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Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Devil’s Canyon Officially Unleashed – See Specs, Price and Where to Buy

Intel has officially unleashed the most awaited Haswell Refresh K Series (unlock) quad core processors, a.k.a Devil’s Canyon – the Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K. The new Devil’s Canyon processors are built and designed for performance and could handle extreme overclocking. Both the Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K features a new and improved packaging and Thermal Interface Material. These new processors are said to handle high overclocking frequencies using an air cooler alone. Check out their respective features, specifications, price and where to buy below.

Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Devil's Canyon Officially Unleashed

The Intel Core i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon

The Intel Core i7-4790K is the flagship processor based on the 22nm fab, and is the successor of the i7-4770K. It features a base clock of 4.0GHz and 4.4GHz Turbo Boost, with 4 Cores and 8 Threads. It has fully unlocked cores and can handle high frequencies using just an air cooler, thanks to its Next Generation Polymer Thermal Interface Material.

The Core i7-4790K also features Turbo Boost technology 2.0, Hyper-Threading, HD Graphics 4600 with 1250MHz frequency, 8MB Intel Smart Cache and supports 2 channel DDR3-1600 memory. It also supports 16 PCI Express 3.0 lanes, Intel AVX and AES, and SSE4.1 and SSE4.2 instructions.

Intel Core i7-4790K Devils Canyon Specs

Intel Devil's Canyon Next Generation Polymer Thermal Interface Material

Intel Core i7-4790K performance

Intel Core i7-4790K Specifications

SpecificationsIntel Core i7-4790K
Number of Cores4
Number of Threads8
Clock Speed4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.4 GHz
Cache8 MB
DMI25 GT/s
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE 4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Lithography22 nm
Max TDP88 W
Max Memory Size(dependent on memory type)32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3-1333/1600
Number of Memory Channels2
Max Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo
Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.25 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory1.7 GB
Number of Displays Supported3
PCI Express Revision3
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8/2x4
Max Number of PCI Express Lanes16
Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography22nm
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1150
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology2
Intel® Hyper-Threading TechnologyYes

Price and Where to Buy

addtocartThe Intel Core i7-4790K has a recommended customer price of $350 USD according to Intel. It’s already available for only $339.99 here. Shipping will start as early as June 20.

The Intel Core i5-4690K Devil’s Canyon

Meanwhile, the Intel Core i5-4690K is a quad core processor with unlock cores, but has a lower clock speed and does not support hyper threading. It features a base clock speed of 3.5GHz with 3.9GHz Turbo Boost, and has 4 Cores and 4 Threads. It also features Intel’s NGPTIM, so expect it could handle better overclocking potential on air as well.

It has 6MB L3 Cache, Intel HD 4600 Graphics processor with 1200MHz frequency, supports dual channel DDR3-1600 and has a Thermal Design Power of 88W, just like the Core i7-4790K. If you look at it, it’s pretty much the same with its predecessor, the Core i5 4670K, but comes with an improved TIM and a tad higher clock speeds.

Intel Core i5-4690K Specifications

SpecificationsIntel Core i5-4690K
Number of Cores4
Number of Threads4
Clock Speed3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.9 GHz
Cache6 MB
DMI25 GT/s
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE 4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Lithography22 nm
Max TDP88 W
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)32 GB
Memory TypesDDR3-1333/1600
Number of Memory Channels2
Max Memory Bandwidth25.6 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo
Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 4600
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.2 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory1.7 GB
Number of Displays Supported3
PCI Express Revision3
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8/2x4
Max Number of PCI Express Lanes16
Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography22nm
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1150
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology2
Intel® Hyper-Threading TechnologyNo

Price and Where to Buy

addtocartI’m guessing that the Core i5-4690K will also be a popular CPU for gamers, just like its predecessor. It has a recommended customer price of $234 according to Intel, and is now available to order, see best price here. Shipping will also start as early as June 20.

Intel Devil's Canyon Overclocking

Haswell Refresh K vs 4th Gen Haswell

The Intel Pentium G3258

Aside from the Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K, Intel also launched its anniversary edition processor – the Intel Pentium G3258. It doesn’t have a jaw dropping specs and performance like the two above. But these particular Pentium processor features a fully unlocked cores. It has a base frequency of 3.2GHz, comes with 2 Cores, Intel HD Graphics, and 3MB Intel Smart Cache. It also supports Intel Quick Sync Video, dual channel DDR3-1333 memory, and is compatible with Intel 8 and 9 series chipsets.

Intel Pentium G3258

The Intel Pentium G3258 will start shipping by June 14, and comes with a retail price of $74.99 USD only.

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2 COMMENTS

    • Hi VINK June 14 is the official release date from Intel. That’s when they officially made the processors available to the market. But actual shipment of the products still depends on the retailers. Some retailers got their stocks earlier while some later. Please visit the link and you will see that Amazon will start to release their processors by June 20. Probably that’s the time when they have their inventory filled and ready to ship. Meanwhile, Newegg will start to ship their processors starting June 25.

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