Average Bench: 78.9% (251st of 1442)

more Based on 455,746 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]

Poor: 67%Average: 78.9% Great: 87%
Gaming
Gaming 79%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 83%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4790K averaged 21.0% 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. Memory Latency 88.1Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 114Pts

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is just 19.9%. 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 Speed 573Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 560Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 455,746 samples)
Min Avg Max
74.8 Memory 88.1 96.8
83.7 1-Core 114 128
169 2-Core 216 248
79.7% 139 Pts
Min Avg Max
285 4-Core 378 433
406 8-Core 560 643
58.4% 469 Pts
Min Avg Max
423 64-Core 573 654
35.5% 573 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 93
1-Core 116
2-Core 221
82% 143 Pts
4-Core 380
8-Core 647
62% 513 Pts
64-Core 649
40% 649 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.9
1-Core 108
2-Core 217
77% 136 Pts
4-Core 376
8-Core 606
60% 491 Pts
64-Core 598
37% 598 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 79.7
1-Core 108
2-Core 190
72% 126 Pts
4-Core 361
8-Core 606
59% 484 Pts
64-Core 589
36% 589 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

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Typical Core i7-4790K Builds (Compare 6,755 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 42%
Speed boat
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 36%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Above average Total price: $648

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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 9 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

15 days ago.

Late getting this PC; but what a beast. It shatters my i7 3770; and with a Azrock Killer board; how can you go wrong.

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

Comment 

Still without fault 10 years later—May '22


Excellent

7 months ago.

VERY VERY good processor pretty powerfull for his age and its still works very well in 2023 its a 3.6ghz processor with a 4GHZ BOOST ?! yeah very powerfull for an old cpu


Poor

1 month ago.

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


Good

15 days ago.

a 2014 cpu performs better than a 2017 one


Terrible

1 month ago.

4.6GH i milk every penny of this beast


Good

9 months ago.

A beast even after 5 years !!!


Good

1 month ago.

10 years old, and still rock solid performance and never giving any kind of problems. This a cpu to hold.


Good

27 days ago.

i bought a pc with the i7 4790k for school, i was amazed by it's performance, it's a 4th gen one but it is pretty fast.


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


Good

5 months ago.

Looking at the user benchmark comparisons from this site, it looks like the i7-4790k really only starts to get outclassed when compared to the 8th and 9th gen CPUs. Not sure if Intel just really hit it out of the park with the i7-4790k back in 2014, or if Intel hasn't really been innovating as much after that. i7-4790k released Q2 2014, i7-6900k released Q2 2016 +2% faster, i7-7700k released Q1 2017 +10% faster, i7-8700k released Q4 2017 +19% faster, i7-9700k released Q4 2018 +27% faster


Excellent

15 days ago.

Probably the best CPU that supports DDR3 and still running AAA titles like a CHAMP!


Excellent

22 days ago.

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


Excellent

18 months ago.

Recurring security flaws really gimped the performance on my system.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Still handles an RTX 2070 in 2020 and it's from 2014!!


Poor

3 months ago.

Worked really well until now, still a beast in performance


Excellent

15 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

12 months ago.

Had this for 7 years and it still works fine. But now is the time to upgrade


Good

2 years ago.

overheats easily with good air cooling unless changing volt/frequency settings


Excellent

8 months ago.

For its age I think this CPU really punches above it's grade, especially when overclocked!


Outstanding

9 years ago.


Excellent

3 years ago.

vary guds better than michael's


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Poor

4 years ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Excellent

5 months ago.

Have this cpu from 2014, still runs great


Excellent

6 months ago.

This CPU is on top, the i9 13900KS is literally just 63% better


Terrible

5 years 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

6 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

6 years ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

10 months ago.

My first "real" PC , I used it for three year, very very reliable, but high temp, and poor in "creator" mode (video editig, rendering) good for gaming. In general a nice CPU


Excellent

3 years ago.

Hey Im the guy from the USA who is always #1 with the Asrock Extreme9. Seems like I should get like some kind of award? Thanks


Excellent

5 years ago.

Still going strong


Outstanding

8 years ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Excellent

6 years ago.

GOOD CPU FOR GAMING


Good

6 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

3 years ago.

Still holding up amazingly after 5 years.


Excellent

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

From 2014 and still a beast 6 years later


Excellent

2 years ago.

999999999 fps


Excellent

2 years ago.

One of the best CPU's to have come out of Intel. Still going strong in 2022 with an Overclock and no need to switch anytime soon.


Excellent

4 years 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


Excellent

4 years ago.

Still Superior quad-core performance even though far outdated by now


Excellent

6 years ago.

its on par with skylake no need to update


Excellent

9 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

8 years ago.

Świetny procesor


Good

7 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

6 years ago.

4.8 GHz overclock with delid.


Excellent

5 years ago.

4.50 GHz 8 threads 4 cores, Cache 8 MB


Excellent

5 years ago.

Still very powerfull in 2019 !


Excellent

4 years ago.

Great overclocking or undervolting


Excellent

3 years ago.

It is still a great cpu 6 years later


Excellent

23 months ago.

Really Fast. Made my aging desktop fast again.


Excellent

17 months ago.

I couldn't have chosen a better CPU. 2022 and I'm using a CPU from 2014. The alleyway talk was true its a beast. This thing just rips through everything i deal it. Proven power and reliability.


Outstanding

7 years ago.

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


Outstanding

7 years ago.

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


Excellent

6 years ago.

High VFM, aswell as oc capability


Excellent

3 years ago.

The 4790k continues to hold up as a robust chip with plenty of overclocking potential. It's more than adequate for gaming at standard refresh rates and as a general-purpose computer CPU it will easily last for years to come. With a good overclock and an adequate cooling solution, it remains competent even in more demanding modern gaming titles. I'm convinced this is one of the chips they'll write stories about even 10 years from now thanks to its legendary and rock-solid performance. Definitely one for the CPU hall of fame.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Just picked one up on the 'bay for $145. I have it on an Arctic Freezer II 280. Overclocked to 4.8 ghz. It's ballin' no problem. I'm holding out for maybe 2 years to upgrade, we'll see. Bought it for fun and to try overclocking.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Perfect to overclock and compete with 10th Gen i7's in gaming.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Bought this cpu approx. 6 years ago and it has been a true beast. Originally, I just had it at stock speed of 4.0 GHz with 4.4GHz turbo speed paired with a liquid cooler. Recently, I overclocked it to 4.8 GHz and it still shines 6 years later.


Excellent

4 months ago.

Worked great for me for years, but time for an upgrade. Still an awesome CPU.


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