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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  • vred - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    More like before mid-2015 for desktops... Intel is only competing with themselves now.
  • RU482 - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    anyone else notice CPU-Z says Pentium G3420, and the price list says G3240?
  • MrCommunistGen - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    If you read the whole article you'll notice toward the end:

    "The leaked image above is from Chinese VR-Zone, showing the G3258 (as shown in the Specification line) "

    Oftentimes, CPU-Z will not correctly identify an unreleased processor and will display a close match from its database instead. You'll note that G3258 is also in the pricing list.
  • hojnikb - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    I wonder if this petium is based on standard celeron/pentium die (2core, no ht, 3MB cache) or is it a i5 with half of the die disabled...
  • vred - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    Why would Intel do something different to this Pentium as opposed to the rest of Celerons/Pentiums?
  • hojnikb - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Because other pentiums were not designed with open multipler in mind ?
  • aggiechase37 - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    I really feel like there should be more hay made about the PCI lanes available in these new chips. I'm personally feeling depressed about the revelation that the 4770 that I bought only has 16 lanes available, which is pretty limiting in the PCI expansion department. However, the 4930 has 40 lanes available for only 200 extra bones. Which means I could add items like RAID controller cards which are sort of a necessity in the video editing business, or any environment where distributed hard drives would help things along.

    Can we get in these articles a bit of commentary on the PCI lane availability, if for no other purpose than to push chip makers to open up those PCI lanes a bit? Thanks for a great website.
  • DanNeely - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    The rumor is that SkyLake will be adding 4 more PCIe lanes to the CPU. These can't and broadwell can't add new lanes to the CPU because they're limited by the same socket pinout.

    In theory, they could've added more lanes to the chipset; but in addition to driving up costs for OEMs by forcing them to do a major redesign after one year instead of two, there's also the question of how easy it would be to saturate DMI under heavy loads. IIRC it's equivalent in bandwidth to a 4 lane PCIe2.0 bus; so they're already at 2:1 before adding up the potential load from USB3 and SATA connectors. going to 12 might've been too much.
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    It's socket 1150 as it always has been, there's nothing the new CPUs could do about these 16 lanes. Socket 2011 is a different beast, of course.
  • hapkiman - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    Got me a shiny new MSI Z97 "Gaming" series board, just waiting for the i7 4790k. Can't wait.

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