Average Bench: 79.2% (69th of 1206)

more Based on 285,587 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000306C3, , BFEBFBFF000306A9, 1FABFBFF000306C3, 0000000000000000, 1F8BFBFF000306C3, 0F8BFBFF000306C3 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4790K CPU @ 4.40GHz

The Intel Core i7-4790K, codenamed Devil's Canyon, is an upgraded 4770K, Intel's current flagship i7. The 4790K features an improved thermal interface which enables it to dissipate heat more efficiently than the 4770K. Comparing the 4770K and 4790K shows that stock performance has improved by 13% which is consistent with the base clock jump from 3.5 GHz to 4.0 GHz. OC performance remains unchanged. Comparing the 4790K and 4790 shows that at stock clocks the 4790K is around 16% faster which considering the small price difference makes the 4790K a far better choice. Previously Intel targeted the unlocked K versions at overclockers but with Devil's Canyon they have included VT-d on the K chip and this time it's squarely aimed at both power users and overclockers alike. Until the release of Broadwell in six months, the 4790K is the high end CPU of choice. [Jul '14 CPUPro]

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Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4790K averaged 20.8% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-4790K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 123Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 238Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 26.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-4790K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 632Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 628Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 285,587 samples)
Min Avg Max
99.6 1-Core 123 137
188 2-Core 238 271
85.2% 180 Pts
Min Avg Max
331 4-Core 426 514
461 8-Core 628 716
67.8% 527 Pts
Min Avg Max
494 64-Core 632 719
42.4% 632 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 139
2-Core 275
98% 207 Pts
4-Core 469
8-Core 717
76% 593 Pts
64-Core 721
48% 721 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 128
2-Core 248
89% 188 Pts
4-Core 416
8-Core 623
67% 519 Pts
64-Core 624
42% 624 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 128
2-Core 252
90% 190 Pts
4-Core 408
8-Core 644
67% 526 Pts
64-Core 638
43% 638 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
1-Core 125
2-Core 234
85% 179 Pts
4-Core 419
8-Core 604
66% 512 Pts
64-Core 589
40% 589 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 124
2-Core 240
86% 182 Pts
4-Core 398
8-Core 667
67% 532 Pts
64-Core 681
46% 681 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 24,104,585 CPUs tested.

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Gaming 53%
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Desktop 76%
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Workstation
Workstation 52%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 46% - Average Total price: $861

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-4790K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.40 GHz)
Code NameDevil's Canyon
Launch DateQ2'14
Processor Numberi7-4790K
# 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$339.00 - $350.00
Clock Speed4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.4 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/DVI/VGA
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.25 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 TechYes
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 is here, enthusiasts and overclockers rejoice!...

Added 5 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

1 day ago.

Fast single core speed. As a CAD operator I need the fastest single core speed I can get. Almost 6 years after it's release... it is still a contender, but is starting to show its age.

Comment 

Top of the Line I7 processor. Looking at the FAQs for this truly amazing site. Postives: very fast, L1, L2/L3 is very adequate for a consumer chip. The cores will be idle most of the time...even on a single core processer the core is idle 99% of the time. I have read where cooling is somewhat of an issue...maybe the discussion was emphasizing overclocking. Also rumors were the processor was a re-badged 4770K and the overclocking potential from non-test cores was varied. I7-5820 or I7-4790 are definitely the Best Bang for the buck and the top contenders.—Apr '15

Comment 

REVIEW FOR THE 4790* --- LOVE IT TO DEATH. I waited years for Intel to make a factory 4.0 GHZ quad-core processor, now that I have one, I LOVE IT. I gave a 9.1 and not a 10 because first, it doesn't have V Pro, which is fine sence I use it at home but on for a work environment would be a total downer, two, mine seems to cap out at 3.95 Ghz, instead of 4, but its 50 mhz in 2015 does 50 mhz even matter any more?—Jun '15

Comment 

Best gaming processor for 2014,2015 and counting... With the stock cooler I run mine at 4.4 and never break 60 degrees even benchmarking. Get this thing a proper cooler and I've tested mine for a stable 4.8ghz and it worked for days. I am just not comfortable with the thermals. Deliding, water cooling can solve that. Point blank this is the best processor for gaming beyond anything Intel has ever produced. And is likely to be a strong contender for best gaming processor for years to come.—Jul '15


Excellent

2 hrs ago.

