Intel Devil’s Canyon Series Processors’ Initial Benchmarks Surface – Results Show Decent Performance Bump

Intel Devil’s Canyon Series Processors’ Initial Benchmarks Surface – Results Show Decent Performance Bump

The first benchmarks of Intel’s Devil’s Canyon Unlocked Processors have
been surfacing all over the Internet and no doubt you would be wondering
what the verdict is. Well as you will be aware, Devil’s canyon is
basically a refresh albeit in a much cooler physical package. Keeping
that in mind, we can reasonably expect a performance increase in only
two aspects. Cooling and Overclocking Overhead, the latter of which is
indirectly related to the first anyways.


Devil’s Canyon First Benchmarks Surface – Show an Average 17% Increase over Non-Haswell Refresh Counterparts

We selected the benchmarks from SemiAccurate.com.
The reason being that they provided a comprehensive side by side
performance comparison of Haswell Refresh (Devil’s Canyon) and Haswell
SKUs. Their test rig had the following specs; they used a Biostar Hi-Fi 
Z97WE Motherboard coupled with a AMD DDR3 1866Mhz Ram. Now sadly they
failed to mention the exact amount of Ram used but since the same test
rig was used for all SKUs, it doesn’t matter. Any bottlenecks, if
present, carry over and ‘percentage performance difference’ is not
affected. Also this benchmark only includes the i7-4790K. So without any
fruther ado (so I really like this line, sue me) here are the
benchmarks:

Intel-Devils-Canyon-Benchmarks

Now do realize that these processors are on stock clocks i.e the Core
i7-4790k is running on 4.4 Ghz (Turbo freq.). Basically the performance
bump you see is actually courtesy of the 500mhz of factory overclock the
Devil’s Canyon SKUs ship with. The actual interesting thing this
benchmark does not measure is the operating temperature which
aggregating multiple sources is about 75c compared to the much much
higher temperature of i7-4770k under load (93c). We saw an absolutely
massive performance increase on the compute score (around 35%) which is
slightly higher than the median increase, and a completely negligible
increase in gaming (~1%) which isn’t really surprising. Now the average
multicore performance increased by about 15% while the single core
performance increased by about 17%. But I am sure you will be saying,
‘but these are just stock clocks’ and the ‘k’ series processor is
designed to be over clocked. Well the answer to this question actually
deserves an entirely separate editorial, which I am working on even as I
finish this post. So there you have it folks, benches of the Devil’s
Canyon i7 4790K SKU.

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