IntelBX80684I59600K
IntelBX80646I54690

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 108,663 user samples
68,198 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 79% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 79% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 13th / 1184
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
40,465 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 69% Base clock 3.5 GHz
Worst Bench: 43% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 1.1 GHz (avg)
Poor: 43% Great: 69%
SPEED RANK: 147th / 1184
Gaming
Gaming 62%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 38%
Jet ski
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
92.6 % Much faster effective speed.
+50%
61.8 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+30%
105 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
271 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+31%
207 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
528 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+38%
383 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
750 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+91%
392 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
753 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+90%
396 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+35%
115 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
309 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+36%
227 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
610 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+40%
435 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
889 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+104%
435 Pts
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
884 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+102%
438 Pts
Market Share
Based on 21,082,021 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.9 % Hugely higher market share.
+233%
0.27 %
Value
Value For Money
96.5 % Much better value.
+44%
67 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
156 % Hugely more popular.
+148%
63 %
Price
Price (score)
$240 $207 Slightly cheaper.
+14%
Age
Newest
12 Months Hugely more recent.
+82%
65 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 84 Watts Slightly more energy efficient.
+12%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads Much higher thread count.
+50%
4 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+36%
22 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz Slightly faster base frequency.
+6%
3.5 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+18%
3.9 GHz
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Haswell
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1150
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 HD 4600
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q4'18 Q2'14
Cache
Cache
9 MB SmartCache 6 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Lithography
Lithography
14 nm 22 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$262.00 - $263.00 $213.00 - $224.00
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
8 GT/s DMI3 5 GT/s DMI2
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015D (130W) PCG 2013D
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
64 GB 32 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-2666 DDR3-1333/1600, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.5V
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
41.6 GB/s 25.6 GB/s
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® UHD Graphics 630 Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.15 GHz 1.2 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory
Graphics Video Max Memory
64 GB 2 GB
TSX-NI
Intel® TSX-NI
Yes No
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
3.0 Up to 3.0

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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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