When the initial reports were beginning to surface, there were indications that you would need a Z97 motherboard the the new chips. For those of you who might have been worried about that rumor, worry no longer. Whether this information was false to begin with or the chips were changed, you will be able to run these chips on your older Z87 motherboard without any problems. The i7-4790K is very similar to the 4770K in a lot of ways except for some minor upgrades on several parts, a lot of which were mentioned on the previous page. The max TDP (Thermal Design Power) has been increased to 88W from 84W on the 4770K, giving the 4790K a higher tolerance for heat consumption. Below are the specification for the i7-4790K, and besides the things previously mentioned in this review there aren’t too many differences from the 4770K spec wise.
Now lets get into the good stuff, and see how much performance we can squeeze out of the Devil’s Canyon.