Devil's Canyon Haswell Refresh To Be Released At Computex! Overclocking Party Ahoy!

We are a bit too late with the news - VR-Zone published this yesterday - but at least as excited as twenty-four hours ago. Based on a leaked internal document, it seems Intel will be releasing the K-sku Haswell Refresh on June 2nd. For those unfamiliar with the IT tradeshow calendar: that's right at Computex time. So similar to last year, we will see a major release for overclocking during the hot Taipei summer. That is great news for the overclockers attending this year's tradeshow!

For those who don't know, Devil's Canyon is the codename for the overclocking SKUs of the upcoming Haswell Refresh processors. Intel has promised improved overclocking capabilities by optimizing the Thermal Interface Material, although sources suggest the optimizations might be related to the Haswell silicon revision. In any case, Intel seems very committed to improving the overclocking capabilities. I guess they might have seen the "Sandy Bridge" light"?

We look forward to the first OC result leaks. C'mon China!


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Belgium Massman says:

Soooo ... improved overclocking + next-gen platform demo (?) + 3x OC competitoin + 1x OC Gathering = kick-ass Computex !!

South Africa Vivi says:

i wanna see some leak!

Indonesia Lucky_n00b says:

Launched at Computex, so I assume it will be on sale during those days? If yes, then it's good enough reason to buy the bench spot at the party :D :D


Massman said: Soooo ... improved overclocking + next-gen platform demo (?) + 3x OC competition + 1x OC Gathering = kick-ass Computex !!


Wait..3?
I only know the G.Skill Competition, so will there be more?

Belgium Massman says:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ..... ooops ...

Indonesia Lucky_n00b says:

Massman said: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ..... ooops ...

MOAR info about these plz hahah :D :D :D

South Africa DrWeez says:

Massman is such a tease

United Kingdom ObscureParadox says:

More interested in the Pentium CPUs personally, would love to have a play about with an unlocked dual core again :)

Belgium Massman says:

Lucky_n00b said: MOAR info about these plz hahah :D :D :D


Hm ...

10, 12.5, 25 :celebration:

United States Gunslinger says:

hmmmm, would be nice to test an ES from the K skew refresh. :)

Germany Moose83 says:

Question is sell now good Hassfail or wait mh... :p

FlanK3r says:

extreme OC will be the same or better?:) I have one good 4770K

United States Gunslinger says:

flanker said: extreme OC will be the same or better?:) I have one good 4770K
Praying for better, and you have 1 more good 4770K than most! :p

Germany der8auer says:

It's physically the same chip. Why would it be better?

TaPaKaH says:

der8auer said: It's physically the same chip. Why would it be better?
same reason why D0 Bloomfield is better than C0/C1 Bloomfield? etc :)

United States Gunslinger says:

der8auer said: It's physically the same chip. Why would it be better?
This right here: For those who don't know, Devil's Canyon is the codename for the overclocking SKUs of the upcoming Haswell Refresh processors. Intel has promised improved overclocking capabilities by optimizing the Thermal Interface Material, although sources suggest the optimizations might be related to the Haswell silicon revision. In any case, Intel seems very committed to improving the overclocking capabilities. I guess they might have seen the "Sandy Bridge" light"?

Belgium leeghoofd says:

I hope you mean Ivy Bridge light Gunnie... plz no watercooled 6500Mhz and the same clocks on LN2... Scaling with cold and voltage or even better full pot benching !!

Romania suzuki says:

actually it will be amazing,think about what you can do with all that money wasted on ln2 :). Money in your pocket means more for hardware :).

Belgium leeghoofd says:

Don't agree, even with a non cherry picked CPU on LN2, users must be able to beat a cherry CPU running on watercooling/phase... There has to be a difference... SB was dull in my book

Belgium Massman says:

I don't think Intel is targeting the extreme overclockers specifically with this Refresh. The masses/mainstream is after all still more important to them. For Intel, Sandy Bridge was a huge success and it wouldn't surprise me if they'd try to replicate that.

South Africa QuantumX says:

Will unlocked Pentium and 4790K run on Z87? Sorry, I have to ask, can't find any clear info on this LOL But I guess Intel will probably force people to upgrade to Z97 for Devil's Canyon otherwise their new chipset is sort of obsolete until Broadwell

Belgium Massman says:

As far as I know, Devil's Canyon (the new K-skus) are supposed to only run on Z97. The question is if it will be possible to support backwards compatibility via BIOS update or maybe even electrical modification of the motherboard.

FlanK3r says:

Hm, so with LN2 seems the same...But we will see. Better spent the money for Haswell-E :). I hope guys for some info about Broadwell. Push at Intel guys at COmputex :-D

Germany der8auer says:

Massman said: As far as I know, Devil's Canyon (the new K-skus) are supposed to only run on Z97. The question is if it will be possible to support backwards compatibility via BIOS update or maybe even electrical modification of the motherboard.


Sounds more like Intel does not want it to run on Z87. It's still haswell so technically there is no reason it would not run on Z87. Maybe Intel does not want the BIOS to support Devil's Canyon so the board vendors can sell more mainboards.

Regarding overclocking I would be very surprised if there is a new stepping. There is no reason to change anything about the manufacturing for Intel. I guess they just put on a better TIM so you can overclock 100-200 MHz higher on air. Don't think the game will change on LN2.

Romania suzuki says:

if it's not compatible with z87 i am screwed ,i bought 2 motherboards for haswell,now i have to sell them in order to benefit from the same technology...Intel sucks.

South Africa Vivi says:

Improved TIM metallized gold plated die with 80Au 20Sn solder baby YEAH or uncured GC Extreme and we all screwed

Belgium Massman says:

der8auer said: Sounds more like Intel does not want it to run on Z87. It's still haswell so technically there is no reason it would not run on Z87. Maybe Intel does not want the BIOS to support Devil's Canyon so the board vendors can sell more mainboards.

Regarding overclocking I would be very surprised if there is a new stepping. There is no reason to change anything about the manufacturing for Intel. I guess they just put on a better TIM so you can overclock 100-200 MHz higher on air. Don't think the game will change on LN2.


If it's just microcode, then it should be quite easy to get them to work on the Z87 boards.

Sweden Calathea says:

So guys... should I sell my maximus vi e and decent 4770k in favor for z97 and Devils Canyon? Anyone knows/can say if it's worth it yet? ;)

FlanK3r says:

I beleive, there must be someone with Devils Canyon...Computex will be soon and OCman need a bit time for playing with new chips ,-)

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