updated 02:03 pm EDT, Mon May 26, 2014
Two updated Haswell processors for enthusiasts, $78 unlocked dual-core Pentium
Information and pricing has been leaked for the upcoming unlocked Devil's Canyon and Pentium anniversary processors from Intel. Two quad-core processors will be released as part of the Devil's Canyon series, while the anniversary Pentium will be a low-end dual-core chip. Specifications who CPUs are said to be compatible with 8- and 9-series motherboards, since they are both LGA1150 sockets.
Intel's new Devil's Canyon CPUs, an unlocked version of a Haswell processor, will be available in Core i5 and Core i7 versions. These unlocked processors will be listed as the i7-4790K and i5-4690K, according to information from Legit Reviews. The price difference for the processors, featuring an improved thermal interface material, is aimed at hobbyist buyers. The Core i5 version is priced at $254, while the Core i7 is listed at $363.
The 4790K will feature a clock of 4.10GHz at its base, and 4.4GHz turbo if the listings from Bottom Line Telecommunications are correct. The processor will contain 8MB of L3 cache, Hyperthreading and HD 4600 graphics. The Core i5 version of the processor will clock at 3.5GHz base and 3.9GHz at turbo. The i5-4690K contains 6MB of L3 cache, but will lack Hyperthreading.
The 20th anniversary processor is being shown at a speed of 3.2GHz if the listings are believed. The chip will be designated G3258, a step above the G3240's 3.1GHz. Even though this is a low-end Pentium chip, offering a dual-core setup with 3MB of L3 cache, it is a fairly big deal in the computer world. Intel's Haswell-based G3258 will be an unlocked, value processor. Though it lacks the K designation, the chip hails back to the days when cheaper Intel CPUs, like the Pentium 2 and Core 2 Duo, were overclocked to overwhelming results. Initial pricing at the retailer is listed at $78, only $3 over the G3240.
Official release details are expected to be announced in June, during Computex 2014.