Intel Corp. plans to start sales of its highly-anticipated microprocessors code-named “Devil’s Canyon” on the 2nd of June, but already now numerous stores are quietly taking pre-orders on the new chips and thus reveal their prices. Despite of all the hype that Intel created regarding the small family of CPUs with increased overclocking potential, those products will cost roughly the same amount of money as their predecessors.
ShopBLT, a store that usually begins to take pre-orders on the new chips from AMD and Intel ahead of others, currently offers the Core i5 and the Core i7 “Devil’s Canyon” processors as well as the Intel Pentium “20th anniversary edition” for pre-purchase:
- Intel Core i7-4790K (4 cores with HT, 4.1GHz/4.4GHz frequency, 8MB cache, Intel HD Graphics 4600, 88W TDP) – $351/$362 for tray/box version;
- Intel Core i5-4690K (4 cores, 3.5GHz/3.9GHz frequency, 6MB cache, Intel HD Graphics 4600, 88W TDP) – $242/$254 for tray/box version;
- Intel Pentium G3258 (2 cores, 3.2GHz frequency, 3MB cache, Intel HD Graphics, 53W TDP) – $78 for both tray and box versions.
The prices of the new microprocessors are similar to those of the Core i7-4770K, the Core i7-4670K as well as the Pentium G3400-series chips. While these prices on the new “Devil’s Canyon” processors are only applicable to the U.S. market, expect similar situation in the UK and mainland Europe. The new processors for overclockers will cost roughly the same amount of money as their predecessors, i.e., the Core i7-4790K will cost in the range between £230 and £240, whereas the Core i5-4690K will be priced between £160 and £170.
The “Devil’s Canyon” line of products for performance enthusiasts and overclockers feature marginally different packaging with improved thermal interface material, which promises to enable higher overclocking potential. While the chips come in LGA1150 form-factor, they are only compatible with the Intel Z97 and the Intel H97 platforms.
Intel traditionally sells different generations of microprocessors for the same market segment at similar price-points. It is not a surprise that with the new chips for enthusiasts it decided to keep the same policy.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: The Core i7-4790K chip seems to be a rather good choice. Previously the difference in performance between the Core i7-K and the Core i5-K products was not really significant, unlike the price. This time performance gap between the i7-4790K and the i5-4690K is going to be rather massive thanks to the huge 600MHz (17 per cent) clock-rate difference.