Average Bench: 71.4% (371st of 1442)

more Based on 255,027 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306C3, , 1FABFBFF000306C3, 00004E414C206472, 1789FBFF000306C3, 07C0A97B000306C3, 178BFBFF00600F20 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @ 3.60GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790 CPU @

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]

Poor: 58%Average: 71.4% Great: 80%
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 75%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4790 averaged 28.5% 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 82.6Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 98.4Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790 is 21.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-4790 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 495Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 482Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 255,027 samples)
Min Avg Max
65.5 Memory 82.6 93.6
71 1-Core 98.4 109
133 2-Core 187 214
71.1% 123 Pts
Min Avg Max
222 4-Core 327 377
324 8-Core 482 551
50.4% 405 Pts
Min Avg Max
328 64-Core 495 556
30.7% 495 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.5
1-Core 105
2-Core 207
78% 134 Pts
4-Core 360
8-Core 549
56% 455 Pts
64-Core 560
35% 560 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.1
1-Core 107
2-Core 206
77% 133 Pts
4-Core 376
8-Core 563
58% 469 Pts
64-Core 566
35% 566 Pts
CPU 1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.2
1-Core 104
2-Core 183
72% 124 Pts
4-Core 342
8-Core 557
55% 450 Pts
64-Core 554
34% 554 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.8
1-Core 104
2-Core 198
74% 128 Pts
4-Core 335
8-Core 534
53% 435 Pts
64-Core 532
33% 532 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.75 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.6
1-Core 106
2-Core 207
73% 130 Pts
4-Core 336
8-Core 546
54% 441 Pts
64-Core 561
35% 561 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $323 @ launch in May '14
AmazonUS $1352 days
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Typical Core i7-4790 Builds (Compare 10,566 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 9%
Tree trunk
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 9%
Tree trunk

Motherboard: Dell OptiPlex 9020

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 74% - Very good Total price: $178

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-4790 Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)
Code NameHaswell
Launch DateQ2'14
Processor Numberi7-4790
# 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$303.00 - $312.00
Clock Speed3.6 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4 GHz
Bus Speed5 GT/s DMI2
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP84 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 Frequency1.2 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 RevisionUp to 3.0
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 TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes
Small Business AdvantageYes
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 TechYes
Anti-Theft TechYes

 Comments

Superb visuals and graphics...

Added 9 years ago.

Good

3 months ago.

paired up with a 1650 it gets over 200fps steady fortnite, valorant.


Good

1 month ago.

Not let down until today. Top CPU !!


Good

2 months ago.

have it for 6 years and still good performances


Good

3 days ago.

That's a great process in this price


Good

2 months ago.

its a very good processor for video editing in 4k


Excellent

9 days ago.

Value for Money + Better Price/Performance


Excellent

12 months ago.

Stil playin all games in 1080p on 2023 :D


Poor

9 months ago.

i have 30 40 precent usage in games


Good

2 years ago.

I only upgrade from I5-4590 to this and it made a nice difference for the same price little used of course.


Excellent

4 months ago.

Im currently using it with a gtx 1660 super and its working great


Poor

3 years ago.

really nice processor, two gens after still a beast


Excellent

9 years ago.


Good

6 months ago.

My current CPU, It hasn't let me down yet. paired with a good GPU, 4790 will run game at 60+ fps.


Excellent

5 months ago.

I love it this processor, today 2019 already is a beats


Excellent

3 years ago.

Works better then I thought its possible.


Terrible

6 years ago.

it low for 4k


Poor

5 years ago.

망작


Good

4 years ago.

This is a good CPU, I don't have any reason to dislike it. It handles everything well and does its job.


Excellent

12 months ago.

best processor ever made!


Outstanding

8 years ago.

Love it! Great for editing, and has insane multitasking ability.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Very reasonable


Excellent

4 years ago.

ok


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