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Intel Core i7-4790K (Devil’s Canyon) CPU Review featuring Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5

Intel Core i7-4790K (Devil’s Canyon) CPU Review featuring Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5

1. Overview and Gigabyte MotherboardOn Last Page

Test System and Performance

Test Bench

Intel Core i7-4790K
Intel Core i7-4770K
AMD FX-8350
Intel Core i7-4960X

Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5
ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion
ASRock 990FX Extreme

PowerColor Radeon R9 290 X2 Devil 13
16GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-2666
Samsung 840 Evo 1TB
Crucial M550 1TB/512GB (SATA/USB 3 testing)
OCZ RevoDrive 350 (PCIe testing)
Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD
Corsair AX1500i
Antec Kuhler 1250

Installed on a Dimastech EasyXL Test Bench

Intel Wireless AC 7260
Razer DeathAdder
Razer BlackWidow Ultimate
ASUS 120Hz/3D Display

Windows 8.1 64-bit
AMD Drivers: 14.6 RC

Battlefield 4
SiSoft Sandra
Cinebench R15

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 8.1 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented (where appropriate). For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice

Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.

























For more performance gaming from the Devil 13 card from PowerColor view our full review here.



About Author


Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.

  • Good to see that Intel have enabled VT-d and TSX on this chip. They were disabled on the original unlocked Haswell chips.

  • abcanw

    great review , I bought them both and cant waiting for shipping 😀

    • Thanks for the feedback. Please let us know how you get on with them… and have fun 😀