Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Devil’s Canyon Specifications Revealed – 5.GHz Overclock Possible on Air!

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Intel has recently announced their latest Intel 9 series together with their new Haswell Refresh processors. But many from the PC Enthusiast community aren’t really excited about the Haswell Refresh processors. Most of us are anxiously waiting for the Haswell Refresh K-Series, codenamed Devil’s Canyon, the Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K. Luckily, their respective specifications where revealed earlier thanks to a site called Coolaler. Check out their respective specifications below.

Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Specs

UPDATE: Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Devil’s Canyon Now Official!

The Devil’s Canyon – Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K

The upcoming Intel Devil’s Canyon processors, the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K, features an unlock multiplier just like their predecessors. But what’s new and different about them is that they feature an improved and better thermal interface material that is placed between the die and the integrated heat spreader. They also come with a better packaging compared to the first Haswell and 3rg Gen. Ivy Bridge processors.

Don’t think of them as just an unlock versions of the Core i7-4790 and Core i5-4690 Haswell Refresh. Both the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K comes with a different codename because they are different compared to their non-K variant, in the sense that these chips are made from high-performing dies and are designed to handle higher voltages specially during overclocks.

Based on the leaked specifications, the Intel Core i7-4790K has a base clock speed of 4GHz with a Turbo Boost frequency of 4.4GHz. If the Core i7-4790K does really have an improved and better TIM and packaging, a 5GHz overclocked could be very much attainable using air cooling alone (I’m not referring to the Intel stock cooler). Those clock speeds also offers a 500MHz increase compared to its i7-4770K predecessor.

While a 5GHz overclock on air is possible with the i7-4790K, I don’t think that is the same case with the i5 variant. The Intel Core i5-4690K, the successor of the Core i5-4670K has a base clock of 3.5GHz and Turbo Boost speed of 3.9GHz. That’s only a measly 100MHz improvement compared to the Core i5-4670K. This tells us, that if you are currently using a Core i5-4670K upgrading to its successor is definitely not a good move. Check out the specs table below for more details.

Intel Core i7-4790K Specifications

Below is a table comparing the specifications of the Intel Core i7-4760K vs Core i7-4760 vs Core i7-4770K:

SpecificationsCore i7-4790KCore i7-4790Core i7-4770K
No. of Cores444
No. of Threads888
Base Frequency4.00 GHz3.60GHz3.50 GHz
Turbo Boost4.40 GHz4.00 GHz3.90 GHz
Total Cache8 MB8 MB8 MB
UnlockedYesNoYes
Memory Speed Support1600 DDR31600 DDR31600 DDR3
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600Intel HD Graphics 4600Intel HD Graphics 4600
Dynamic Frequency1250 MHz1200 MHz1250 MHz
TDP88 W84 W84 W

See also: Intel Core i7-4790 Benchmarks here

Intel Core i5-4690K Specifications

Below is a table comparing the specifications of the Intel Core i5-4690K vs Core i5-4690 vs Core i5-4670K:

SpecificationsCore i5-4690KCore i5-4690Core i5-4670K
No. of Cores444
No. of Threads444
Base Frequency3.50 GHz3.50 GHz3.40 GHz
Turbo Boost3.90 GHz3.90 GHz3.80 GHz
Total Cache6 MB6 MB6 MB
UnlockedYesNoYes
Memory Speed Support1600 DDR31600 DDR31600 DDR3
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600Intel HD Graphics 4600Intel HD Graphics 4600
Dynamic Frequency1200 MHz1200 MHz1200 MHz
TDP88 W84 W84 W

Release Date and Availability

Both the Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Devil’s Canyon processors are expected to be officially launched this coming June 2014. Most probably they will be announced at the first week of June during Computex 2014. Availability of both processors is expected to be towards the end of June or starting July 2014.

UPDATE2: Both the Intel Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K Devil’s Canyon processors are now available for order. Shipping will start as early as June 20. Check out the links below for actual retail pricing and/or discounts.

  • Intel Core i7-4760K on Newegg
  • Intel Core i5-4690K on Newegg

UPDATE: The new Intel Core i7-4790 and Core i5-4690 Haswell Refresh processors are now available. The Core i7-4790 is priced at $299, while the Core i5-4690 is priced at $224.99.

Meanwhile, the “performance-optimized lifetyle” S variants of the said Haswell Refresh processors are now available as well. The Intel Core i7-4790S is priced at $314.99, and the Core i5-4690S is priced at $224.99.

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