A lot of online chatter is being generated about two of Intel’s upcoming processors that are oriented around overclocking.  Firstly the Devil’s Canyon CPU, which Intel has stated will be an enhanced Haswell CPU in a new packaging and higher quality TIM, and also the 20th Anniversary Unlocked Pentium processor, which will aim to replicate the joy of overclocking a cheaper component into something more powerful.  It would seem that we might be close to an official launch, given that online retailer Bottom Line Telecommunications (that initially leaked the Haswell Refresh pricing) has erroneously posted information regarding the pricing of these processors as well as some of the technical specifications.

It would seem that the new Pentium processor has a rather innocuous name – the G3258.  Personally I find it a shame that Intel did not continue the K SKU nomenclature, but the specifications at the retailer put this as a dual core CPU at 3.2 GHz (in line with the Pentium G3420) with 3MB L3 Cache.  It would be safe to assume that there is no hyperthreading given that the feature starts with the i3 range.  Pricing for this processor would seem to be $78, which is only slightly more than the non-overclocked version ($75).

The leaked image above is from Chinese VR-Zone, showing the G3258 (as shown in the Specification line) built on the 22nm process with 3.2 GHz clock speed, dual core and 3MB of L3.  Note that the CPU also does not have VT-d, a common theme with Intel’s unlocked processors.

The new Devil’s Canyon processor is actually two CPUs, an i5 (quad core) and an i7 (quad core with hyperthreading).  According to the leaks:

The i5-4690K will have a 3.5 GHz base clock with 3.9 GHz Turbo Boost, 6 MB of L3 cache within a TDP of 88W.  Pricing for the boxed version of the i5 would seem to be ~$254.

The i7-4790K however will be a 4.0 GHz processor that will turbo up to 4.4 GHz, with 8 MB of L3 cache and a similar 88W TDP.  Pricing for the i7 above is around ~$362, making a marked premium for the extra threads. 

The sources also state that all three processors should be valid on both the 8-series and 9-series motherboards, which makes sense given that they are LGA1150 CPUs.  Intel has not officially commented on any of these details.

The interest Intel receives from these processors may dictate their future course of action with the newer platforms.  When we get samples we will let you know how they perform.  While there is nothing official yet with regards how exactly the new CPUs have changed with regards their overclocking potential, as an overclocker, I am certainly looking forward to them.

Source: LegitReviews, Chinese VR-Zone


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  • mforce - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    It's still missing some important features lit VT-d for no good reason. AMD doesn't do this for their CPUs, all the features are still there, even at the low end.
    AMD still has a was better GPU in the same price range as this one.
  • Ken_g6 - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    You say the 4790K will turbo to 4.4GHz, but the image only shows 4.1.
  • Achaios - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    I am pretty sure that the 4790k will stock@3.7 GHz and turbo to 4.1 GHz. The "4.0 GHz/4.4 GHz" 4790k is hogwash.
  • antiquebanana - Monday, June 16, 2014 - link

    So, a few days ago they launched the 4790k. It's 4.0/4.4. Still hogwash?
  • DanNeely - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    There're plenty of leaks suggesting both 3.7/4.1 and 4.0/4.4. Not noting that BLT's leak is the former while Legitreview's repeating the 4.0/4.4 leak while also showing the BLT screenshot is the latter is confusing. 4.0/4.4 last flared up on the 12th with a few images that look like slides from previous Intel briefings.
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Good catch. I never thought +400 MHz for the K with the same base name (4790) made any sense. +100 Mhz sounds much more reasonable, although Intel should have given it a higher number. What are 4 digits there for if they don't use them anyway?

  • Ken_g6 - Sunday, May 25, 2014 - link

    Some are for Ivy-E. (48xx and higher.) Some are for Broadwell. (Potentially 5xxx.)
  • DanNeely - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    it's also worth noting that today's rumors include Devils Canyon only being a paper launch on the 2nd of next month but chips not shipping until September. SInce that's about when Broadwell is about to launch, if true launching them as 1150 Haswell doesn't really make much sense. Either make them a broadwell SKU or Haswell-E.

  • vred - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    Broadwell for socket only launches in 2015. This year is mobile version only.
  • Flunk - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    I wouldn't hold your breath for Broadwell before early 2015.

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