It's nice and all, but I'm curious why they compared it to a three year old, quad core Intel processor?
They said they had to look at other systems which ran that benchmark since they didn't have it in their labs, but that 3 year old Intel chip is still 20% faster than the FX-8350, and it's only 11% slower than the 4790 despite a 27% slower clock speed, which means the per clock speed is higher than the 4790, and the 4790 is 36% faster than the 8350. Granted it's 2 years old BUT this kind of performance from an engineering sample of brand new silicon compared to mature Intel hardware and especially to the 8350 is amazing, especially if it does shake out that there is no Windows 7 or 8.1 performance penalty.
Plus the i7-4790k is still on sale for $340, so if AMD were able to put this chip as it is on sale today for even $275 there'd be a massive price shakeup in the Intel camp. Say by the time Zen hits the shelves they're able to equal the 4790 in terms of performance with the same clock rate, which I think is a strong possibility, and it carries a price tag of $250-$275, or even $200 so AMD can focus on market share. That'll completely redefine the idea of a budget computer the same way the GTX 1060 and RX 480 redefined the idea of midrange graphics. It'll make AMD as viable in the processor market as the HD 4000 series did with Radeon cards after the embarrassment which as the X1000, HD 2000, and HD 3000 series compared to nVidia.
I know it is only one benchmark, and it is a game, but I don't think anyone would argue that the i7-4790k is a slacker when it comes to performance, it blows AMD chips out of the water on every front, and I think it's amazing that AMD is able to put out a chip with this kind of performance compared to Intel considering the huge R&D advantage Intel has. Sure it may not top Intel's best offerings, but if it gets you all the performance you need while keeping more money in your wallet, I don't think many people except the Intel fanboys will care that Intel had that performance years ago. And it's certainly not something you can say about AMD chips now, even they know this because they use Intel chips in their benchmarks.