I7 4770k vs I7 4790k Which is Worth Buying in 2016? Comparison & Benchmark

This is a commonly asked question around the world because of the price difference & performance; we’re here to compare the two and show you some benchmark results and help you decide which of them is more worthwhile.

As you would expect, the I7 4790k is a direct upgrade / latest version of the I7 4770k however the price is also different while the performance bonus may not be worth paying the extra money, perhaps the I7 4770k may even outperform the I7 4790k in particular scenarios, we will test both of them in similar situations & builds in a large variety of environments.


Our Review of the I7 4770k vs I7 4790k Debate


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I7 4790k

The I7 4790k, in theory, is a superior version of the 4770k, it is known for its high performance in gaming & should be a safe buy regardless of whatever conclusion we reach in this article, it has been tested by thousands of people, and it has outstanding performance overall.


I7 4790k Specifications:

  • 4 Cores
  • 8 Threads
  • 4 GHz Base Frequency
  • 4.4 GHz Turbo Frequency
  • 88 W Power Consumption
  • 1150 Socket


It has a very high base frequency of 4Ghz which correlates with its single core high performance shown in gaming, it also goes up to 4.4Ghz due to Turbo, you can even turn this CPU into a complete monster if you decide to overclock it, even though it already has extraordinary performance without being overclocked. The CPU costs slightly over 300$ which is not exactly a small amount, as such if you overclock we recommend you to take the required precautions.



I7 4770k


The I7 4770k is the previous version of the 4790k, like the former it has a great performance in gaming that is easily comparable to the 4790k; it’s also considered a safe buy & worth the investment as well, however, we’re here to find which is better regarding money efficiency & performance.


I7 4770k Specifications:

  • 4 Cores
  • 8 Threads
  • 3.5 GHz Base Frequency
  • 3.9 GHz Turbo Frequency
  • 84 W Power Consumption
  • 1150 Socket

It has -500 Mhz Base Frequency than the 4790k and that’s a noticeable difference and a huge difference of -600 Mhz in Turbo, during gaming your CPU will most likely go on Turbo for highest performance available and as such it’s a huge 600Mhz difference. However, it’s around the same price as the I7 4790k which was a big surprise for us; that makes things clear, it simply can’t compete with the 4790K.





CPU Performance Comparison power consumption


As you can see there’s still some difference between both CPU regarding performance; the I7 4790k is ~9% better than the I7 4770k however the I7 4770k also has a little bit less power consumption than the I7 4790k, but it’s nothing noticeable.


I7 4770k vs I7 4790k Benchmark Conclusion

We’ve reached the conclusion that after this I7 4770k vs I7 4790k comparison we would rather get the I7 4790k because since the price is around the same, there’s no reason not to get it with such a noticeable difference between them of 9% performance. Either way, both of them are high performing CPU’s, and both of them are a safe purchase if you are looking for high quality & high performing CPU’s.

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