On Tuesday, Intel Corporation president Renée James revealed during COMPUTEX 2014 in Taipei three "Devil's Canyon" chips that are slated to be released sometime in June. They will not only feature an unlocked multiplier, but also improved packaging and thermals.
According to Intel, the new chips will be fully socket compatible with the current 1150 pin LGA package. They will also have Next-Generation Polymer Thermal Interface Material (NGPTIM) that works with existing cooling solutions, enabling higher and cooler performing CPUs. Intel has also thrown in additional capacitors to smooth the power delivery to the die.
For starters, the fully unlocked Intel Core i7-4790K features four cores with a base frequency of 4.0 GHz each and eight threads. Other features include 8 MB of Intel Smart Cache, support for two-channel DDR3-1600 memory, integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 clocked at 1250 MHz, support for LGA 1150 socket, and more.
The company also introduced the Intel Pentium Processor Anniversary Edition that is also unlocked. This chip has two cores clocked at 3.2 GHz each (base frequency). The chip supports LGA 1150 socket, two-channel DDR3-1333 memory, and features Intel HD Graphics, Intel Quick Sync Video, and 2 MB of Intel Smart Cache. This processor is compatible with Intel 8 or 9 Series chipsets.
Finally, there is also the Intel Core i5-4690K, a fully unlocked processor with four cores clocked at 3.5 GHz (base frequency) and four threads. This chip supports LGA 1150 socket, two channel DDR3-1600 memory, and includes Intel HD Graphics 4600 clocked at 1200 MHz. There's also 6 MB of Intel Smart Cache.
In addition to the Devil's Canyon chips, James also demonstrated the world's first 14 nm fanless mobile PC reference design -- a 2-in-1 form factor with a 12.5-inch screen that is 7.2 mm thin with the keyboard removed. This device was based on Intel's new Core M processor, which promises to deliver fanless designs, lightning-fast performance of a tablet and the form factor of a razor-thin laptop.