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Intel Core i7 4790 (Haswell Refresh) CPU and Z97 Performance Preview

Intel Core i7 4790 (Haswell Refresh) CPU and Z97 Performance Preview
We check out one of the upcoming CPUs that the Intel Haswell refresh brings to the table. Let's see just what the i7 4790 and Z97 can do in our testing!
By: Shawn Baker | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 6, 2014 4:31 pm





We haven't heard anything from Intel when it comes to the Haswell refresh that is due out during Computex, so we figured that if we are able to get our hands-on one of the processors, we'd find out just what kind of performance it offers. Of course, if we're not supposed to be publishing this, then I'm sure we're going to hear about it in the coming hours.


Since we haven't heard from Intel about the latest processors, we also don't have a whole lot of official information in regards to what's going on with it aside from the leaked images. Saying that, though, we've seen a ton of leaked images that give us a fair idea of just what we're going to be dealing with.


The Haswell refresh will bring with it a large amount of CPUs for both desktop and mobile platforms, but isn't really much more than a speed bump to the current crop of CPUs. Sitting at the top of the new line up is the i7 4790 which we're looking at today.


This isn't a K series processor which means that when it comes to overclocking, you're quite limited with BCLK overclocking being the only option. This means that the overclock amount will often be only 3 - 5% due to more often than not a 103 - 105 BCLK being achieved. We'll cover the overclocking side of things, though, on the next page.


There's not a whole lot more we'll be telling you today as we move forward. We won't' be offering any pictures of the motherboard or the CPU we're using today due to markings on them from the companies that provided the samples. We will take a look at the CPU-Z screenshot on the next page, though. On the next page, we will also talk a bit about the processors before we move into the performance side of things.

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