For this test we are using the latest beta version of POV-Ray 3.7 that includes native multithreading and 64 bit support. Some of the beta 64bit versions have been slightly slower than the final 3.6 release, however as we are using the exact same version across the board the results are still applicable.
Sometimes these figures are hard to get into perspective however the 28 seconds taken to complete the Chess2.pov is lightning quick. For reference, this used to take around 10 minutes on a Pentium 4 1.5ghz machine many years ago!
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.