Intel Core i7-4790 vs AMD FX-9590

Intel Core i7-4790
AMD FX-9590

General info

Comparing Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
10.54
 
15.97
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
Core i7 (Desktop)
 
n/d
Achitecture codename
Haswell
 
Vishera
Release date
1 April 2014
 
July 2013
Launch price (MSRP)
$303
 
n/d
Price now
$279
 
$188

Technical specs

Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
4
 
8
Number of threads
8
 
8
Maximum frequency
4 GHz
 
5 GHz
L1 cache
64K (per core)
 
n/d
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
8192 KB
L3 cache
8 MB
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
22 nm
 
32 nm
Die size
177 mm2
 
315 mm2
Maximum core temperature
73 °C
 
57 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
n/d
Transistor count
1400 Million
 
1,200 million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
-
 
+
P0 Vcore voltage
n/d
 
Min: 1.375 V - Max: 1.5375 V

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
1
Socket
FCLGA1150
 
AM3+
Power consumption (TDP)
84 Watt
 
220 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-4790 and FX-9590. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
 
n/d
AES-NI
+
 
+
FMA
-
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
+
 
n/d
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
n/d
My WiFi
+
 
n/d
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
n/d
Hyper-Threading
+
 
n/d
Idle States
+
 
n/d
Thermal Monitoring
+
 
-
SIPP
+
 
-
FDI
+
 
n/d

Security technologies

Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
n/d
EDB
+
 
n/d
Secure Key
+
 
n/d
Identity Protection
+
 
-
OS Guard
+
 
n/d
Anti-Theft
+
 
n/d

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 are enumerated here.
AMD-V
+
 
+
VT-d
+
 
n/d
VT-x
+
 
n/d
EPT
+
 
n/d

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-4790 and FX-9590.
Supported memory types
DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600
 
Not Listed
Maximum memory size
32 GB
 
n/d
Max memory channels
2
 
n/d
Maximum memory bandwidth
25.6 GB / s
 
n/d

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Core i7-4790 and FX-9590.
Integrated graphics
Intel HD Graphics 4600 (350 - 1200 MHz)
 
n/d
Graphics max frequency
1.2 GHz
 
n/d
Max video memory
2 GB
 
n/d
Quick Sync
+
 
-
Clear Video HD
+
 
n/d
InTru 3D
+
 
n/d

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
3
 
n/d
eDP
+
 
n/d
DisplayPort
+
 
-
HDMI
+
 
-
DVI
+
 
n/d
VGA
+
 
n/d

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
4096x2304@24Hz
 
n/d
Max resolution over eDP
3840x2160@60Hz
 
n/d
Max resolution over DisplayPort
3840x2160@60Hz
 
n/d
Max resolution over VGA
1920x1200@60Hz
 
n/d

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
11.2 / 12
 
n/d
OpenGL
4.3
 
n/d

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Core i7-4790 and FX-9590.
PCIe revision
Up to 3.0
 
n / a
Max number of PCIe lanes
16
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-4790 and FX-9590. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

i7-4790 31.39
FX-9590 32.04 +2.1%

Passmark

i7-4790 9987
FX-9590 10194 +2.1%

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

i7-4790 9450 +9%
FX-9590 8670

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-4790 and FX-9590. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
48 Mh/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Core i7-4790 and FX-9590 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of Intel Core i7-4790

Finer manufacturing process technology (22 vs 32 nm)
Less power hungry (84 vs 220 watts)
HyperThreading (allows one physical CPU function as two logical ones. It increases performance, since while one logical CPU is waiting for data, the second may still do useful work)
AVX2 (Advanced Vector Extensions 2 - an extension to AVX, the set of SIMD instructions working with 128- and 256-bit registers)
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)
vPro (a marketing umbrella term for several Intel technologies: AMT, TXT, EDB, VT, Anti-Theft and some others)
Intel 64 (64-bit Intel CPU architecture. Almost identical to AMD64, except small and rarely used nuances)
AES-NI (Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions - additional instructions for hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption)
TXT (Trusted Execution Technology - protects the system against viruses and rootkits residing in BIOS or in a boot sector)
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
SIPP
IdentityProtectionTechVersion
QuickSyncVideo
DisplayPortMenu
HDMIMenu

Advantages of AMD FX-9590

2.1% faster in synthetic tests
AMD64 (AMD CPUs 64-bit architecture. Almost identical to Intel 64, save for some little and rarely used nuances)
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard instructions set - hardware acceleration of AES encryption and decryption. Speeds up encryption software, e.g. Veracrypt)
Unlocked
FMA4

So, Core i7-4790 or FX-9590?

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