Intel Core i7-4790K vs Intel Core i5-4460

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Intel Core i7-4790K CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i5-4460
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i5-4460

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Core i7-4790K and the Intel Core i5-4460 and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Intel Core i7-4790K 4 core processor released in Q2/2014 with the Intel Core i5-4460 which has 4 CPU cores and was introduced in Q2/2014.
Intel Core i7 (298) Family Intel Core i5 (331)
Intel Core i 4000 (DC) (2) CPU group Intel Core i 4000 (64)
4 Generation 4
Devils Canyon S Architecture Haswell S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Core i7-4790K is a 4 core processor with a clock frequency of 4.00 GHz (4.40 GHz). The processor can compute 8 threads at the same time. The Intel Core i5-4460 clocks with 3.20 GHz (3.40 GHz), has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 4 threads in parallel.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Core i5-4460
4 Cores 4
8 Threads 4
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading No
Yes Overclocking ? No
4.00 GHz Frequency 3.20 GHz
4.40 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.40 GHz
4.20 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.30 GHz

NPU AI performance

The performance values of the processor's AI unit. The isolated NPU performance is specified here, the total AI performance (NPU+CPU+iGPU) can be higher. Processors with support for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Core i5-4460
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --
-- NPU + CPU + iGPU --

Integrated graphics (iGPU)

Graphics (iGPU) integrated into the processor not only enable image output without having to rely on a dedicated graphics solution, but can also efficiently accelerate video playback.

Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU Intel HD Graphics 4600
0.35 GHz GPU frequency 0.35 GHz
1.25 GHz GPU (Turbo) 1.10 GHz
7.5 GPU Generation 7.5
22 nm Technology 22 nm
3 Max. displays 3
20 Compute units 20
160 Shader 160
No Hardware Raytracing No
No Frame Generation No
2 GB Max. GPU Memory 2 GB
11.1 DirectX Version 11.1

Hardware codec support

A photo or video codec that is accelerated in hardware can greatly accelerate the working speed of a processor and extend the battery life of notebooks or smartphones when playing videos.

Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU Intel HD Graphics 4600
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 Decode / Encode
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC Decode / Encode
Decode Codec VC-1 Decode
Decode Codec JPEG Decode

Memory & PCIe

Up to 32 GB of memory in a maximum of 2 memory channels is supported by the Intel Core i7-4790K, while the Intel Core i5-4460 supports a maximum of 32 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 25.6 GB/s enabled.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Core i5-4460
DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1600 Memory DDR3-1600
32 GB Max. Memory 32 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
25.6 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s
No ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
8.00 MB L3 Cache 6.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 16
15.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 15.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i7-4790K has a TDP of 88 W. The TDP of the Intel Core i5-4460 is 84 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Core i5-4460
88 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 84 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Intel Core i7-4790K has 8.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 22 nm. The cache of Intel Core i5-4460 is at 6.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 22 nm.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Core i5-4460
22 nm Technology 22 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2 ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
LGA 1150 Socket LGA 1150
VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d Virtualization VT-x, VT-x EPT, VT-d
Yes AES-NI Yes
Windows 10, Linux Operating systems Windows 10, Linux
Q2/2014 Release date Q2/2014
310 $ Release price 187 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 5 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i7-4790K (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 (76%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 6 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i7-4790K (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 (62%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Single-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
1073 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
794 (74%)

Geekbench 5, 64bit (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 5 is a cross plattform benchmark that heavily uses the systems memory. A fast memory will push the result a lot. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
4001 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
2722 (68%)

Geekbench 6 (Single-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The single-core benchmark only evaluates the performance of the fastest CPU core, the number of CPU cores in a processor is irrelevant here.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
1387 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
1027 (74%)

Geekbench 6 (Multi-Core)

Geekbench 6 is a benchmark for modern computers, notebooks and smartphones. What is new is an optimized utilization of newer CPU architectures, e.g. based on the big.LITTLE concept and combining CPU cores of different sizes. The multi-core benchmark evaluates the performance of all of the processor's CPU cores. Virtual thread improvements such as AMD SMT or Intel's Hyper-Threading have a positive impact on the benchmark result.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
4674 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
3161 (68%)

Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
411 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
325 (79%)

Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R20 is the successor of Cinebench R15 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
1982 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
1177 (59%)

iGPU - FP32 Performance (Single-precision GFLOPS)

The theoretical computing performance of the internal graphics unit of the processor with simple accuracy (32 bit) in GFLOPS. GFLOPS indicates how many billion floating point operations the iGPU can perform per second.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
Intel HD Graphics 4600 @ 1.25 GHz
400 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
Intel HD Graphics 4600 @ 1.10 GHz
352 (88%)

Estimated results for PassMark CPU Mark

Some of the CPUs listed below have been benchmarked by CPU-monkey. However the majority of CPUs have not been tested and the results have been estimated by a CPU-monkey’s secret proprietary formula. As such they do not accurately reflect the actual Passmark CPU mark values and are not endorsed by PassMark Software Pty Ltd.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
8058 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
4861 (60%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Single-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
456 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
353 (77%)

CPU-Z Benchmark 17 (Multi-Core)

The CPU-Z benchmark measures a processor's performance by measuring the time it takes the system to complete all benchmark calculations. The faster the benchmark is completed, the higher the score.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
2311 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.20 GHz
1369 (59%)

Cinebench R15 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
169 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
132 (78%)

Cinebench R15 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R15 is the successor of Cinebench 11.5 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
854 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
477 (56%)

Cinebench 2024 (Single-Core)

The Cinebench 2024 benchmark is based on the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxon's 3D program Cinema 4D. The benchmark runs are each 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
64 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench 2024 (Multi-Core)

The Multi-Core test of the Cinebench 2024 benchmark uses all cpu cores to render using the Redshift rendering engine, which is also used in Maxons Cinema 4D. The benchmark run is 10 minutes long to test whether the processor is limited by its heat generation.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
262 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The single-core test only uses one CPU core, the amount of cores or hyperthreading ability doesn't count.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
1069 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)

Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Cinebench R23 is the successor of Cinebench R20 and is also based on the Cinema 4 Suite. Cinema 4 is a worldwide used software to create 3D forms. The multi-core test involves all CPU cores and taks a big advantage of hyperthreading.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
4936 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)

Blender 3.1 Benchmark

In the Blender Benchmark 3.1, the scenes "monster", "junkshop" and "classroom" are rendered and the time required by the system is measured. In our benchmark we test the CPU and not the graphics card. Blender 3.1 was presented as a standalone version in March 2022.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
84 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)

Blender 2.81 (bmw27)

Blender is a free 3D graphics software for rendering (creating) 3D bodies, which can also be textured and animated in the software. The Blender benchmark creates predefined scenes and measures the time (s) required for the entire scene. The shorter the time required, the better. We selected bmw27 as the benchmark scene.
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
407 (100%)
Intel Core i5-4460 Intel Core i5-4460
4C 4T @ 3.30 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

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