Average Bench: 69.6% (408th of 1442)

more Based on 229,359 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306C3, , 1FABFBFF000306C3, 0000000000000000, 0FABFBFF000306C3, 0F8BFBFF000306C3 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4690K CPU @ 3.50GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4690K CPU @ 7.50GHz

The Intel Core i5-4690K is the latest incremental upgrade to Intel's unlocked mid-range quad core family of processors. The 4690K replaces the 4670K. Comparing the 4690K and 4670K shows that little has changed. The two chips share identical architecture; in fact the only difference between them is a 100 MHz bump to both the base and turbo clocks. The 100 MHz bump translates to an insignificant 2.9% performance increase. In terms of outright performance the 4690K has an effective speed of 103 which thanks to its superb single and dual core performance, is 12% stronger than the average of the group leaders. Overall the 4690K brings nothing new to the table so owners of previous flagship i5's will gain little by upgrading but as a new purchase the 4690K is a strong contender for both power users and high end gamers. [Jul '14 CPUPro]

Poor: 53%Average: 69.6% Great: 82%
Gaming
Gaming 70%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 52%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-4690K averaged 30.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 83.7Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 99.8Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-4690K is 29.1%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-4690K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 348Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 345Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 229,359 samples)
Min Avg Max
62.5 Memory 83.7 95.2
62 1-Core 99.8 123
124 2-Core 197 242
72.9% 127 Pts
Min Avg Max
196 4-Core 318 404
245 8-Core 345 428
43.7% 331 Pts
Min Avg Max
228 64-Core 348 434
21.5% 348 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 4.2 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Memory 96
1-Core 117
2-Core 230
85% 148 Pts
4-Core 440
8-Core 438
59% 439 Pts
64-Core 438
27% 438 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.3
1-Core 116
2-Core 223
82% 143 Pts
4-Core 420
8-Core 421
56% 420 Pts
64-Core 415
26% 415 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
Memory 89.5
1-Core 98.1
2-Core 195
74% 128 Pts
4-Core 361
8-Core 366
48% 364 Pts
64-Core 362
22% 362 Pts
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Typical Core i5-4690K Builds (Compare 6,768 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 38%
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Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 30%
Sail boat

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 53% - Above average Total price: $353

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-4690K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
Code NameDevil's Canyon
Launch DateQ2'14
Processor Numberi5-4690K
# of Cores4
# of Threads4
Cache6 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography22 nm
Recommended Price$242.00 - $243.00
Clock Speed3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.9 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/VGA
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.2 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 TechNo
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...

Added 9 years ago.

Terrible

1 month ago.

Comment 

Absolutely brilliant performance if you don't need hyperthreading for the money even at standard settings with room to expand into by overclocking. It will most users needs with room to spare,—Nov '15


Excellent

6 months ago.

is a pretty good cpu but when i play games its on 100% always


Terrible

4 years ago.

Love it just upgraded from amd


Good

2 months ago.

Awesome processor for the time period. Held its own for years after. Able to still run a lot of modern games and fine with normal internet and office use. If you have a chance to pick one up used at a low price you wont be disappointed.


Liked

1 month ago.

Comment 

Just upgraded from amd. This is better for gaming with lower power consumption.—May '15


Terrible

15 months ago.

Is this possible to make two cores stronger than five cores?


Excellent

3 years ago.

I have one it is slow as a wet week


Excellent

3 years ago.

Muy buen procesador inclusive en 2020


Terrible

4 years ago.

With the older gtx 680 i can play the recents games in fhd very well in normal hig up to very high


Good

17 months ago.

Literally the best value for money gaming and overall experience processor of its time.


Excellent

4 months ago.

I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it I love it


Excellent

17 months ago.

amazing overclocker, great used value these days, can easily keep up with modern cpu's

Comment 

upgraded from AMD Phenom II X 4 965 black box and this is another world! waouw—May '15


Outstanding

9 years ago.


Terrible

11 months ago.

my pc has this sam cpu but its ass not good at all cant even handle roblox


Good

6 years ago.

A bit old now, but can save you a few coins if you cant or dont want to get a Skylake chip, plus you can overclock this beast so you can throw any GPU you want at it. For gaming, its a no brainer.


Good

6 years ago.

intel masterrace


Terrible

6 years ago.

it low for 4k


Average

5 years ago.

Carlo


Outstanding

8 years ago.

Based on this website score system, this CPU is one of the best Price vs Performance CPU, next to 6600K


Terrible

5 years ago.

망작


Excellent

6 years ago.

4.6mhz air cooled. nuff said


Good

8 years ago.

I have owned the 4690k for one year now. OC'd easily to 4.5GHz while keeping normal operating temps around 30º C. It's primary use is on my gaming PC and performs admirably combined with an EVGA GTX970


Average

5 years ago.

Good for single threaded, but suffers in multi-thread


Good

5 years ago.

liquid metal rules


Excellent

8 years ago.

Best deal, outstanding performance !


Excellent

6 years ago.

Still fast in 2017 with rx vega 56


Excellent

3 years ago.

Great overclocker.


Good

6 years ago.

when overclocked to 4.0 GHz it becomes the "beast" Only on GTA 5 it reaches 100% load (Only on populated areas). But, Paired with a GTX 980 this thing still kills Tripple A titles!


Excellent

9 years ago.

upgrade from my amd love it


Excellent

8 years ago.

Great enthusiast Cpu, for both beginners wishing to try overclocking, or more advanced users for an overall stable experience.


Excellent

5 years ago.

still a really fast cpu! clocked it around 4.5 GHz more than enough to play all games u want


Good

4 years ago.

A great workhorse processor that's lasted me 4 years - now outclassed by equivalent Ryzens.


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