Today, Intel will launch their latest Haswell Refresh platform which would deliver a 100 MHz clock speed increment over the previous iteration of Haswell processors. Intel would be unveiling a variety of Haswell processors based on the refreshed design which would be available in LGA and BGA form factors. But the enthusiasts community has to wait a month more to gain access to the more overclocking friendly Devil’s Canyon processors which will include the flagship Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K CPUs.
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Intel Devil’s Canyon Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Processors
It looks like Devil’s Canyon lineup from Intel would only feature two new processors that are totally focused to the overclockers and enthusiast community. The Devil’s Canyon processors will launch on 2nd June as confirmed from previous reports and provide several improvements over the original Haswell architecture in terms of packaging and design.
As you may remember, Intel initially launched their fourth generation Haswell processors in June 2013 at Computex. The processors featured the latest 22nm core 3D Tri-gate transistors technology which improved the IPC and efficiency by a decent amount of Ivy Bridge. While the Haswell processors were met with a great response and backed by avariety of overclocking features, the processors didn’t happen to be great at overclocking due to the cheaper application of TIM between the IHS (Internal Heat Spreader) and the Haswell silicon itself which resulted in the heat to remain trapped between the chip due to poor contact.
Intel seems to finally be fixing this issue once and for all with their upcoming processors. The K-Series Haswell Refresh processors in specific are codenamed Devil’s Canyon which would offer used an improved design that incorporates updated packaging materials, improved TIM (Thermal Interface) and processors that are specifically re-engineered for enhanced performance and overclocking. So many users who have been waiting for Intel to update their TIM design since Ivy Bridge can now check out the new processors for their overclocking needs. You can noticed the changes in the image posted at the end of this article. So here’s the lineup and specifications:
Intel Core i7-4790K
The Core i7-4790K will be the flagship processor of the Haswell Refresh lineup and the first 22nm consumer CPU to obtain clock frequency of 4 GHz and a maximum boost clock of 4.4 GHz which is also a first for Intel. It will feature 4 cores and 8 threads along with a fully unlocked design which will allow users to overclock the chip past the limits thanks to the improved thermal design and updated package materials. The Core i7-4790K will feature a 88W TDP and would come with the latest HD 4600 graphics chip clocked at 1250 MHz. Pricing is not known at the moment.
Intel Core i5-4690K
The Core i5-4690K will be the fastest Core i5 Series processor of the Haswell Refresh lineup featuring a clock frequency of 3.5 GHz and a maximum boost clock of 3.9 GHz matching the specs of the Core i7-4770K in a way. It will feature 4 cores and 4 threads along with a fully unlocked design which will allow users to overclock the chip past the limits thanks to the improved thermal design and updated package materials. The Core i7-4690K will feature a 88W TDP and would come with the latest HD 4600 graphics chip clocked at 1250 MHz. Pricing is not known at the moment.
Both processors look great and with the launch of the new Z97 processors which feature impressive support for overclocking, now is the right time to launch these overclock oriented processors in the market. You may want to check out our review of the MSI Z97 MPOWER MAX and Gigabyte Z97 SOC Force in their respective links to get an idea of the 9-Series Intel platform.
Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Specifications Chart:
|Intel Core i5-4670K||Intel Core i5-4690K||Intel Core i7-4770K||Intel Core i7-4790K|
|Codename||Haswell||Devil’s Canyon||Haswell||Devil’s Canyon|
|Graphics||HD 4600||HD 4600||HD 4600||HD 4600|
|Base Clock||3.4 GHz||3.5 GHz||3.5 GHz||4.0 GHz|
|Turbo Boost||3.8 GHz||3.9 GHz||3.9 GHz||4.4 GHz|
|L3 Cache||6 MB||6 MB||8 MB||8 MB|
|Price||$243 US||$250 US?||$350 US||$350 US?|