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Intel Unveils New Devil’s Canyon Core Architecture CPU (Update: Price Added!)

By John Law - on 3 Jun 2014, 5:01pm

Intel Unveils New Devil’s Canyon Core Architecture CPU

Intel debut its new Devil's Canyon CPU, the Core i7-4790K, during COMPUTEX Taipei this year.

Update (June 3, 5:00PM): Pricing for the 1K units of the new Core i7-4790K processor is set at US$339, which is the RRP of the current Core i7-4770K (3.5 GHz) processor. Along with this, Intel will also be releasing a faster Core i5 variant that will take the place of the Core i5-4670K as the fastest Core i5 processor. The new Core i5-4690K will be clocked at 3.5 GHz and will cost US$242 for 1K units. Both new processors will ship in June 2014.

Intel has officially announced a brand new Core Architecture CPU at COMPUTEX 2014. The new CPU, codenamed Devil’s Canyon, is the next-generation unlockable CPU chipset meant to replace Haswell. During the convention, Intel debut the Core i7-4790K variant of this new chipset, along with an overclocking demonstration.

The CPU will be clocked at 4GHz, but due to its unlockable nature, Intel has said that this CPU can be overclocked to a top speed of 4.5GHz.

The new Devil's Canyon Core architecture CPU uses a new polymer thermal interface to keep its temperatures low.

On top of that, the speed of the new Devil’s Canyon CPU will have all cores working at 4GHz, thanks to the use of the company’s new next-generation Polymer Thermal Interface Material (NGPTIM), which is meant to work with existing cooling solutions. Below is the specifications of the new Devil’s Canyon CPU:

  • 4.0GHz base frequency
  • 4 Cores, 8 Threads
  • Fully unlockable for performance tuning
  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
  • Intel HD Graphics 4600 (1250MHz)
  • Supports LGA 1150 socket
  • 8MB Intel Smart Cache
  • 2 channel DDR-1600 memory support
  • 16 PCI Express 3.0 Lanes
  • Intel AVX and AES
  • SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions

Intel has also announced a new unlockable Pentium CPU to celebrate the processor's 20th anniversary.

Additionally, Intel’s Lisa Graff, Vice President and General Manager, Desktop Client Platforms, also announced the availability of an Anniversary Edition of Intel’s Pentium Processor. The new Pentium processor was announced to commemorate the company’s 20th anniversary of the Pentium brand. Like Devil’s Canyon, the new Pentium processor will also be unlockable and will come with:

  • 3.2GHz base frequency
  • 2 Cores
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Intel Quick Sync Video enabled
  • Supports LGA 1150 socket
  • 3MB Intel Smart Cache
  • 2 channel DDR3-1333 memory support
  • Compatibility with Intel 8 or 9 Series Chipsets

While it was not mentioned, there is a good chance that Intel will be debuting another Devil’s Canyon CPU during COMPUTEX 2014: the Core i5-4690K. At this point, we have no official statement from Intel themselves about this CPU, but do check back later to find out.

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