BTR has changed our review platform from Devil’s Canyon i7-4790K to Skylake i7-6700K, and we have already tested the brand new RX 480 on both platforms.   Since we found almost no difference in performance between the Skylake platform and the Devil’s Canyon platform using 26 games with the RX 480, we have followed up with this evaluation by using the fastest single-GPU video card, the GTX 1080.  We also tested Dual Channel vs. Single Channel Memory performance on the Skylake platform.

ASRock Z7170M OC Formula – Skylake

Our older Devil’s Canyon testing platform uses the i7-4790K with all of its 4 cores turboed to 4.4GHz by the ASUS Z97-E motherboard, versus the Skylake i7-6700K with all of its 4 cores also turboed to 4.4GHz by the ASRock Z7170M motherboard.  The Devil’s Canyon motherboard uses 16GB of Kingston Predator DDR3 at 2133MHz versus the Skylake motherboard’s 16GB of G.Skill Ripjaws V DDR4 at 3200MHz, so it should prove to be an interesting follow-up comparison.

ASUS Z97-E - Devil's Canyon
ASUS Z97-E Devil’s Canyon

We tested both platforms with the GTX 1080 using 26 modern DX11/DX12 games and 1 synthetic benchmark at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and at 3480×2160 resolutions on Windows 10 Home 64-bit.1080

Let’s look over our test configuration on the next page.