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

System Overview & Testing Procedures
We will be directly comparing the Core i7-4790K to the Core i7-4770K. Since both processors work on Intel’s 9-series motherboards we are going to have the identical setup for our tests.


Our test system is comprised of the following hardware:

Processors: Intel Core i7-4790K, Intel Core i7-4770K
Video Card: MSI GTX 770 Gaming
Motherboard: ASUS Z97-A
Memory: 16GB Crucial Ballistix
Storage: 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K
Power: Corsair AX860i
Cooling: Asetek 240mm watercooler
Case: HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station

For testing the processors will be set to auto mode. The reason we do is because most people will have this setup on their own PC. This is the default mode if you do not go into the BIOS in change it. So for the Core i7-4790K it will be running anywhere from 4.0 GHz – 4.4 GHz and the Core i7-4770K will be running anywhere from 3.5 GHz to 3.9 GHz.


We will be running both processors through a battery of benchmarks. I have divided them into separate sections below.

CPU Testing
– CPU Queen
– CPU PhotoWorxx
– CPU ZLib
– CPU Hash
X264 HD Benchmark 5.0
Sisoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multimedia
CINEBENCH R11.5 64-Bit

Overall System Testing
PCMark 8
PCMark 11
PCMark Vantage

Video & Gaming
3DMark 11
Alien vs Predator

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