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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  • Scabies - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

  • DanNeely - Sunday, May 25, 2014 - link

    Haswell-E and Skylake for main stream systems.
  • huldu - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    You call that old? I had a pentium 2.5ghz running on a 775 socket, 2gb ram, hd4650(agp) up until quite recently.

    Now I'm on a e8400, 4gb ram and hd4870(pcie!)... it can play games at least, to some degree.
  • SymphonyX7 - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - link

    Budget CPU? Yes. Budget motherboard? No. The biggest problem with Intel's unlocked processors is that you need an equivalent Zxx chipset to do any overclocking. Most people get a cheap motherboard to go with cheaper processors like the Pentium and Core i3. Unless they have a cheap motherboard to go with the unlocked Pentium 20th anniversary edition, I see it as nothing more than novelty.

    In AMD's case, most of their motherboards can overclock out of the box, even the very cheap ones. The main difference being how far you can overclock, as cheaper motherboards tend to have lower power phases and cheaper VRMs. For instance, I could only overclock my friend's FX-4300 completely stable to 4.3 Ghz on a cheapo Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P (rev 5.1) which uses an older 760 chipset and costs less than $50. A motherboard with the newer 970 chipset, better VRM and power phases can overclock the FX-4300 much higher.
  • WarpedGhost - Thursday, June 26, 2014 - link

    Well there is only one thing to say about this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpMvS1Q1sos

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