In the first of our gaming tests, World in Conflict, we see how the two Phenom processors compare in a real world gaming scenario. With a single 4870X2 we see similar results at high resolution and it is quite hard to separate the two processors other than on maximum framerates where the 940 is noticeably higher. When adding a second 4870 X2 into the system for a CrossFireX setup both builds receive a boost in performance but the Phenom 2 allows much higher performance. Running Counter Strike Source at 1024×768 is essentially a CPU limited scenario, especially when using a 4870 X2 and this test allows us to see how far apart the processors are in situations like these. The result is a huge increase in frame rates for the 940 Black Edition thanks to its additional 400MHz and extra cache.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.