Tuesday, June 3rd 2014

Intel Announces Core i7 and Core i5 "Devil's Canyon" Quad-core Processors

Intel announced its much awaited Core i7 and Core i5 "Devil's Canyon" unlocked quad-core processors. Based on an enhanced "Haswell-DT" Refresh silicon, the chips feature binned dies, enhanced thermal interface material between the die and the integrated heatspreader, enhanced on-package electricals, and high voltage limits. Among the models launched today, are the Core i7-4790K, and the Core i7-4690K. The i7-4790K features four cores, with HyperThreading enabling eight logical CPUs, 8 MB L3 cache, Intel HD 4600 graphics, and an integrated dual-channel DDR3 IMC. It comes with clock speeds of 4.00 GHz, with 4.40 GHz Turbo Boost. Apart from unlocked multipliers, it features higher voltage limits than the current i7-4770K. The Core i5-4690K, on the other hand, is a quad-core chip that lacks HyperThreading. It offers clock speeds of 3.50 GHz, and Turbo Boost speeds of 3.90 GHz. The i7-4790K is priced at US $350, and the i5-4690K at $250. Both chips should be available by 25th June, 2014. For now, you can pre-order them on Newegg.
Add your own comment

6 Comments on Intel Announces Core i7 and Core i5 "Devil's Canyon" Quad-core Processors

#1
Prima.Vera
by: btarunr
... Among the models launched today, are the Core i7-4790K, and the Core i7-4690K.
Core i7-4690K
typo... :D
Posted on Reply
#2
jigar2speed
So from what i understand my i5 4670K once delidded will become a devil's canyon ?

EDIT: Just went through some forums about delidded, Devil's canyon chips should be better.
Posted on Reply
#3
The Von Matrices
Wow, Intel just gave a 500MHz (14%) clock speed increase on the top processor... for free. That percentage increase in clock speed for free is unheard of since the 1990s. Plus you get the improved power circuitry and thermal interface.

The i7`s value was always questionable compared to the i5 in all four previous generations, but with a 500 MHz clock speed increase the i7 is a compelling buy.

[Spoiler]Yes, I realize that the AMD FX-9590 was a 700 MHz increase over the FX-8350, but it also cost over three times as much as its predecessor at launch.[/Spoiler]
Posted on Reply
#4
Hilux SSRG
by: The Von Matrices
Wow, Intel just gave a 500MHz (14%) clock speed increase on the top processor... for free. That percentage increase in clock speed for free is unheard of since the 1990s. Plus you get the improved power circuitry and thermal interface.

The i7`s value was always questionable compared to the i5 in all four previous generations, but with a 500 MHz clock speed increase the i7 is a compelling buy.

[Spoiler]Yes, I realize that the AMD FX-9590 was a 700 MHz increase over the FX-8350, but it also cost over three times as much as its predecessor at launch.[/Spoiler]
I don't mean to sound unfriendly but how can you be satisfied with a 500mhz bump for turbo? Isn't turbo a fancy way of saying its a "guaranteed oc"? That's low.
Posted on Reply
#5
The Von Matrices
by: Hilux SSRG
I don't mean to sound unfriendly but how can you be satisfied with a 500mhz bump for turbo? Isn't turbo a fancy way of saying its a "guaranteed oc"? That's low.
I can understand your different viewpoint. What matters to me is two things. First, the processor's stock speed is higher than I can get my overclocked 4770K (at 1.3V it won't go higher than 4.2GHz on 4 cores). Second and more importantly, the 4790K is a good value proposition for non-overclockers. There is a large contingent of people, many of whom I know personally, who assemble systems only because you can save money by building your own. These individuals don't care about overclocking, and the 4790K is now an awesome chip for non-overclockers. At the same price point you can have a 3.6 GHz i7-4790 or a 4.0 GHz i7-4790K. The only difference is that the K doesn't have VT-d, which for almost everyone is a non-issue. Plus, places like Micro Center frequently discount the K processors but offer no discounts on the locked processors. I think the choice between the two is a no-brainer even if you don't plan to overclock.
Posted on Reply
#6
Hilux SSRG
by: The Von Matrices
I can understand your different viewpoint. What matters to me is two things. First, the processor's stock speed is higher than I can get my overclocked 4770K (at 1.3V it won't go higher than 4.2GHz on 4 cores). Second and more importantly, the 4790K is a good value proposition for non-overclockers. There is a large contingent of people, many of whom I know personally, who assemble systems only because you can save money by building your own. These individuals don't care about overclocking, and the 4790K is now an awesome chip for non-overclockers. At the same price point you can have a 3.6 GHz i7-4790 or a 4.0 GHz i7-4790K. The only difference is that the K doesn't have VT-d, which for almost everyone is a non-issue. Plus, places like Micro Center frequently discount the K processors but offer no discounts on the locked processors. I think the choice between the two is a no-brainer even if you don't plan to overclock.
I understand now what you mean and agree for the non-enthusiast a 500mhz bump is great. Value wise that 4790k is still $25-50 too much, but ehh?
Posted on Reply