Average Bench: 84.7% (48th of 1137)

more Based on 159,782 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: 84.7% Great: 98%
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 15.2% 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

Multi Core Integer Speed 604Pts
Single Core Integer Speed 122Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-4790K is 29.8%. 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 647Pts
Quad Core Floating Point Speed 417Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 159,782 samples)
Min Avg Max
99.2 SC Int 122 136
94.6 SC Float 122 137
98.3 SC Mixed 121 136
97.3% 122 Pts
Min Avg Max
310 QC Int 403 494
334 QC Float 417 511
317 QC Mixed 411 496
93% 410 Pts
Min Avg Max
488 MC Int 604 678
531 MC Float 647 728
510 MC Mixed 635 716
94.1% 629 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 4.9 GHz, turbo 5.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 145
SC Float 145
SC Mixed 137
114% 142 Pts
QC Int 548
QC Float 548
QC Mixed 533
123% 543 Pts
MC Int 722
MC Float 750
MC Mixed 746
111% 739 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 125
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 110
98% 122 Pts
QC Int 437
QC Float 441
QC Mixed 440
100% 439 Pts
MC Int 644
MC Float 713
MC Mixed 688
102% 682 Pts
SOCKET 1150, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 113
SC Float 117
SC Mixed 117
93% 116 Pts
QC Int 372
QC Float 400
QC Mixed 399
88% 390 Pts
MC Int 614
MC Float 650
MC Mixed 582
92% 615 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,150,674 CPUs tested.

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Approx. $348 @ launch in Jun '14
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Typical Core i7-4790K Builds (Compare 12,979 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 63%
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Desktop
Desktop 80%
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Workstation
Workstation 58%
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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

3 days ago.

Before intel lost competition

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

6 days ago.

bad


Excellent

6 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!!


Terrible

3 days ago.

karo pordos


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

26 days ago.

Simply a monster.! Top High-End of DDR3


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

Cheap, powerful, enough calculations for this processor!


Outstanding

4 years ago.


Terrible

5 months ago.

sus cualidades no justifican el precio


Excellent

27 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

13 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

17 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

15 months ago.

it low for 4k


Excellent

11 days ago.

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


Outstanding

2 years ago.

really fast even not overclocked


Good

11 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

15 months ago.

GOOD CPU FOR GAMING


Excellent

6 months ago.

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


Excellent

16 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

23 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

13 months ago.

4.8 GHz overclock with delid.


Excellent

7 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

23 months ago.

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


Excellent

8 months ago.

High VFM, aswell as oc capability


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