Intel has unveiled its fastest ever desktop processor. The Core i7-4790K, introduced today at Computex in Taipei, features four Hyper-Threaded cores all running at a base frequency of 4GHz. Under load, a single core can ramp up to an eyebrow-raising 4.4GHz. The counterpart Core i5-4690K, with a base clock of 3.5GHz, has also been announced.
These “Devil’s Canyon” chips are based on the Haswell core, but upgraded with “next-generation” thermal interface material, enabling faster performance without the need for an upgraded heatsink and cooling system. Additional capacitors have been attached to the CPU package to ensure a strong and stable power supply.