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Review: Intel Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon (22nm Haswell)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 20 June 2014, 14:00

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Test Methodology

Intel Core i5-4690K Specification


Comparison Processor Configurations

CPU
Intel
AMD
Pentium G3220
Core i3-4330
Core i5-4670
Core i5-4690K
Core i7-4770K
Core i7-4790K
Athlon 5350
A8-7600K
A10-7850K
A8-6500T
A10-6800K
CPU TDP
53W
53W
84W
88W
84W
88W
25W
65W/45W
95W
65W
100W
Socket
LGA 1150
LGA 1150
LGA 1150
LGA 1150
LGA 1150
LGA 1150
AM1
FM2+
FM2+
FM2
FM2
Fabrication
22nm
22nm
22nm
22nm
22nm
22nm
28nm
28nm
28nm
32nm
32nm
Motherboard
Gigabyte GA-Z87M-D3H
Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP
Asus Z97-A
ASRock AM1B-ITX+
ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+
BIOS
F9
F5
1008
1.0
1.90
DDR3 Memory
Corsair XMS3 8GB (2x4GB)
AMD Gamer Series 16GB (2x8GB)
AMD Gamer Series 4GB (1x4GB)
AMD Gamer Series 16GB (2x8GB)
Memory Timings
9-9-9-24-2T @ 1,600MHz
9-10-9-27-2T @ 1,866MHz
9-9-9-28-2T @ 1,600MHz
10-11-11-28-2T @ 2,133MHz
9-10-9-27-2T @ 1,600MHz
10-11-11-28-2T @ 2,133MHz
Integrated Graphics
HD Graphics
HD 4600
HD 4600
HD 4600
HD 4600
HD 4600
Radeon R3
Radeon R7
Radeon R7
HD 8550D
HD 8670D
Disk Drive
Crucial M500 240GB
Samsung 840 Pro 250GB
Power Supply
Corsair VS450 (450W)
Corsair AX760i (760W)
Operating System
Windows 8.1 64-bit

CPU and Memory Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching benchmark stresses a single core by calculating Pi to 10m places
CineBench R15 Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses all cores
wPrime 2.1.0 Another number-crunching benchmark that stresses all available CPU cores/threads
AIDA64 v4.00.2746 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency

Multimedia Benchmarks

LuxMark 2.0 An OpenCL rendering benchmark
MuseMage 1.9.6 An OpenCL image-manipulation benchmark (64-bit)
HandBrake 0.9.9.1 Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores (64-bit)

System Benchmarks

PCMark 8 v2.0 System-wide examination that uses the Home preset, run with OpenCL acceleration
3DMark DX11, run at the Fire Strike default test
SiSoft Sandra 2014 Aggregate score that takes a composite of 12 system-wide benchmarks

Gaming Benchmarks

BioShock Infinite DX9, 1,280x720, medium quality
GRID 2 DX9, 1,280x720, high quality
Total War: Rome II DX9, 1,280x720, medium quality

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Power Consumption While idling and when running wPrime and GRID 2

Notes

We've benchmarked the Core i5-4690K in two ways. Running stock numbers shows us how it stacks up against a bevy of available chips. But, as you know, Devil's Canyon CPUs are all about overclocking. It is with some disappointment that we report unexpectedly low overclocking on our sample.

Kept in check by a Corsair Hydro Series H75 cooler, the chip, operating at a default 1.025V, runs at 48°C under Prime95 load. Increasing the core speeds requires additional voltage and we settled on an all-core 4.4GHz at 1.24V, rising to 4.5GHz when running one or two threads. Temperatures peaked at 70°C and increasing the voltage further provided no improvement in all-core frequency. The numbers are decidedly poor - standard Haswell processors run at this frequency without issue - so we can only surmise that the very initial batch of engineering-sample Devil's Canyon chips are uniformly poor at overclocking.