4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.5GHz, Haswell.
Release date: Q2 2014.

20 Cores, 28 Threads @3.4GHz, Raptor Lake.
Release date: Q4 2023.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 80,548 user samples
73,695 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 77% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 50% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Poor: 50% Great: 77%
SPEED RANK: 471st / 1459
Gaming 67%
Battle cruiser
Desktop 73%
Workstation 50%
6,853 User Benchmarks
Great bench: 134% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 5.6 GHz (avg)
Poor bench: 125% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
Poor: 125% Great: 134%
SPEED RANK: 6th / 1459
Gaming 130%
Desktop 128%
Workstation 165%
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
67.1 % 130 % Hugely faster effective speed.
Avg. Memory Latency
81.1 Pts 86.6 Pts Slightly lower memory latency.
Avg. Single Core Speed
96.1 Pts 230 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
Avg. Dual Core Speed
189 Pts 461 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
Avg. Quad Core Speed
306 Pts 920 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
Avg. Octa Core Speed
324 Pts 1781 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
OC Memory Latency
93.2 Pts 93.3 Pts +0%
OC Single Core Speed
106 Pts 237 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
OC Dual Core Speed
209 Pts 472 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
OC Quad Core Speed
382 Pts 940 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
OC Octa Core Speed
387 Pts 1870 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
Market Share
Based on 68,262,219 CPUs tested
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.09 % 0.9 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
103 % 120 % Better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
55 % 95 % Much more popular.
Price (score)
$58 Hugely cheaper.
122 Months 9 Months Hugely more recent.
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
84 Watts Much more energy efficient.
125 Watts
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 20 cores Hugely higher core count.
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 28 threads Hugely higher thread count.
Manufacturing process
22 nm 10 nm Much newer manufacturing.
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.5 GHz +3% 3.4 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.9 GHz 5.6 GHz Much faster turbo frequency.
OC Multi Core Speed
388 Pts 3891 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
Avg. Multi Core Speed
327 Pts 3708 Pts Insanely faster 64-core speed.
CPU Architecture
Haswell Raptor Lake
Motherboard Socket
Integrated Graphics
HD 4600 UHD 770

The Core i5-4690 is Intel's latest and greatest locked Core-i5. This CPU will suit serious gamers that don't plan on overclocking. The 4690 replaces the 4670 and shares exactly the same specs aside from base and turbo clock bumps of 100 MHz. The 100 MHz clock bump results in barely noticeable real world performance improvements and, if anything, makes the older 4670 more attractive as suppliers reduce prices to try to clear stocks. For regular desktop use such as email, surfing, and listening to music, this CPU is overkill and there is far better value amongst lower powered and significantly cheaper CPUs but for gamers and moderate power users the 4690 is a good locked option. [Jun '14 CPUPro]


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