Intel launches Devil's Canyon, Pentium Anniversary enthusiast CPUs

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At Computex 2014, Intel has officially launched and detailed their Devil's Canyon and Pentium Anniversary Edition processors which it first announced back in March. Focused on enthusiast PC builders, all three new Haswell-based CPUs have fully unlocked multipliers and are designed with overclocking in mind.

Intel has two processors codenamed 'Devil's Canyon': the Core i7-4790K and the Core i5-4690K. The top-end chip, the i7-4790K, has received a significant clock speed increase over the standard i7-4790, boasting a base clock speed of 4.0 GHz on all four cores and boosting up to 4.4 GHz; 0.4 GHz higher than the 4790 and much more suited for overclocking.

The i7-4790K comes with other top-end features including Hyper-Threading (it supports eight threads), Intel HD Graphics 4600 clocked at 1250 MHz, 8 MB of "Smart Cache", DDR3-1600 memory support and 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes. It will be available for around $339, the same price as their previous high-end K-series CPU, the i7-4770K.

The i7-4690K is clocked at 3.5 GHz with a Turbo frequency of 3.9 GHz, which is the same as the non-K i7-4690. It's still a quad-core part, but only supports four threads, and comes with 6 MB of cache plus a HD Graphics 4600 GPU clocked at 1200 MHz. It'll be priced around $242, again the same price as its predecessor, the i5-4670K.

Both the 4790K and 4690K have a TDP of 88W, which is 4W higher than past K-series Haswell parts. They'll begin shipping sometime this month, as expected.

Intel's Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU is unimaginatively named the Pentium G3258, but despite lacking K nomenclature, it's a fully unlocked part. It's clocked at 3.2 GHz on two cores, comes with 3 MB of cache, and supports DDR3-1333 memory. Also packing HD Graphics clocked at 1100 MHz, and a TDP of 53W, it could be the perfect part for enthusiasts looking to build a low cost yet powerful HTPC.

The Pentium G3258 will also begin shipping sometime this month, and will cost around $72.

Next-Generation Polymer Thermal Interface Material (NGPTIM) helps all of these chips run cooler, and additional capacitors improve power delivery. All support the LGA 1150 CPU socket as well, compatible with either the 8- or 9-series chipsets.

It's great to see Intel continuing to cater for the enthusiast PC audience, and I look forward to seeing what else the company has on show at Computex.

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