Average Bench: 74.9% (67th of 1182)

more Based on 247,619 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 25.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 122Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 237Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 30.5%. 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 629Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 622Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 247,619 samples)
Min Avg Max
99 1-Core 122 138
187 2-Core 237 271
84.8% 179 Pts
Min Avg Max
325 4-Core 422 510
464 8-Core 622 716
67.3% 522 Pts
Min Avg Max
494 64-Core 629 716
42.2% 629 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 131
2-Core 258
92% 195 Pts
4-Core 488
8-Core 679
76% 583 Pts
64-Core 680
46% 680 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 120
2-Core 229
83% 174 Pts
4-Core 422
8-Core 632
68% 527 Pts
64-Core 644
43% 644 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
1-Core 116
2-Core 227
81% 172 Pts
4-Core 388
8-Core 630
65% 509 Pts
64-Core 639
43% 639 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 128
2-Core 242
88% 185 Pts
4-Core 357
8-Core 494
55% 426 Pts
64-Core 678
46% 678 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,208,212 CPUs tested.

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Gaming 50%
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Desktop
Desktop 76%
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Workstation
Workstation 52%
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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

2 days ago.

This CPU is one of the most long-lasting competitors out there. Five years after launch, it still keeps up with the big boys. I have no reason to upgrade until at least 2020.

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

13 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

1 day ago.

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


Good

9 days ago.

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


Poor

7 days ago.

The best of the best for ddr3 memory


Good

2 days ago.

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


Terrible

12 days ago.

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


Terrible

12 days ago.

poor value


Terrible

23 days ago.

i am co at 5.2ghz on water ,love toplay with this cpu


Terrible

8 days ago.

Recurring security flaws really gimped the performance on my system.


Terrible

13 days ago.

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


Excellent

4 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


Terrible

26 days ago.

Cheap, powerful, enough calculations for this processor!


Excellent

6 months ago.

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


Terrible

25 days ago.

i have it at 4.8 and it still keeps pace


Outstanding

5 years ago.


Terrible

7 days ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Terrible

6 days ago.

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


Terrible

24 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

7 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

10 months ago.

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


Outstanding

3 years ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Good

21 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

2 years ago.

GOOD CPU FOR GAMING


Excellent

16 months ago.

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


Excellent

8 months ago.

Still going strong


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

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

23 months ago.

4.8 GHz overclock with delid.


Excellent

17 months ago.

4.50 GHz 8 threads 4 cores, Cache 8 MB


Excellent

7 months ago.

Still very powerfull in 2019 !


Excellent

2 months 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

18 months ago.

High VFM, aswell as oc capability


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