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.
Nearly six years have passed since the Core i7 series debuted as a 45nm part on the LGA1366 platform, which Intel has been refining over many iterations through its tick-tock philosophy that follows every architectural update with a die shrink. Today's release isn't a tick or a tock, it's simply a refresh. But while we don't expect much more than slight speed bumps, the company has also released new 9-series chipsets, and we happen to have a few motherboards on hand.
So, this is a bit weird. Today marks the official introduction of Intel's 9 Series chipset. Motherboards based on the chip have been selling for weeks, and we've even reviewed one of 'em, but the press embargo for the chipset didn't lift until just now. Go figure. This chipset launch is unusual in another way, too...
Low-end desktop SoCs typically come soldered to motherboards, including AMD's 2011 Brazos platform as well as Intel's Bay Trail-D. AMD hopes to change that with its AM1 platform, which currently offers four APUs as well as a range of affordable motherboards. While checking out the new AM1 APUs, we have rounded up competing chips to give you a clearer picture of what is available in the budget CPU market.