AMD Ryzen 5 1500X vs Intel Core i7-4790

AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
Intel Core i7-4790

General info

Comparing Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
20.18
 
10.54
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Series
AMD Ryzen 5
 
Core i7 (Desktop)
Achitecture codename
Zen
 
Haswell
Release date
16 March 2017
 
1 April 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$189
 
$303
Price now
$147
 
$279

Technical specs

Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their test results.
Number of cores
4
 
4
Number of threads
8
 
8
Maximum frequency
3.5 GHz
 
4 GHz
FSB
4 × 8 GT / s
 
n/d
L1 cache
384 KB
 
64K (per core)
L2 cache
2 MB
 
256K (per core)
L3 cache
16 MB
 
8 MB
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
22 nm
Die size
213 mm2
 
177 mm2
Maximum core temperature
n/d
 
73 °C
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
n/d
 
72 °C
Transistor count
4800 Million
 
1400 Million
64 bit support
+
 
+
Unlocked
+
 
-

Compatibility

Information on Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 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 (Uniprocessor)
 
1
Socket
Socket AM4
 
FCLGA1150
Power consumption (TDP)
65 Watt
 
84 Watt

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
Instruction set extensions
n/d
 
Intel® SSE4.1, Intel® SSE4.2, Intel® AVX2
AES-NI
+
 
+
AVX
+
 
+
vPro
n/d
 
+
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
n/d
 
+
My WiFi
n/d
 
+
Turbo Boost
n/d
 
2.0
Hyper-Threading
n/d
 
+
Idle States
n/d
 
+
Thermal Monitoring
-
 
+
SIPP
-
 
+
FDI
n/d
 
+

Security technologies

Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 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 Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 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 Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2666
 
DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600, DDR3L-1333, DDR3L-1600
Maximum memory size
64 GB
 
32 GB
Max memory channels
2
 
2
Maximum memory bandwidth
39.74 GB / s
 
25.6 GB / s
ECC memory support
+
 
-

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPUs integrated into Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790.
Integrated graphics
-
 
Intel HD Graphics 4600 (350 - 1200 MHz)
Graphics max frequency
-
 
1.2 GHz
Max video memory
-
 
2 GB
Quick Sync
-
 
+
Clear Video HD
-
 
+
InTru 3D
-
 
+

Graphics interfaces

Available interfaces and connections of Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 integrated GPUs.
Number of displays supported
-
 
3
eDP
-
 
+
DisplayPort
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
DVI
-
 
+
VGA
-
 
+

Graphics image quality

Maximum display resolutions supported by Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 integrated GPUs, including resolutions over different interfaces.
Max resolution over HDMI 1.4
-
 
4096x2304@24Hz
Max resolution over eDP
-
 
3840x2160@60Hz
Max resolution over DisplayPort
-
 
3840x2160@60Hz
Max resolution over VGA
-
 
1920x1200@60Hz

Graphics API support

APIs supported by Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 integrated GPUs, sometimes API versions are included.
DirectX
-
 
11.2 / 12
OpenGL
-
 
4.3

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of peripherals supported by Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
Up to 3.0
Max number of PCIe lanes
20
 
16

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Ryzen 5 1500X 31.66 +0.9%
i7-4790 31.39

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

Ryzen 5 1500X 4573
i7-4790 5926 +29.6%

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

Ryzen 5 1500X 20186
i7-4790 22667 +12.3%

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

Ryzen 5 1500X 2
i7-4790 2 +3.5%

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

Ryzen 5 1500X 9 +8.4%
i7-4790 8

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

Ryzen 5 1500X 157
i7-4790 159 +1.3%

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

Ryzen 5 1500X 818 +6.9%
i7-4790 765

wPrime 32

Ryzen 5 1500X 7
i7-4790 6 +8%

x264 encoding pass 1

Ryzen 5 1500X 177 +3.5%
i7-4790 171

x264 encoding pass 2

Ryzen 5 1500X 50 +8.7%
i7-4790 46

Passmark

Ryzen 5 1500X 10074 +0.9%
i7-4790 9987

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
n/d
 
48 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Ryzen 5 1500X and Core i7-4790 are for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Advantages of AMD Ryzen 5 1500X

0.9% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (16 March 2017 vs 1 April 2014)
Cheaper ($189 vs $303)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 22 nm)
Less power hungry (65 vs 84 watts)
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)
Unlocked
ECCMemory

Advantages of Intel Core i7-4790

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)
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

So, Ryzen 5 1500X or Core i7-4790?

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