Intel Core i7-3970X vs Core i7-4790K

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Intel Core i7-3970X
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Intel Core i7-4790K
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Price now 262$
Games supported 96%

General info

Comparing Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture, sales start time and price.

Place in performance rating784815
Value for money2.303.13
Market segmentDesktop processorDesktop processor
Seriesno dataCore i7 (Desktop)
Architecture codenameSandy Bridge-E (2011−2013)Devil's Canyon
Release date1 November 2012 (9 years ago)1 June 2013 (9 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$593$339
Current price$389 (0.7x MSRP)$262 (0.8x MSRP)
Value for money

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Technical specs

Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K 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 cores6 (Hexa-Core)4 (Quad-Core)
Threads128
Base clock speed3.5 GHz4 GHz
Boost clock speed4 GHz4.4 GHz
L1 cache64 KB (per core)64K (per core)
L2 cache256 KB (per core)256K (per core)
L3 cache15 MB (shared)8 MB (shared)
Chip lithography32 nm22 nm
Die size435 mm2177 mm2
Maximum core temperature67 °C74 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)70 °C72 °C
Number of transistors2,270 million1,400 million
64 bit support++
Windows 11 compatibility--
Unlocked multiplier++

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K 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 configuration11
SocketFCLGA2011FCLGA1150
Thermal design power (TDP)150 Watt88 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.

Instruction set extensionsIntel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVXIntel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI++
AVX++
vPro-+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)++
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)++
My WiFino data+
Turbo Boost Technology2.02.0
Hyper-Threading Technology++
TSXno data-
TSXno data+
Idle States++
Thermal Monitoring++
SIPPno data-
Smart Response+no data
Demand Based Switching-no data
FDIno data+

Security technologies

Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K technologies aimed at improving security, for example, by protecting against hacks.

TXT-+
EDB++
Secure Keyno data+
Identity Protection++
OS Guardno data+
Anti-Theftno data+

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K are enumerated here.

AMD-Vno data+
VT-d++
VT-x++
EPT++

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel quantity of RAM supported by Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K. Depending on the motherboards, higher memory frequencies may be supported.

Supported memory typesDDR3DDR3
Maximum memory size64.45 GB32 GB
Max memory channels42
Maximum memory bandwidth51.2 GB/s25.6 GB/s
ECC memory support--

Graphics specifications

General parameters of integrated GPUs, if any.

Integrated graphics cardno dataIntel HD Graphics 4600
Max video memoryno data2 GB
Quick Sync Videono data+
Clear Video HDno data+
Graphics max frequencyno data1.25 GHz
Execution Unitsno data20
InTru 3Dno data+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K integrated GPUs.

Number of displays supportedno data3
eDPno data+
DisplayPortno data+
HDMIno data+
DVIno data+
VGAno data+

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.

Max resolution over HDMI 1.4no data3840x2160@24Hz
Max resolution over eDPno data3840x2160@60Hz
Max resolution over DisplayPortno data3840x2160@60Hz
Max resolution over VGAno data1920x1200@60Hz

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.

DirectXno data11.2/12
OpenGLno data4.3

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K.

PCIe version2.03.0
PCI Express lanes4016

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.

i7-3970X 8.33
+4.3%
i7-4790K 7.99
  • Passmark
  • GeekBench 5 Single-Core
  • GeekBench 5 Multi-Core
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Physics

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.

Benchmark coverage: 68%

i7-3970X 8396
+4.2%
i7-4790K 8058

Benchmark coverage: 37%

i7-3970X 787
i7-4790K 1060
+34.7%

Benchmark coverage: 37%

i7-3970X 4730
+19.8%
i7-4790K 3948

Benchmark coverage: 4%

i7-3970X 12900
+20.6%
i7-4790K 10700

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-3970X and Core i7-4790K. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 7.4 Mh/s 53 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 8.33 7.99
Novelty 1 November 2012 1 June 2013
Cost $593 $339
Boost clock speed 4000 4400
Base clock speed 3500 4000
Chip lithography 32 nm 22 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 150 Watt 88 Watt

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Intel Core i7-3970X

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Competitors of Core i7-3970X by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-3970X from AMD is Ryzen 5 PRO 2400G, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of Core i7-4790K by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-4790K from AMD is Ryzen Embedded V1756B, which is faster by 2% and higher by 16 positions in our rating.

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