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

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Intel Z97 Test System For Devil’s Canyon

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done on a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. We completely overhauled our test setup for the Intel Core i7-4790K processor launch, so we are starting over from scratch when it comes to testing everything. For this review will be comparing Intel Z77 and Intel Z97 platforms. These platforms are aimed at mainstream users and all feature integrated graphics, so it will be interesting to see how the systems compare.

Intel Z97 Test System

The Intel Z97 platform that we used to test the Intel 1150 processors was running the ASUS Z97-A motherboard with BIOS 1008 that came out on 5/29/2014. The Corsair Dominator Platnium 8GB 2133MHz memory kit was set to XMP 1.3 memory profile settings, which is 1.65v with 9-11-11-31 2T memory timings. The Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD uses 19nm NAND and was using M310 firmware.

Intel Z97 Test System

Here is a quick look at the CPU-Z information for our main test system that we’ll be doing the testing on.

Intel LGA1150 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

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Processor

Intel Core i7-4790K

Motherboard

ASUS Z97-A Click Here

Memory

8GB Dominator 2133MHz Click Here

Video Card

N/A

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Hard Drive

Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD

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Cooling

Corsair H105

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Keyboard

Corsair K95

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Mouse

Corsair M95

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Power Supply

Corsair AX860i

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Operating System

Windows 8.1 64-Bit

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