Intel Core i5-4690K vs Core i5-6500

General info

Comparing Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
7.94
 
4.39
Market segment
Desktop processor
 
Desktop processor
Series
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Intel Core i5 (Desktop)
Architecture codename
Devil's Canyon
 
Skylake
Launch date
2 June 2014 (7 years ago)
 
2 July 2015 (6 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$300
 
$192
Price now
$103 (0.3x MSRP)
 
$188 (1x MSRP)

Technical specs

Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500 basic parameters such as number of cores, number of threads, base frequency and turbo boost clock, lithography, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of CPU speed, though for more precise assessment you have to consider their test results.

Physical cores
4 (Quad-Core)
 
4 (Quad-Core)
Threads
4
 
4
Base clock speed
3.5 GHz
 
3.2 GHz
Boost clock speed
3.9 GHz
 
3.6 GHz
L1 cache
64 KB (per core)
 
64K (per core)
L2 cache
256 KB (per core)
 
256K (per core)
L3 cache
6 MB (shared)
 
6 MB (shared)
Chip lithography
22 nm
 
14 nm
Die size
177 mm2
 
177 mm2
Maximum core temperature
73 °C
 
71 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
72 °C
Number of transistors
1,400 million
 
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64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked multiplier
+
 
-

Compatibility

Information on Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500 compatibility with other computer components: motherboard (look for socket type), power supply unit (look for power consumption) etc. Useful when planning a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. Note that power consumption of some processors can well exceed their nominal TDP, even without overclocking. Some can even double their declared thermals given that the motherboard allows to tune the CPU power parameters.

Number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
FCLGA1150
 
FCLGA1151
Thermal design power (TDP)
88 Watt
 
65 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
-
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
+
My WiFi
+
 
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Turbo Boost Technology
2.0
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading Technology
-
 
-
TSX
-
 
+
Idle States
+
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
+
SIPP
-
 
+
FDI
+
 
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Security technologies

Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500 technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT
-
 
+
EDB
+
 
+
Secure Key
+
 
+
MPX
-
 
+
Identity Protection
+
 
+
SGX
no data
 
Yes with Intel® ME
OS Guard
+
 
+
Anti-Theft
+
 
no data

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500 are enumerated here.

AMD-V
-
 
+
VT-d
+
 
+
VT-x
+
 
+
EPT
+
 
+

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory types
DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600
 
DDR4-1866, DDR4-2133, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
64 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
 
34.1 GB/s

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Max video memory
2 GB
 
64 GB
Quick Sync Video
+
 
+
Clear Video
no data
 
+
Clear Video HD
+
 
+
Graphics max frequency
1.2 GHz
 
1.05 GHz
Execution Units
20
 
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InTru 3D
+
 
+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500 integrated GPUs.

Number of displays supported
3
 
3
eDP
+
 
+
DisplayPort
+
 
+
HDMI
+
 
+
DVI
no data
 
+
VGA
+
 
no data

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500 integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.

4K resolution support
no data
 
+
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
3840x2160@24Hz
 
4096x2304@24Hz
Max resolution over eDP
3840x2160@60Hz
 
4096x2304@60Hz
Max resolution over DisplayPort
3840x2160@60Hz
 
4096x2304@60Hz
Max resolution over VGA
1920x1200@60Hz
 
N/A

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.

DirectX
11.2/12
 
12
OpenGL
4.3
 
4.5

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500.

PCIe version
3.0
 
3.0
PCI Express lanes
16
 
16

Benchmark performance

Various benchmark results of the processors in comparison. Overall score is measured in points in 0-100 range, higher is better.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

i5-4690K 6.38
i5-6500 6.43 +0.8%

Passmark

Passmark CPU Mark is a widespread benchmark, consisting of 8 different types of workload, including integer and floating point math, extended instructions, compression, encryption and physics calculation. There is also one separate single-threaded scenario measuring single-core performance.

i5-4690K 5598
i5-6500 5643 +0.8%

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

i5-4690K 6560
i5-6500 6640 +1.2%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
47 Mh/s +17.5%
 
40 Mh/s −17.5%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i5-4690K and Core i5-6500 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately. Also, your gaming PC must have a decent enough GPU to perform well.

Both CPUs satisfy the 99% minimum and 91% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
99%
Recommended
91%
Minimum
99%
Recommended
91%

Competitors of Core i5-4690K from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-4690K from AMD is Ryzen Embedded V1404I, which is slower by 2% and lower by 13 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-4690K:

Competitors of Core i5-6500 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i5-6500 from AMD is Phenom II X6 1100T BE, which is faster by 2% and higher by 14 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to Core i5-6500:

Advantages of Intel Core i5-4690K

Cheaper ($103 vs $188)

Higher boost clock speed (3900 vs 3600 MHz)

Higher base clock speed (3500 vs 3200 MHz)

Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)

Unlocked

Advantages of Intel Core i5-6500

0.8% better performance in benchmarks

More powerful video core

Much newer (2 July 2015 vs 2 June 2014)

Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 22 nm)

Lower power consumption (65W vs 88W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

TSX-NI (Transactional Synchronization Extensions New Instructions - hardware acceleration of multithreaded calculations for Intel CPUs)

Quick Sync (hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. Speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality)

Virtualization (Hardware acceleration of virtual machines)

vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)

AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)

x86-64 (a general name for 64-bit extension of x86 instruction set. There are AMD64 and Intel 64 versions that differ very little)

TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)

TransactionalSynchronizationExtensionVersion

SIPP

MemoryProtectionExtensionsVersion

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between Intel Core i5-4690K and Intel Core i5-6500. The differences in performance seem too small.

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