Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Processor Review

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3DMark 2013

Futuremark 3DMark Tests

Futuremark 3DMark has three primary benchmark tests that you can run and which test you should be running depends on the system that you are benchmarking on.

  • Ice Storm – For mobile devices and entry-level PCs
  • Cloud Gate – For notebooks and home PCs
  • Fire Strike Extreme – For extreme gaming PCs (extreme mode for those with multiple GPUs)

Since all of the benchmarks can be run on desktop PCs, we will run each of them on our Intel and AMD processors to see how they stack up.

Intel Core i7-3770K w/ Intel HD Graphics 4000:

3770K-3DMARK

 

Intel Core i7-4770K CPU w/ Intel HD Graphics 4600:

4770k-3dmark

 

Intel Core i7-4790K CPU w/ Intel HD Graphics 4600:

3dmark-4970k

Let’s take a closer look at 3DMark Cloud Gate as that is a best representative of the integrated graphics performance on these processors:

3dmark

Benchmark Results: The Intel Core i7-4790K scored 8818 points in Fire Strike, which is 29% faster than the Intel Core i7-3770K score of 6796 and 3% faster than the Intel Core i7-4770K processors score of 8567. If you take a closer look at the individual game tests from that benchmark you can see that the Core i7-4790K and Core i7-4770K each won a Graphics Test scene and are no more than half a FPS apart. This makes perfect sense as they share the same graphics core. If you look at the Physics test you’ll see 11.5% difference between the Core i7-4770K and the Core i7-4790K due to the much higher clock speeds on the 4790K four x86 cores. The ‘old’ Intel Core i7-3770K ‘Ivy Bridge’ processor is still hanging in there though and was found to be 16% slower in the physics test and 38% slower in Graphics Test 1.

 

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  • She-Ra

    Basically devil’s canyon has the same overclocking scaling as the ivy bridge 3770K in both the I5 and I7 processors. Two generations news with a few more bells and whistles but the same OC cap as ivy. If you consider it comes in at 4ghz but only jumps to 4.5-4.7 which is the same as the 4770K. Essentially a chip that comes mildly overclocked which can be achieved in the 4770K with the exact same OC’d results. Obviously, that is the chip because of those added bells and whistles. The 22nm process is showing that it’s dated. Intel really needs some new silicon or something so they can hit 5ghz. PC gamers need the speed. They should also add a feature that uses internal graphics in tandem with PCI Express graphics cards. It’s really a simple solution adding integrated graphics. I am not talking about quick sync. I simply give intel ideas to revive their PC gaming market.

  • klepp0906

    Clock for clock they’re the exact same chip. So unless your convinced you can get an extra few hundred MHz out of a 4790 save your money.

    For me running a delidded watercooled haSwell at 4700mhz I can’t imagine (based on all results I’ve seen thus far) being able to attain a high enough overclock to make it worthwhile.

    • CharlesAnderson

      I can – it’s better to run a stock Devil’s Canyon at 4700 MHz and keep your warranty intact.

  • Kat

    I think the Intel Deviled Egg would be a better name…

  • anon

    I’d like to see this and the 4770k compared when they’re both overclocked as high as possible. “High as possible” depends on the sample of course, but I still think it’s more useful then comparing with stock speeds, since the 4790k’s is higher but at the expense of greater power draw and heat.

    • Thomas Dameron

      except that OCing a CPU as high as possible reduces its life to a few months and doesn’t give any useful information

      • anon

        I meant as high as reasonably achievable.

      • klepp0906

        It does?

      • dj3hac

        I ran an Intel E8500 @ 3.6ghz for years no problem at all, it’s still running in a dedicated server. It’s be going 24/7 at that speed for 6 or 7 years now.

  • Steven Kean

    Tempting upgrade from a 3570K…

  • Will Beams

    What the heck? 71c under load with a Corsair H105 Closed Loop Water Cooler??? Then how hot does the bloody thing get with an after market air cooler, let alone the stock cooler? Something doesn’t seem to be right here…

    • Nathan Kirsch

      Haswell has always been regarded as a fairly hot processor, so nothing out of the ordinary there! I actually thought that was low and was extremely happy with that. I used the latest version of Intel XTU and screen shots are in the review and everything was done more than once and was consistent.

    • Vinny

      they were using the integrated graphics that why it ran hotter….if you use a dedicated card it wouldn’t run so hot then 🙂

    • name

      I have the 4790k with an h110 and mine doesn’t go over 60C on a full load.

      • klepp0906

        Load it with IBT then and not Aida or something foo foo :p

        (Assuming your overclocked)

  • Coach

    Great review. I was very curious/anxious to read this. It’s selling at $279 at MicroCenter. VERY tempting! I want to see how the Broadwell’s do, but I’m sure they’re price point will be much higher.

  • OJ

    Hopefully some of the 4790ks do manage to hit 5GHz otherwise the extra features such as the smoothing caps and the thermal interface don’t achieve much. Although the the improvements lead me to assume that some 4790k chips should be more stable when clocked over 4.5Ghz.

    • Thomas Dameron

      umm, 500 MHz a core is actually a pretty good boost, especially considering that the 4770k was pretty shaky at anything over 4.3 GHz

      • Joe Joejoe

        And compared to AMD, a 500Mhz boost is more like a 4×1.5Ghz boost, especially when it’s on 4 cores rather than 8.

    • ricksanchez1

      I was disappointed they didn’t push the chip until it burned. If they ran all their tests, and more come along in a week, a $350 chip can’t be sacrificed for the point of testing?