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Pentium Anniversary Edition and Devil's Canyon

We already now a great deal about the entire range of new LGa1150 CPUs, but everything here is now concrete. Starting with the Anniversary Pentium - this is slated to retail for $72, comes with a base frequency of 3.2GHz and of course is fully multiplier-unlocked. It sports two cores with 3MB Intel Smart Cache. Memory support appears to be limited to 1,333MHz but it's fully compatible with both Z87 and Z97 chipsets.

*Intel Computex Press Briefing - Devil's Canyon, 4K and PC Growth Pentium Anniversary Edition and Devil's Canyon
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It's not since the Pentium G9650 that we've had a sub £100 decent Intel overclocker and if you only got into overclocking in the Core i5-2500K era, then this will be a whole new world for you. Yes it's only got two cores and lacks hyper-threading but for budget gaming systems it could prove very fruitful.

*Intel Computex Press Briefing - Devil's Canyon, 4K and PC Growth Pentium Anniversary Edition and Devil's Canyon
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The flagship K-series CPU, the hyper-threaded Core i7-4790K, which is Intel's first 4GHz desktop CPU, will offer Intel HD graphics 4600 (a GPU core speed of 1,250MHz), 8MB Intel Smart Cache and looks set to cost $339. The non hyper-threaded Core i5-4690K will cost $242 and both are slated to start shipping this month.

*Intel Computex Press Briefing - Devil's Canyon, 4K and PC Growth Pentium Anniversary Edition and Devil's Canyon
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Intel also revealed some more details about the K-series CPUs, specifically that there are more capacitors to smooth power delivery to the CPU die and more on the improve thermal interface too - Intel states it's using a Next-Generation Polymer Thermal Interface Material (NGPTIM). We obviously can't wait to get out mits on a K-series chip but Intel has all but admitted things weren't quite right with Ivy Bridge and Haswell, so everything points to better overclocking on Devil's Canyon.

Asus has also announced that it has the answer to Z87 and Devil's Canyon compatibility via a BIOS update for the majority of its Z87 boards - Intel has finally provided some concrete information here - Z87 motherboards will support Devil's Canyon provided they support the CPU specification, which is primarily a slight increase in TDP. It wanted to be clear that this support will likely vary from manufacturer to manufacturer so this looks like you'll need to check with your specific board manufacturer. Even then, Z97 boards have shown better overclocking credentials with Haswell CPUs so it remains to be seen if a bargain basement Z87 board or a more recent Z97 board is the way to go if you're on a budget.

*Intel Computex Press Briefing - Devil's Canyon, 4K and PC Growth Pentium Anniversary Edition and Devil's Canyon
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*Intel Computex Press Briefing - Devil's Canyon, 4K and PC Growth Pentium Anniversary Edition and Devil's Canyon
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Finally, if you're questioning the real world performance differences between you're aging system and the new CPUs then Intel has some interesting figures for you. Firstly, the new Core i7-4790K is nearly three times as fast as a Core 2 Quad-Q9650 and getting on for twice as fast as a Core i7-880.

*Intel Computex Press Briefing - Devil's Canyon, 4K and PC Growth Pentium Anniversary Edition and Devil's Canyon
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The main comparison comes over Sandy Bridge CPUs - we know a lot of you are still rocking the likes of the Core i5-2500K, well, compared to the Core i7-2700K, the new Core i7 K-series chip is 34 per cent faster in SYSMark 2014's Productivity test, 65 per cent faster in the Media Creation test, 35 per cent faster at Multi-Tasking and 30 per cent faster in 3D Modelling. Haswell was already a worthwhile upgrade from Sandy Bridge but Devil's Canyon is shaping up very nicely. We just need one to land in our lab.

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