Intel Core i5-4430 CPU LGA1150 Haswell Processor Review


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Intel Core i5-4430 Features

The following information is courtesy of Intel

  • 4 Cores, 4 Threads
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Supports LGA1150 socket Intel Z87
  • 6 MB shared L3 Intel Smart Cache
  • 2 channels of DDR3 1333/1600 MHz
  • 16 PCI Express Gen 3 Lanes
  • Built-in Visuals
    • Intel HD Graphics-Enhanced 3-D performance for immersive mainstream and casual gaming. Can support up to three UltraHD (4k) displays and collage display.
    • Intel Wireless Display8-Wirelessly stream HD / 3-D video and games to your TV or projector for presentations and entertainment.
    • Intel Quick Sync Video-Delivers fast conversion of video for portable media players, online sharing, and video editing and authoring.
    • Intel Clear Video HD-Visual quality and color fidelity enhancements for HD playback and immersive Web browsing.
    • Intel InTruTM 3D1-Stereoscopic 3-D Blu-ray* playback in full 1080p resolution over HDmI* 1.4 and premium audio.
  • Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX)
  • Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES-NI)
  • Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)

Intel (SKU) Specifications

The Core i5-4430 is a member of the second wave of desktop Haswell SKUs. Intel differentiates these CPU by adjusting a number of features. Here’s a chart comparing the Core i5-4430 with the Core i7-4470K.

Processor i7-4770K i5-4430
CPU Base clock (GHz) 3.5 3.0
CPU Turbo clock (GHz) 3.9 3.2
Cores/Threads 4/8 4/4
Cache 8MB 6MB
Memory Support Dual-channel DDR3-1600 Dual-channel DDR3-1600
PCI-E lanes 16 Gen 3 16 Gen 3
Graphics Intel Graphics HD4600 Intel Graphics HD4600
Graphics Execution Units 20 20
Graphics Core clock up to 1250MHz up to 1100MHz
DirectX Version 11.1 11.1
Intel VPro Technology Yes Yes
TDP 84 watts 84 watts

Looking at these specifications, the major differences are:

  • The Core i5-4430 doesn’t have Hyper-Threading.
  • The 4430 has 6M of cache as opposed to the 4770K’s 8M of cache.
  • The 4430’s base and turbo clocks are lower.
  • As a non-“K” part, the 4430 cannot be overclocked. Not even a little.

The only other difference I can see from Intel’s specifications is that while both CPUs have the same Intel Graphics HD4600 integrated GPU, the maximum core clock is slightly lower, 1100MHz as opposed to 1250MHz, on the 4430.

Let’s fire up the testing rig and see how the Core i5-4430 really compares, performance-wise. Since overclocking’s not in the picture, I’ll be using the standard retail cooler that ships with the processor:


While small, the retail Intel cooler has a solid copper core and its pre-applied thermal paste and push-pin mounting system makes installing it the work of seconds. This will provide plenty of cooling for our use.


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