TechSpot: Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Review

After last month's underwhelming Haswell refresh, Intel says overclockers can rejoice over the newest revision of its fourth-generation Core processors, codenamed Devil's Canyon.

Like the Core i7-4770K before it, the new 4790K is an 1150-pin LGA processor that is compatible with Intel 8-series and 9-series chipsets. The core frequency has been increased by almost 15% from 3.5GHz to 4.0GHz (up to 4.4GHz Turbo Boost), along with other improvements including updated packaging materials, more capacitors for smoother power deliver, as well as a 'Next Generation Polymer Thermal Interface Material' (NGPTIM).

In what can only come as great news, the Core i7-4790K will be available for the same $339 as the 4770K. Although that offers no incentive for 4770K owners to upgrade, folks looking to buy the 4770K should find the 4790K attractive.

Read: Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Review

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I guess, Intel should be really pushing more GHz to increase the performance. We have been stuck in this 3GHz range fro a while and either new technological breakthrough is required or new architecture is required to push this default barrier. Having more cores certainly helps but there are not many programs which efficiently optimize all the cores yet.

Definitely! I agree 100% How have things been so stagnant for so long now? Mid-High 4~ghz range only achievable by overclocking still? Amazing, surprising, etc....

I can't wait to see all this innovation do to ARM what intel did to AMD. in many ways, the core M will really test the ARM metal. And these guys are just getting started. Wasn't this company supposed to be dead according to all the pundits because tablets with arm chips were taking over? he he.

Apples to oranges. Arm could do things like outperform Pentium 1s with same transistor count as 8086 with 1/20 the power on just 200,000 transitors.

Add more then that costs power. Add more instructions more power etc. In the end ARM is cheap low power. Intel is ultimate performance and won't come close to power management. Depends on what your needs are.

sinetheo said,
Apples to oranges. Arm could do things like outperform Pentium 1s with same transistor count as 8086 with 1/20 the power on just 200,000 transitors.

8086 had 29,000 transistors, The Cortex-A9 chip had 26,000,000 transistors I believe? and just for more comparison the XBOX One SoC has 5 billion transistors

sinetheo said,
I just bought a i7 4770k yesterday. DOH

From Techspot summary:
Cons: The chip's overclocking performance isn't as strong as Intel led us to believe, certainly not enough to upgrade from the 4770K.

You're good.