Average Bench: 85.1% (45th of 1129)

more Based on 156,809 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: 85.1% Great: 99%
Gaming
Gaming 85%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 63%
Destroyer

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-4790K averaged just 14.8% 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 122Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 601Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 29.4%. 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 156,809 samples)
Min Avg Max
101 SC Int 122 136
96.7 SC Float 123 137
101 SC Mixed 121 135
97.6% 122 Pts
Min Avg Max
316 QC Int 411 508
332 QC Float 421 506
321 QC Mixed 415 503
94.2% 416 Pts
Min Avg Max
466 MC Int 601 683
495 MC Float 644 732
482 MC Mixed 631 719
93.6% 625 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 4.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 130
SC Float 125
SC Mixed 128
102% 128 Pts
QC Int 503
QC Float 487
QC Mixed 508
113% 499 Pts
MC Int 632
MC Float 614
MC Mixed 619
93% 622 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 120
94% 118 Pts
QC Int 418
QC Float 463
QC Mixed 474
102% 452 Pts
MC Int 593
MC Float 633
MC Mixed 625
92% 617 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 124
SC Float 132
SC Mixed 127
102% 128 Pts
QC Int 417
QC Float 435
QC Mixed 401
95% 418 Pts
MC Int 629
MC Float 677
MC Mixed 667
98% 658 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 110
SC Float 117
SC Mixed 119
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 351
QC Float 375
QC Mixed 355
82% 360 Pts
MC Int 615
MC Float 648
MC Mixed 640
95% 634 Pts
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Approx. $348 @ launch in Jun '14
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Desktop 80%
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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 4 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

5 days ago.

it is outdated now :( but was a good chip back from 2014 until early 2018 now the 8700K is boss

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

25 days ago.

Absolutely amazing, still runs like a dream a few years down the line.


Excellent

5 months ago.

i still am happy that it destroys other 90% CPU's. Its DEVIL CANYON.....YEAH i own it i7-4790K!!.......My BEAST!!....and a Strong Contender even now!!


Excellent

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

Simply a monster.! Top High-End of DDR3


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

29 days ago.

Cheap, powerful, enough calculations for this processor!


Outstanding

4 years ago.


Terrible

4 months ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Terrible

12 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

16 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

14 months ago.

it low for 4k


Outstanding

2 years ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Good

10 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

14 months ago.

GOOD CPU FOR GAMING


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

15 months ago.

its on par with skylake no need to update


Excellent

3 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

2 years ago.

Świetny procesor


Good

22 months 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

12 months ago.

4.8 GHz overclock with delid.


Excellent

6 months ago.

4.50 GHz 8 threads 4 cores, Cache 8 MB


Outstanding

2 years ago.

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


Outstanding

22 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

High VFM, aswell as oc capability


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