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Intel Core i7-4790K Processor- BX80646I74790K Reviews

hapkiman

Great processor. As fast as it gets in this range. #1. Period.

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Pros: Super fast in both multi-threaded and single-threaded tasks. Idles extremely cool. Strangely cool in fact, but in a good way.

Cons: Not quite the OC'er Intel wanted us to think it was. But has 4.0 stock & 4.4GHz boost, so that's ok. Runs warm when OC'ed.

I have to say that overall I am extremely pleased with my i7 4790k purchase and it's performance. It is so incredibly fast, and is actually just a hair shy of a $500 i7 3930k in most tasks which says a lot. That really is a big deal for a $300 proc. The 4790k idles strangely cool, in the low 20's (C) with my Corsair H80i, and is about 8-10C cooler than an i7 4770k at idle all things being equal. And it stays around 45-48C under work load such as gaming, etc. It is a real beast of a processor. However, overclocking is not as great as we thought it would be. I think Intel's early claims of a new improved TIM and voltage regulation was an exaggeration, and it still doesn't come close...
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ThatOneReviewer

Great Processor, Not too expensive and high performance

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Pros: Relatively low price (pushed down by release of newer models) and high performance

Cons: Not as efficient as newer generation Intel Cpu's, also more expensive than competing AMD Models

https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FmmHY8Kj4vCk%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DmmHY8Kj4vCk&docid=8z9FqSjuTUvSMM&tbnid=eNWSvvOkjpyWUM%3A&w=1280&h=720&bih=923&biw=1280&ved=0ahUKEwiRo9_l09DNAhUGK8AKHeekAx8QMwgfKAEwAQ&iact=mrc&uact=8 I have to say, when I bought this thing for around £250, I was surprised at the level of its performance. Sure, its an unlocked i7 processor and you should expect good performance from it, but wow, was it a step up from my old AMD FX-8350. Right, so the review. Okay, so this is the Intel Haswell i7-4790k. Now, the K is crucial, as to those unawares, it means it is unlocked, and...
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cat1092

Nice Upgrade for OEM PC's!

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Pros: Runs as cool as the stock i7-4770 that shipped with my XPS 8700.

Cons: That Dell took so long to release a BIOS (A11) for the chip to run on properly.

This CPU is a very nice one, compared to the i7-4770 that shipped in my XPS 8700. Was going to purchase long ago, but Dell didn't have proper support for the chip. The A11 BIOS changed that, now there are two performance options to choose from, plus stock (4.0GHz w/4.4GHz Turbo). I decided to stick with stock to keep temps down, plus it's fast anyway. What I didn't like was the ages old push pin type of install clips for the cooler, so after a tip I read on the Internet, snipped the clips off from the bottom & pushed through the top. Then used 4 optical drive screws to replace the push pins. Also removed the preinstalled thermal paste & used my favorite, MX-4 instead, placing a small pea...
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numbrs

Perfect for consumer grade gaming builds.

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Pros: Very fast at stock speeds (4.0GHz, 4.4GHZ Turbo), Runs quite cool even under air, For heavy gaming overclock not necessarily needed.

Cons: Price point (albeit not unreasonable), Not the "best" for OC without water loops, Stock cooler is very sub-par.

I bought this chip because it was the best bang for my buck at the time. You cannot compare it to the performance of a 5960X (obviously), but i have found it to be a very reliable and powerful component when it comes to single-gpu gaming. When paired with a high end graphics unit, like a GTX 980 or R9 290x, it runs games blisteringly fast. Thermal properties are very impressive: with a 212 EVO air cooler under turbo speeds, I have yet to reach >= 80 °F (or 176 °C) after 5 hours of consistent Ultra settings gaming. Folding @ home 24/7 is no problem either, as the chip bottoms out at 73-78 °C even after a full day of processing. I get an average of 24758 Points Per Day (PPD) without any...
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Stream12

Runs hot

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Pros: Extremely fast

Cons: Runs hot

This is an extremely fast processor, however in my opinion, gamers stick to an i5. I previously had an i5 4690k at 3.5ghz and that was enough. I upgraded to this beast because it was part of Intel's holiday deal. After installing it the computer remained relatively the same speed for most basic tasks and for gaming. The real benefit for me is when I rendered the occasional video. However that came at the cost of a lot of heat. I used the stock cooler on both and the i5 idled at around 35c while the i7 idled at around 42c. Definitely need to upgrade the cooler with this thing or its not gonna be able to use its full potential. Maybe I got a lemon but with the stock cooler prime95 was...
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