IntelBX80646I74790
IntelBX80646I54690

4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.6GHz, Haswell.
Release date: Q2 2014.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 320,329 user samples
249,013 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 84% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 64% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 64% Great: 84%
SPEED RANK: 217th / 1337
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 63%
Destroyer
71,316 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 83% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 59% Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Poor: 59% Great: 83%
SPEED RANK: 229th / 1337
Gaming
Gaming 76%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 57%
Gunboat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
76.5 % +1% 76 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
85.4 Pts 85.4 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
107 Pts +3% 104 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
206 Pts +0% 205 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
365 Pts 385 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+5%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
564 Pts Much faster octa-core speed.
+45%
389 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
93.5 Pts 93.8 Pts +0%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
115 Pts +3% 112 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
229 Pts +4% 220 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
424 Pts 427 Pts +1%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
614 Pts Much faster OC octa-core speed.
+43%
428 Pts
Market Share
Based on 50,016,776 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.55 % Hugely higher market share.
+244%
0.16 %
Value
Value For Money
81.5 % 83.4 % +2%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
61 % More popular.
+11%
55 %
Price
Price (score)
$220 $198 Cheaper.
+10%
Age
Newest
92 Months 92 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
84 Watts 84 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 4 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
4 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 22 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz +3% 3.5 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4 GHz +3% 3.9 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
614 Pts Much faster OC 64-core speed.
+43%
428 Pts
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
571 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+46%
392 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Haswell Haswell
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1150 FCLGA1150
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 4600 HD 4600
Cache
Cache
8 MB SmartCache 6 MB SmartCache
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$303.00 - $312.00 $213.00 - $224.00
Max Turbo Frequency
Max Turbo Frequency
4 GHz 3.9 GHz
Graphics Output
Graphics Output
eDP/DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA eDP/DP/HDMI/VGA
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
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The Core i7-4790 is the third upgrade to Intel's flagship quad core hyper-threaded CPU. This version, like its predecessor the i7-4771, gets a 100 MHz bump in stock frequency and additionally the i7-4790 also gets a 100 MHz turbo frequency bump. These improvements (~4%) are marginal and practically impossible to discern in day to day use. Looking at a benchmark comparison between the 4771 and 4790 verifies that there is little difference between the two CPUs. Although the i7-4790 isn't much of a step forward, it's still one of the best (locked) mainstream processors on the market. AMD hasn't been able to compete with Intel on single threaded performance for several years, consequently Intel have no need to push the envelope. Overclockers should wait for the 4790K which is rumoured to be released shortly. [May '14 CPUPro]

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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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