Average Bench: 86.2% (67th of 1173)

more Based on 227,365 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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Poor: 68%Average: 86.2% Great: 100%
Gaming
Gaming 86%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 63%
Destroyer

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4790K averaged just 13.8% 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

Single Core Integer Speed 123Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 602Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 31.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-4790K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 644Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 631Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 227,365 samples)
Min Avg Max
102 SC Int 123 136
94.5 SC Float 123 137
100 SC Mixed 122 136
98.3% 123 Pts
Min Avg Max
311 QC Int 417 515
334 QC Float 427 516
319 QC Mixed 422 511
95.7% 422 Pts
Min Avg Max
471 MC Int 602 681
517 MC Float 644 728
485 MC Mixed 631 716
93.7% 626 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 139
SC Float 141
SC Mixed 138
112% 139 Pts
QC Int 484
QC Float 473
QC Mixed 489
109% 482 Pts
MC Int 681
MC Float 734
MC Mixed 725
107% 713 Pts
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 116
SC Float 117
SC Mixed 120
94% 118 Pts
QC Int 444
QC Float 466
QC Mixed 479
105% 463 Pts
MC Int 569
MC Float 577
MC Mixed 568
86% 571 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 124
SC Float 124
SC Mixed 124
99% 124 Pts
QC Int 365
QC Float 401
QC Mixed 378
86% 381 Pts
MC Int 615
MC Float 656
MC Mixed 648
96% 640 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 18,517,725 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $348 @ launch in Jun '14
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Gaming 63%
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Desktop
Desktop 81%
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Workstation 59%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

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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.

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.

good


Excellent

2 hrs ago.

BEST GAMING CPU. BETTER THAN 6700K


Excellent

4 days ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Good

18 days ago.

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


Poor

1 month ago.

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


Terrible

28 days ago.

Simply a monster.! Top High-End of DDR3


Good

14 days ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 months ago.

Cheap, powerful, enough calculations for this processor!


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

i have it at 4.8 and it still keeps pace


Outstanding

5 years ago.


Terrible

13 months ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Excellent

9 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

22 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

5 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

23 months ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

8 months ago.

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


Outstanding

3 years ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Good

19 months 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

24 months ago.

GOOD CPU FOR GAMING


Excellent

14 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 months ago.

Still going strong


Excellent

24 months 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

3 years ago.

Świetny procesor


Good

2 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

21 months ago.

4.8 GHz overclock with delid.


Excellent

15 months ago.

4.50 GHz 8 threads 4 cores, Cache 8 MB


Excellent

5 months ago.

Still very powerfull in 2019 !


Excellent

14 days ago.

Great overclocking or undervolting


Outstanding

3 years ago.

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


Outstanding

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

16 months ago.

High VFM, aswell as oc capability


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