Monday, June 9th 2014

Intel Core "Devil's Canyon" Supported on Some 8-series Motherboards

Originally launched as an exclusive for Intel 9-series chipset motherboards, Intel's unlocked Core i5 and Core i7 "Devil's Canyon" quad-core processors, are now supported on a large number of motherboards based on older 8-series chipsets (H81, B85, H87, and Z87), with a BIOS update from the board manufacturer. Intel posted a list of motherboards with "Devil's Canyon" chips, on its website. Most popular Z87-based motherboards are on this list, much to the relief of enthusiasts who spent a small fortune (read: over $300) on high-end Z87-based motherboards, a little over a year ago. "Devil's Canyon" combines specially binned "Haswell" Refresh silicon, with high-tolerance on-package electricals, LGA contact points, and a more efficient thermal interface material between the die and the integrated heatspreader (IHS). The lineup currently includes Core i5-4690K (3.50 GHz, 3.90 GHz Turbo Boost, 4 cores, 4 threads, 6 MB L3 cache, $250), and Core i7-4790K (4.00 GHz, 4.40 GHz Turbo Boost, 4 cores, 8 threads, 8 MB L3 cache, $350).
Find the list of motherboards for Core i7-4790K here, and for Core i5-4690K here.
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15 Comments on Intel Core "Devil's Canyon" Supported on Some 8-series Motherboards

#1
Chaitanya
Almost all of High-end Z87 series boards seem to be supported. This is a good news for anyone who has invested in Z87 boards already. I would like to see some overclocking results of this new CPU.
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#2
arbiter
Yea makes me happy that mine has had bios out though beta for a few weeks, But I have a pretty solid 4770k that doing 4.5ghz @ 1.20volts. haven't really messed with it yet to see if i can go any lower on volts yet. Reading that list looks like a Ton of typo's on asus boards at least.
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#3
Dj-ElectriC
This is not a full list.

For example - the Asus Z87 DELUXE does not appear on this list yet it does support the Core i7 4790K CPU with the 2003 BIOS

So, do not trust this list for compatability - use only the motherboard's list on its official page.

I just checked - it seems like all Asus LGA1150 boards include support for 4790K, even H81 boards (if anyone could find a model that doesn't, please mention). And there is not even a single Asus H81 board on this list.
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#4
buggalugs
Ya, theres only a couple of Z87 Asus boards listed. That cant be right.
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#5
Svarog
by: arbiter
Yea makes me happy that mine has had bios out though beta for a few weeks, But I have a pretty solid 4770k that doing 4.5ghz @ 1.20volts. haven't really messed with it yet to see if i can go any lower on volts yet. Reading that list looks like a Ton of typo's on asus boards at least.
I wont risk mine either.

My 4770K does 4,5 GHz @ 1.175 volts.
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#6
jigar2speed
Good to see my motherboard is listed, too bad Intel did a good job on i5 4670K, hence i don't need to pull the trigger again.
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#7
20mmrain
While Intel may want to give the impression that only a select few high end Z87 motherboards will work with Devils Canyon.
I disagree in the long run. I work for a OEM Server company and we partner with Intel. Since we we are having issues qualifying our i7 4770 Haswell servers because of heat. Intel has sent us i7 4790k's as replacements to finish our qualifying because they run cooler. They also sent us these processors with the directions to use them on Z87 motherboards so we did not have to start our qualifying process all over. The motherboard we are using for qualification is not Intel either.... it is BCM and Supermicro.
So if those two Server Motherboard manufactures are supporting the i7 4790k on Z87.... I wouldn't worry that most motherboards made by Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, EVGA, ans so on will get the update.

I also think more server companies were having issues with this than just us. If you ask me this is why I think Intel made the improvement. (the embedded, OEM, Server space) Not the gaming community as we would like to think. But it is brilliant marketing by Intel non the less.
Its hard to get i7 4770's to stay under the thermal threshold when you have 12 of them in a rack and heat rises. :)
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#8
Animalpak
by: Chaitanya
Almost all of High-end Z87 series boards seem to be supported. This is a good news for anyone who has invested in Z87 boards already. I would like to see some overclocking results of this new CPU.
Im gonna buy this CPU, i like the fact that runs at 4 GHz stock.

You can see some benchmarks at pcper.com
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#9
Live OR Die
Ill picking up a new chip just to test her out.
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#10
Hilux SSRG
by: Animalpak
Im gonna buy this CPU, i like the fact that runs at 4 GHz stock.

You can see some benchmarks at pcper.com
Good review, thanks for sharing.

So the new TIM lowers temps but not much OC potential. I hope that's not the case for the majority of the chips being shipped.
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#11
Dj-ElectriC
pcper's review has a very weak sample. That's a shame.

My 4770K ES goes 4.5Ghz 1.125v on some boards.

Yes.
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#12
Hilux SSRG
by: Dj-ElectriC
pcper's review has a very weak sample. That's a shame.

My 4770K ES goes 4.5Ghz 1.125v on some boards.

Yes.
ES = Engineering Sample?

If so, I'm sure there will be a 4790K ES that goes at least 4.7+ghz.

But for the regular oem purchase I hope there is more oc headroom.
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#13
avatar_raq
AFAIK Z97 is merely a stepping of Z87, so I don't see how any Z87 board can't support the latest CPUs.
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#14
arbiter
by: Hilux SSRG
ES = Engineering Sample?

If so, I'm sure there will be a 4790K ES that goes at least 4.7+ghz.

But for the regular oem purchase I hope there is more oc headroom.
Intel told Ryan @ Pcper they don't cherry pick the ES chips. Which given this chip would seem to support that.
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#15
Live OR Die
Seems intel has removed all z87 boards there are only z97 on the list now??
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