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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Xeon E5-2690 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 46%
Watch Dogs Legion 18% 27%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 18% 27%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 15% 47%
Genshin Impact 34% 59%
FIFA 21 18% 49%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1% 38%
eFootball PES 2021 6% 42%
Ghostrunner 1% 38%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2 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 Xeon E5-2690 v2, 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 Xeon E5-2690 v2 has 6 more cores than the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz. 10 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. However, if you intend on running a server with the Xeon E5-2690 v2, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Xeon E5-2690 v2 has 16 more threads than the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz. The Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Xeon E5-2690 v2 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 Xeon E5-2690 v2 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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz has a 0.5 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. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Xeon E5-2690 v2.

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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz has a 768 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E5-2690 v2, but on the other hand, it is the Xeon E5-2690 v2 that has a 19 MB bigger L3 cache than the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz is likely superior in this area.

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 Xeon E5-2690 v2 (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 Xeon E5-2690 v2, 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
MoBo SocketLGA 1150LGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Jun 201410 Sep 2013
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs10
CPU Threads4vs20
Clock Speed3.5 GHzvs3 GHz
Turbo Frequency3.9 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Max TDP88 Wvs130 W
Lithography22 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature73°Cvs88°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs-
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs256 KB
L3 Cache Size6 MBvs25 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktopno
Base GPU Frequency400 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1250 MHzvs-
DirectX11.1vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs52.5mm x 45mm
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

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.
The Xeon E5-2690 v2 is an extremely high performance 64-bit 10-core processor with a clock speed of 3.0GHz.
It's based on the Ivy Bridge architecture and the memory controller supports DDR3-800, DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333, DDR3-1600 and DDR3-1866.