OLD BUT GOLD. BETTER THAN 6700K


Excellent

20 days ago.

It's been a great CPU for nearly everything I've thrown at it


Excellent

1 month ago.

I have a i7-4790k overclocked at 4,8GHz with a 1080 Ti 110% in userbenchmark without delid and a noctua nhu12s !


Good

7 hrs ago.

Despite showing age, overclock this CPU and you're still ready to go for at least 1-3 years.


Terrible

3 months ago.

Best CPU i have ever had, bought it in the year 2015 an it stills kicks awesome.


Excellent

3 days ago.

The best of the best for ddr3 memory


Excellent

2 months ago.

Bought this several years ago, still see no reason to upgrade. Handles Wireless VR without any slow down. Holds 5.1Ghz stable overclock on Water but I keep it at 4.2Ghz with a slight undervolt to keep things cool and happy. Best CPU I ever bought.


Good

1 month ago.

Still a super fast CPU (4 cores / 8 threads) . And it's from 2014! Temps / power usage are also good


Excellent

25 days ago.

The best/fastest CPU you can get on 1150 socket.


Excellent

15 days ago.

I have this for 3 years and it very good yes me very good fortntie


Terrible

4 months ago.

Recurring security flaws really gimped the performance on my system.


Poor

14 days ago.

Can do Anything and has very low usage. Excellent I7.


Excellent

4 months ago.

Rock solid CPU. Not top tier anymore, but it does what it needs to do; rip through games like there's not tomorrow


Good

17 days ago.

Cheap, powerful, enough calculations for this processor!


Excellent

3 months ago.

en 2019 il est au top 1 2 3 viva l'algerie


Excellent

3 months ago.

i have it at 4.8 and it still keeps pace


Outstanding

5 years ago.


Poor

3 months ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Terrible

4 months ago.

It works , a chip from 4 years ago still holds up against today's processors and tasks. Its just a great CPU


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

11 months ago.

Im not sure how exactly this is better than a i7 9700k but it should not be so please demote it of its rank by at least 60 times


Outstanding

2 years ago.

Oustanding performance. Bought it from eBay with $180, absolute bargain. Even after 2 years still destroys 90% of cpus. Voted 9/10 just because my chip can't go over 4.7 Ghz. For a 2 year old cpu, it has my total respect.


Terrible

2 years ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

14 months ago.

One of the best i7's ever made, in my opinion


Excellent

12 months ago.

Still going strong


Outstanding

3 years ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Good

2 years ago.

it's a realy good CPU for gaming and won't be to weak for almost any game. But... It's a little bit to weak if you want to be streaming your pfs games. But I recommend it for a good gaming setup.


Excellent

2 years ago.

GOOD CPU FOR GAMING


Excellent

21 months ago.

good overclocker and still very powerfull, Wen overclockt it is good like a i7 7700K


Excellent

2 years ago.

its on par with skylake no need to update


Excellent

4 years ago.

With a custom single loop liquid cooling solution and the delidding of this chip (w/ liquid metal) makes this run smoothly at 5.2GHz on all cores.


Good

4 years ago.

Świetny procesor


Good

3 years ago.

Kvalitní a stabilní CPU. Nepřehřívá se, při hraní náročných her má nejvýš 60°C. A i multimediální práci zvládá luxusně, co se týče renderování videí a práce v programech.


Excellent

2 years ago.

4.8 GHz overclock with delid.


Excellent

21 months ago.

4.50 GHz 8 threads 4 cores, Cache 8 MB


Excellent

11 months ago.

Still very powerfull in 2019 !


Excellent

6 months ago.

Great overclocking or undervolting


Excellent

11 days ago.

Recently upgrade from i5 4670k to i7 4790k. Now i have 97-99% gpu usage in Shadow of the Tomb Raider and stable fixed 60 fps. 1080p ultra / 5700XT


Outstanding

3 years ago.

I went from FX-6300 to i7-4790k and it's a killer!


Outstanding

3 years ago.

I picked up mine for $260 in 2014, and for that price, its pretty crazy


Excellent

22 months ago.

High VFM, aswell as oc capability


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