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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  • Laststop311 - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    This CPU is only for super rich people that constantly upgrade their rigs and impatient people that need to rebuild right now. Considering Broadwell will be out "well before the holiday shipping season" it sounds like october will be the release maybe late oct early nov. If u cant wait like 5-6 months because of a pc with problems go for this. Or if you are just very spoiled and buy new systems every 6 months to a year. For the majority of us normal people broadwell will be the proper cpu to wait for. And I have a super old we are talking over 4 years old LGX 1366 x58 build with watercooled 4.5ghz OC'd i7-980x full coverage motherboard waterblock only thing upgraded was the gpu to a water cooled gtx 780ti 1250mhz core OC 7880Mhz Memory OC. Wish the 6GB version were out. the 120hz tempest x2700oc monitor is an awesome 2560x1220 IPS 120hz monitor which actually lets you gave with motion blu much closer to a faster tn panel without all the negatives ont TN. Worried the 3GB nuffer may fail for some games.
  • Achaios - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Old? That's not old. I had the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 S775 CPU from March 2008 to December 2013 before I finally bought a 4770k and a Maximus VI Hero. Almost six years. I'd say you could keep your X58 rig for a couple more years if you want.
  • Gurglingmonk - Monday, May 26, 2014 - link

    That's old, but it's still better than my Q6600 2.4Ghz 775LGA, I am not sure if I should update now or wait for the new processor. I recently updated the GPU from a GTX260 to a GTX770 OC.
  • MrSpadge - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Sure it makes sense to wait a bit longer. But: Broadwell won't be available this quickly for desktops. Current rumors say summer of next year.. which makes these chips OK for anyone wanting or needing a powerful rig now.

    BTW: early dual core A64 or Core 2 Duo chipos are getting old, but are still fine for desktop work given an SSD, 4 GB RAM and a new Win 8.1 install. Your system may have a few years on the mileometer, but is nothing like "old" yet.
  • Gimpy2k7 - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    I'm still running a Q9550 system I built in 2008. I want to upgrade, and am having a hard enough time waiting for the Devil's Canyon chips, and you want me to wait for Broadwell? Damn..
  • jwcalla - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Intel sure is ballsy with their pricing.
  • dwade123 - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    The current Pentiums aren't far behind the quadcores. Roughly 5-25+ FPS differences. Give it 5 Ghz clock speed and I can see it being on par or past it. All the good games are console ports anyways, and PC-only games are the same crappy indie games such as Dota 2 and Day Z. MEEH. No need for expensive PC hardwares anymore.
  • devione - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Dota 2 isn't a "crappy indie game".
  • dave1231 - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Power consumption is far more important to many users these days so over clocking a CPU seems excessive. Roll on Broadwell.
  • hero4hire - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Go buy a tablet then if power consumption is so important to you. I want performance and I want it cheap

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