Average Bench: 85.8% (64th of 1158)

more Based on 211,195 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: 69%Average: 85.8% Great: 99%
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 14.1% 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 604Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 30.1%. 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 632Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 211,195 samples)
Min Avg Max
103 SC Int 123 136
99.5 SC Float 123 137
101 SC Mixed 122 137
98.1% 123 Pts
Min Avg Max
321 QC Int 415 506
338 QC Float 425 507
322 QC Mixed 419 502
95.1% 420 Pts
Min Avg Max
510 MC Int 604 677
539 MC Float 644 724
529 MC Mixed 632 711
93.8% 626 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
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)
SC Int 129
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 130
103% 129 Pts
QC Int 477
QC Float 475
QC Mixed 461
107% 471 Pts
MC Int 636
MC Float 688
MC Mixed 675
100% 666 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 128
SC Float 128
SC Mixed 128
103% 128 Pts
QC Int 414
QC Float 414
QC Mixed 416
94% 415 Pts
MC Int 642
MC Float 688
MC Mixed 675
100% 668 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz
SC Int 120
SC Float 120
SC Mixed 120
96% 120 Pts
QC Int 454
QC Float 390
QC Mixed 433
97% 426 Pts
MC Int 602
MC Float 646
MC Mixed 632
94% 627 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 108
SC Mixed 118
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 382
QC Float 382
QC Mixed 395
88% 386 Pts
MC Int 610
MC Float 602
MC Mixed 636
92% 616 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 118
SC Mixed 117
92% 114 Pts
QC Int 398
QC Float 409
QC Mixed 382
90% 397 Pts
MC Int 451
MC Float 566
MC Mixed 589
80% 535 Pts
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Gaming 63%
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Desktop
Desktop 81%
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Workstation
Workstation 59%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $991

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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 4 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

16 days ago.

Mine has been on 24/7/365 since 2015. I haven't really found it necessary to overclock to play any game I've thrown at it. It's the best processor I've used. The only downside to it (them - I have 2) is that z97 mobos are fully twice the the price they were in '14, '15. I think this price increase is a direct result of so many Devils Canyon cpus out there sill kicking ass.

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

10 days ago.

Beste Leben


Excellent

6 days ago.

fast good all round cpu


Terrible

4 hrs ago.

BEST GAMING CPU. BETTER THAN 6700K


Excellent

9 days ago.

Been running 2 i7-4790k with 32GB of ram as terminal servers with an average of 12 users each since mid 2014. Never had a complaint about speed or any other issues. My main desktop is another i7-4790k (same age) clocked to 4.8 and running 5 monitors. Though I am in the middle of replacing them as terminal servers, I will continue to keep them online for years to come. Very happy 4790k user.


Excellent

19 days ago.

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


Good

22 days ago.

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


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

8 months ago.

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


Poor

4 months ago.

Simply a monster.! Top High-End of DDR3


Excellent

1 month 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

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

8 months ago.

Cheap, powerful, enough calculations for this processor!


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

i have it at 4.8 and it still keeps pace


Outstanding

4 years ago.


Terrible

11 months ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Excellent

7 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

20 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

3 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

23 months 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

21 months ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

6 months ago.

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


Outstanding

3 years ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Good

17 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

22 months ago.

GOOD CPU FOR GAMING


Excellent

12 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

Still going strong


Excellent

22 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

19 months ago.

4.8 GHz overclock with delid.


Excellent

13 months ago.

4.50 GHz 8 threads 4 cores, Cache 8 MB


Excellent

3 months ago.

Still very powerfull in 2019 !


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

14 months ago.

High VFM, aswell as oc capability


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