC Mixed 488
108% 475 Pts
MC Int 700
MC Float 743
MC Mixed 737
109% 727 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 130
SC Float 131
SC Mixed 127
103% 129 Pts
QC Int 452
QC Float 452
QC Mixed 420
100% 441 Pts
MC Int 644
MC Float 686
MC Mixed 675
100% 669 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz
SC Int 122
SC Float 123
SC Mixed 120
97% 122 Pts
QC Int 427
QC Float 422
QC Mixed 432
97% 427 Pts
MC Int 625
MC Float 657
MC Mixed 650
96% 644 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 115
SC Float 117
SC Mixed 114
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 404
QC Float 421
QC Mixed 419
94% 415 Pts
MC Int 602
MC Float 642
MC Mixed 624
93% 623 Pts

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Gaming 81%
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Desktop
Desktop 85%
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Workstation
Workstation 63%
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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

22 mins 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

6 hrs ago.

Brilliant CPU! Can handle most triple a titles with a breeze!


Good

1 day ago.

best experience in gaming !


Good

1 day ago.

I own a i7-4790K with a Corsair H100i AIO Liquid Cooler and the performance is amazing


Outstanding

2 years ago.


Good

2 days ago.

Outstanding CPU, runs any game while streaming&recording, 720p@60FPS, and some games at 1080@60.


Poor

2 hrs ago.

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


Good

12 hrs ago.

ja tak


Good

13 days ago.

Best Gaming Processor


Good

2 months ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Outstanding

12 months ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Excellent

1 month 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

22 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

14 months ago.

Świetny procesor


Good

2 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

10 months ago.

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


Outstanding

2 months ago.

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


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