Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 vs Intel Core i7-4790K

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Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 CPU1 vs CPU2 Intel Core i7-4790K
Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Core i7-4790K

CPU comparison

In this CPU comparison, we compare the Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 and the Intel Core i7-4790K and use benchmarks to check which processor is faster.

We compare the Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 15 core processor released in Q1/2014 with the Intel Core i7-4790K which has 4 CPU cores and was introduced in Q2/2014.
Intel Xeon E7 (20) Family Intel Core i7 (298)
Intel Xeon E7 v2 (20) CPU group Intel Core i 4000 (DC) (2)
4 Generation 4
Ivy Bridge EX Architecture Devils Canyon S
Desktop / Server Segment Desktop / Server
-- Predecessor --
-- Successor --

CPU Cores and Base Frequency

The Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 is a 15 core processor with a clock frequency of 2.80 GHz (3.40 GHz). The processor can compute 30 threads at the same time. The Intel Core i7-4790K clocks with 4.00 GHz (4.40 GHz), has 4 CPU cores and can calculate 8 threads in parallel.

Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 Characteristic Intel Core i7-4790K
15 Cores 4
30 Threads 8
normal Core architecture normal
Yes Hyperthreading Yes
No Overclocking ? Yes
2.80 GHz Frequency 4.00 GHz
3.40 GHz Turbo Frequency (1 Core) 4.40 GHz
3.40 GHz Turbo Frequency (All Cores) 4.20 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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Characteristic Intel Core i7-4790K
-- 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.

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

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

Memory & PCIe

Up to 1536 GB of memory in a maximum of 4 memory channels is supported by the Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2, while the Intel Core i7-4790K supports a maximum of 32 GB of memory with a maximum memory bandwidth of 25.6 GB/s enabled.

Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 Characteristic Intel Core i7-4790K
DDR3-1600 Memory DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1600
1536 GB Max. Memory 32 GB
4 (Quad Channel) Memory channels 2 (Dual Channel)
51.2 GB/s Max. Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s
Yes ECC No
-- L2 Cache --
38.00 MB L3 Cache 8.00 MB
-- PCIe version 3.0
-- PCIe lanes 16
-- PCIe Bandwidth 15.8 GB/s

Thermal Management

The Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 has a TDP of 155 W. The TDP of the Intel Core i7-4790K is 88 W. System integrators use the TDP of the processor as a guide when dimensioning the cooling solution.

Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 Characteristic Intel Core i7-4790K
155 W TDP (PL1 / PBP) 88 W
-- TDP (PL2) --
-- TDP up --
-- TDP down --
-- Tjunction max. --

Technical details

The Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 has 38.00 MB cache and is manufactured in 22 nm. The cache of Intel Core i7-4790K is at 8.00 MB. The processor is manufactured in 22 nm.

Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 Characteristic Intel Core i7-4790K
22 nm Technology 22 nm
Monolithic Chip design Monolithic
x86-64 (64 bit) Instruction set (ISA) x86-64 (64 bit)
SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX ISA extensions SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2
LGA 2011 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
Q1/2014 Release date Q2/2014
4850 $ Release price 310 $
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Average performance in benchmarks

⌀ Single core performance in 2 CPU benchmarks
Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 (62%)
Intel Core i7-4790K (100%)
⌀ Multi core performance in 1 CPU benchmarks
Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 (100%)
Intel Core i7-4790K (52%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
731 (68%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
1073 (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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
94 (56%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
169 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
1630 (100%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
854 (52%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
64 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
262 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
1069 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
4936 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
4001 (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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
1387 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
4674 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.40 GHz
411 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
1982 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
@ 0.00 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
Intel HD Graphics 4600 @ 1.25 GHz
400 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
84 (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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
8058 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
407 (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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 3.40 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.20 GHz
456 (100%)

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 Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2
15C 30T @ 2.80 GHz
0 (0%)
Intel Core i7-4790K Intel Core i7-4790K
4C 8T @ 4.00 GHz
2311 (100%)

Devices using this processor

Intel Xeon E7-4890 v2 Intel Core i7-4790K
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