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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Core i7-4960X 6-Core 3.60GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 44%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 18% 25%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 14% 27%
Genshin Impact 34% 58%
eFootball PES 2021 6% 40%
Marvel's Avengers 14% 27%
Watch Dogs Legion 18% 25%
FIFA 21 18% 48%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 6% 40%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1% 37%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-4960X 6-Core 3.60GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz was released less than a year after the Core i7-4960X 6-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i7-4960X 6-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz. 6 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Core i7-4960X 6-Core has 8 more threads than the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz. The Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-4960X 6-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz and Core i7-4960X 6-Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i7-4960X 6-Core has a 0.1 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. As such, we need to look elsewhere for more reliable comparisons.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Core i7-4960X 6-Core has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz has a 42 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-4960X 6-Core (though they were created with the same size 22 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Core i7-4960X 6-Core, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameDevils CanyonIvy Bridge-E
MoBo SocketLGA 1150LGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Jun 201401 Nov 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs6
CPU Threads4vs12
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.9 GHzvs4 GHz
Max TDP88 Wvs130 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature73°Cvs67°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs1536 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs15 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop
Base GPU Frequency400 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1250 MHzvs-
DirectX11.1vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i5-4690K 3.5GHz is a performance CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at 3.5GHz, which may go up to 3.9GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked.

The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4600, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1200MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 88W.

Compared to Core i5-4670K there's an overall 3% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
Core i7-4960X 6-Core 3.6GHz is an extreme processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 6 Physical Cores (12 Logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz and 15MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated and the processor has multiplier unlocked.

The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 130W.

Compared to Core i7-3960X there's an overall 7% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.