Intel Core i5-6300HQ vs Intel Core i7-4790

Compare Intel 6th Generation Core i5 4 core CPU vs Intel 4th Generation Core i7 4 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

18 %
35 %
94% significantly better overall score

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

32 %
55 %
71% significantly better gaming score

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

14 %
29 %
107% significantly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

13 %
28 %
115% significantly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

43% significantly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

25% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units



Number of logical processing units

100% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

2 GHz
4 GHz
56% significantly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

3 GHz
4 GHz
25% slightly higher turbo speed


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

45 W
86% significantly lower TDP
84 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots


Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access


Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

64 GiB
100% significantly more supported memory
32 GiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

864th of 1,327
510th of 1,327


The product line

6th Generation Core i5
4th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

August 2015
May 2014

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i5-6300HQ vs Core i7-4790 comparison

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark tool, the Core i7-4790 is faster than the Core i5-6300HQ. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i5-6300HQ in all gaming tests too.

When comparing these CPUs we notice that they have the same number of cores but the Core i7-4790 has more threads. Our comparison shows that the Core i7-4790 has a significantly higher clock speed compared to the Core i5-6300HQ. Also, the Core i7-4790 has a slightly higher turbo speed. A Core i5-6300HQ CPU outputs less heat than a Core i7-4790 CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Modern CPUs generally have more logical cores than physical cores, this means that each core is split into multiple virtual cores, improving efficiency for parallel workloads. For instance, the Core i5-6300HQ has the same number of threads as cores. This means the the CPU does not support hyperthreading.


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