Intel Core i5-4690

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  • Excellent performance
  • Compatible with the new generation motherboards
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  • No significant upgrades

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Intel Core I5-4690 Review

Earlier in 2014, the Haswell refresh CPUs were released by Intel for buyers who wanted to replace the previous versions or get a brand powerful CPU. One of the releases was the Intel Core i5-4690. It was a good move for Intel and new buyers would have a chance to get themselves a new CPU for their gaming rig. However, if you are already using the i5-4670 then changes that come with the refresh are not worth the switch.



It’s true that there were some upgrades done and through expert tests I learned that there was an increase in performance indeed. However, the increase in performance is not something to write home about as it’s a mere 200MHz. It may only sound good in theory but in the real world, it wouldn’t be very significant especially for gamers who don’t really go to those extra miles when over clocking. If this increase was to be compared to the Intel Core i5-4670K, it would yield around 100MHz.Is it really worth it?



I think the Intel Core i5-4690 refresh would be a good purchase for someone looking for a 797 compatible CPU. Other than that, the performance is not really different from the Intel Core i5-4670.In 2014, motherboard manufacturers went berserk and they produced some of the best motherboards that we have ever seen to date. If you would like to get hold of one of the Z97s, then an Intel Core i5-4690 would be deemed as a worthy purchase. You only need this refresh and a good SSD to get your gaming machine going. However, if you have no intentions of getting the new motherboards, then you can stick to the Intel Core i5-4670 or check out the 4670K.



My inquisitive research led me to a couple of experts who tested the Haswell refresh CPUs which include the Intel Core i5-4690, Intel Core i7-4790 and the Intel core i3-4360. Most of them had the same thing to say; it’s a worthy purchase for new buyers or people who would be looking to get the new generation motherboards. Otherwise, the over clocking aficionados won’t get anything better from the Intel Core i5-4690. However, the 4690 is also a good power consumer and may be a consideration if over clocking isn’t your thing.



For the new buyers, this is one of the best non K CPUs on the market today. What’s more, the pricing is just good enough for beginners. The best thing with the Haswell refresh products is that they are affordable and compatible with the new Z97 motherboards. So if you are looking to enjoy the new features that come with these motherboards such as the M.2 PCIe compatibility and SATA Express, then the Intel Core i5-4690 is a worthy purchase. If high end gaming is one of your concerns when looking for a CPU, then you should check out the K series for better over clocking features. However, if you are just looking for a fast CPU that will get the job done, this would be a good buy.

  • The Good :
    Excellent performance, Compatible with the new generation motherboards
  • The Bad :
    No significant upgrades
Our score:
4 / 5

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  • The Intel Core i5-4690 is manufactured by Intel and was added in December 2014 in the Processors section
  • This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5

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