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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  • Silenus - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    So Pentium G3258...looks like that could be the new goto processor for budget gaming PC builds!
  • ddriver - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    A big nail in amd's coffin. Absent raw performance and power efficiency, the sole advantage cheap amd chips had was the possibility to overclock and get some perf for free. This new chip might turn out to be a great overclocker, keeping in mind the low core and cache count.
  • Mayuyu - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    The nail was hammered in long before. This is like running up the score.
  • kyuu - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    A dual-core Pentium with no hyperthreading is going to kill AMD just because you can overclock it a little? Please.
  • ddriver - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    Any sources on the CPU being overclockable only "a little"? Intel CPUs overclock MUCH better than AMD CPUs, which doesn't stack too well for AMD considering that even midrange i5 chips beat its high end products.

    Intel will not "kill" AMD, just because they will look bad without any competition, Intel has crippled AMD into being a perpetual runner-up. The move to unlock such a cheap CPUs is yet another "stay down" blow for AMD, inflicted in the one of the last market niche AMD still looked "attractive".

    I am far from being an Intel fan - I sympathize with AMD and think Intel did a lot of damage to the market by crippling it with years of illegal anti-competitive practices - but I cannot deny the facts.
  • MikeMurphy - Friday, May 23, 2014 - link

    I can't think of a better value at $78. This will probably do nearly 5ghz without a sweat. That together with Haswell IPC will provide superior single-threaded performance to the point of eliminating the advantage of having more cores in AMD offerings. Only downside is paying for a more expensive Intel Z-class motherboard.
  • Alexvrb - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Yes, because only software that doesn't require performance bothers with multiple threads, right? I mean, all of today's demanding software is completely single-threaded. Obviously a 750K or 760K, which are also unlocked, just can't compete, right?
  • lyeoh - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - link

    Keep calm and carry on buying AMD. Someone has to do it to keep AMD alive, otherwise the rest of us buying Intel's stuff would have to pay more ;).
  • MikeMurphy - Sunday, May 25, 2014 - link

    I'm suggesting the IPC will probably be superior to the point that the two overclocked cores will be faster than four AMD cores in multi-threaded tasks. The bonus is a slaughter in single-threaded performance. Overall it will be a much better chip at that price point.
  • trichome333 - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - link

    Im the exact person AMD makes chips for and this is a nice looking processor. However, Im just going for a Haswell i5 in a few months. Im sick of CPU inferiority complex. So AMD has until end of summer before I make a move on a new rig to announce something big.

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