Intel Core i7-4790K vs Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2

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Intel Core i7-4790K CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Core i7-4790K and the Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 which has 8 CPU cores and was introduced in Q3/2013.
Intel Core i7 (298) Family Intel Xeon E5 (71)
Intel Core i 4000 (DC) (2) CPU group Intel Xeon E5 v2 (15)
4 Generation 4
Devils Canyon S Architecture Ivy Bridge EP
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3

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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 clocks with 2.60 GHz (3.40 GHz), has 8 CPU cores and can calculate 16 threads in parallel.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
4 Cores 8
8 Threads 16
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
Yes Overclocking ? No
4.00 GHz Frequency 2.60 GHz
4.40 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 3.40 GHz
4.20 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 3.00 GHz

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Processors with the support of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can process many calculations, especially audio, image and video processing, much faster than classic processors. Algorithms for ML improve their performance the more data they have collected via software. ML tasks can be processed up to 10,000 times faster than with a classic processor.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
-- AI hardware --
-- AI specifications --

Internal Graphics

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

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 no iGPU
No Codec h265 / HEVC (8 bit) No
No Codec h265 / HEVC (10 bit) No
Decode / Encode Codec h264 No
No Codec VP9 No
No Codec VP8 No
No Codec AV1 No
Decode / Encode Codec AVC No
Decode Codec VC-1 No
Decode Codec JPEG No

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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 supports a maximum of 768 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 51.2 GB/s enabled.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1600 Memory DDR3-1600
32 GB Max. Memory 768 GB
2 (Dual Channel) Memory channels 4 (Quad Channel)
25.6 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 51.2 GB/s
No ECC Yes
-- L2 Cache --
8.00 MB L3 Cache 20.00 MB
3.0 PCIe version 3.0
16 PCIe lanes 40
15.8 GB/s PCIe Bandwidth 39.4 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Core i7-4790K has a TDP of 88 W. The TDP of the Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 is 95 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
88 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 95 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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 is at 20.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 22 nm.

Intel Core i7-4790K Characteristic Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
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, AVX
LGA 1150 Socket LGA 2011
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 Q3/2013
310 $ Release price 900 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 5 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i7-4790K (100%)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 (62%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 6 CPU benchmarks
Intel Core i7-4790K (83%)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 (97%)

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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.40 GHz
622 (58%)

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 (82%)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
4893 (100%)

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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.40 GHz
632 (46%)

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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
3808 (81%)

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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.40 GHz
249 (61%)

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 (92%)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
2166 (100%)

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 (61%)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
13236 (100%)

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 @ 4.20 GHz
456 (100%)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
312 (68%)

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 (77%)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 2.60 GHz
3008 (100%)

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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.40 GHz
128 (76%)

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 (88%)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
966 (100%)

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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
@ 0.00 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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.00 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 Xeon E5-2650 v2 Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
8C 16T @ 3.00 GHz
0 (0%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2
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