Intel Core i5-4690K Review & Specs

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Intel Core i5-4690K Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket 1150 88W HD4600 BX80646I54690K

Intel Core i5-4690K Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket 1150 88W HD4600 BX80646I54690K

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  • Compatible with z97 motherboards and some 87 series motherboards(may require bios update).
  • 4 cores, 4 threads
  • Dynamic Acceleration/Turbo Boost
  • 6MB Intel Smart Cache
  • LGA connection 1150
  • 16 PCI Express 3.0 Lanes
  • Unlocked multiplier

Specs Overview

Model BX80646I54690K
Release Date June 2014

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Series Core i5 4th Gen
Core Name Devil's Canyon
Socket LGA1150
Integrated Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4600
CPU Cores 4
CPU Threads 4
CPU Clock Rate 3500MHz
CPU Turbo Clock Rate 3900MHz
CPU Cooler included
Manufacturing Process 22 nm
Cache L3 6MB


  • Low power consumption under both idle and load
  • Great performance
  • Lower operating temperatures compared to Haswell family


  • Same overclocking variability as Haswell family



Status Launched
Launch Date Q2'14
Processor Number i5-4690K
# of Cores 4
# of Threads 4
Clock Speed 3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.9 GHz
DMI2 5 GT/s
# of QPI Links 0
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE 4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Embedded Options Available

Lithography 22 nm
Scalability 1S Only
Max TDP 88 W
Thermal Solution Specification PCG 2013D
Recommended Customer Price BOX : $243.00


Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1333/1600
# of Memory Channels 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported



Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Base Frequency 350 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.2 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory 1.7 GB
Intel® Quick Sync Video

Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology Yes
Intel® Insider™ Yes
Intel® Wireless Display

Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes
# of Displays Supported 3


Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision 3.0
PCI Express Configurations Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8/2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes 16


Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration 1
TCASE 72.72
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography 22nm
Sockets Supported FCLGA1150
Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS


Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Intel® vPro Technology

Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)

Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)

Intel® TSX-NI Yes
Intel® 64

Intel® My WiFi Technology Yes
Idle States Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology

Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology Yes
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) No


Intel® Data Protection Technology
AES New Instructions

Secure Key Yes


Intel® Platform Protection Technology
OS Guard Yes
Execute Disable Bit Yes
Anti-Theft Technology Yes

Critic Reviews


The Core i5-4690K is the CPU you should be buying if you're an Intel Z87/Z97 system owner with a budget of between £150 and £190 and are up for a bit of overclocking. Given the cooler temperatures and faster speeds compared to its Haswell-based predecessors, there's little point opting for an older CPU although owners of Ivy Bridge CPUs ...

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Surrounded by much fanfare and announced earlier this month, two Haswell-based Devil's Canyon processors were meant to whet the appetites of enthusiasts who build their own systems. But after looking at the Core i7-4790K version and now at the cheaper...


So until Haswell-E is released, along with DDR4 and the X99 chipset, Devil’s Canyon might sit in the ‘should I wait’ category. But if we were looking at upgrading that main system today, based on CPU limited workloads, the i7-4790K is a well recommended choice.

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