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Although it isn’t a Devil’s Canyon processor, Intel’s Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition could be considered a nod to the overclocking-focused past that the brand is famous for. The G3258 is the cheapest, multiplier-unlocked dual-core Haswell processor available on the market and it is making life hell for AMD, particularly when the software market is still so heavily focused on single-threaded performance. What does this little Pentium offer, then, to the consumer and what would you need to get the most out of it? Hit the jump to read a little more into this tiny monster.

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According to a leak of a presentation given by Intel at 3D Revolution 2014 in Italy behind closed doors, there are a few shifts in the dates of the launches of the various chips coming out in the second half of 2014 and going into 2015. The presentation claims that Haswell-E will be pushed back into a Q3 or Q4 2014 launch to allow for DDR4 production to ramp up more and to give Intel and its partners more time to prepare their products for the launch.

Broadwell will only be launching for desktops with the K-series unlocked processors in Q1 2015, or just a few weeks after CES 2015 (so, a late January/early February release). Intel remains steadfast in their decision to not make an entire line of chips to replace Haswell and this allows them to switch quickly to Skylake, which pops up in 1H 2015 with a new socket and DDR4 compatibility. In the meantime, though, Broadwell processors will find their place in the mobile segments in laptops, ultrabooks and tablets. Broadwell is only a die shrink to the 14 nanometer process, so shipping it in place of Haswell is easy enough.

Source: TechpowerUp

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There’s not been a lot of competition for AMD in the budget market, at least overseas, because thanks to the unlocked Athlon X4 processors there’s really no need to consider a dual-core Celeron or Pentium chip at all. With the X4 you get four cores and an unlocked multiplier, allowing it to leapfrog dual-core solutions in the benchmarks. But now it’s time for Intel to turn that around with the Pentium G2358, otherwise known as the Pentium Processor Anniversary Edition. 

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Intel tweeted a picture yesterday showing a reference setup of a Devil’s Canyon Core i7-4790K. While visually imposing, Intel also claims it was overclocked to 5.5GHz and running on a air cooler. If most of the Devil’s Canyon chips can even reach just 5.0GHz under air or low-end water cooling, that will be a very impressive feat for the company. The Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K are set to launch in mid-June, with the multiplier-unlocked Pentium G3258 following swiftly after.

Source: Twitter

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Its only been a year since Intel’s launch of the new Haswell family and we’ve already seen a refresh of the regular processor lineup. Overall, Haswell refresh is underwhelming, giving consumers a few 100MHz boosts here and there, but nothing more. That’s all set to change today though, because Intel is finally able to share all the details on Devil’s Canyon and the Pentium Anniversary Edition processor. Its a small launch, but a very important one that shows Intel is listening to enthusiasts for once. Hit the jump for all the juicy bits.

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Its not very often that the rules of the game in the hardware industry change, but they have changed considerably in one fell swoop. Intel recently entered into a partnerchip with Chinese-based Rockchip, a semiconductor manufacturer that currently makes their own ARM-based processors and a bunch of really nice 3G and LTE modems. The partnership will allow the two companies to collaborate on the design of an Intel Silvermont-based Atom processor with embedded 3G and LTE technologies for use in budget tablets. The chip will be price-competitive and with the Rockchip name involved, Intel finds its way into establishing itself in the Chinese market. But why is this development so very important for the x86 market?

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Intel is going to have a very, very busy next few weeks as it gears up for the launch of the Haswell-E family, which will bring along with it the X99 chipset (detailed by Neo in the June edition of NAG) and the first commercial support for DDR4 memory. Not only does the platform and memory controller change drastically, Intel is also changing the high-end “prosumer” lineup for the first time, offering six and eight-core processors for LGA2011-3. Hit the jump for more details about these behemoths.

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As a fan of computers made for industrial environments, I’ve always loved the idea of a fully silent computer with no moving parts. We’ve come close in the past with many low-power processor designs and architectures but many of these still created enough heat and consumed enough power to require active cooling (cough *Intel Atom* cough), which didn’t help to reduce the amount of things that could break.

With SSDs still not being mainstream enough by the time that low-power computing became a real concern for Intel, IT professionals and network admins still had a lot of work on their hands, dragging out machines every now and then for a clean or a hardware replacement due to overheats and moisture build-up. Well, Gigabyte and Intel are trying to avoid that with the Bay Trail BRIX, which contains no moving parts whatsoever.

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Intel’s been on the warpath recently with their CPU launches, having just completed the Haswell refresh along with a new 9-series LGA1150 chipset, with the Devil’s Canyon family still to come as well as the new LGA2011-3 socket and the X99 chipset with DDR4 memory. With such a tight schedule this year, it’s beginning to take a strain on their future plans. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced today at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California that their new Broadwell processors, due to ship on the 14-nanometer production process, are still on schedule but delayed slightly.

“I can guarantee for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday,” Krzanich said to Reuters. “Back to school – that’s a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That’s going to be tough.”

Source: Reuters

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Remember the piece I wrote a while back about the five greatest multiplayer maps of all time? Remember which map I placed in the number one spot? That’s right, Quake‘s sublime Campgrounds (or dm6) was chosen as the best of the best in multiplayer maps. Now, another chapter in the map’s illustrious history is being written as Intel and id Software have combined forces to create a specially redesigned version of the map (named Campgrounds: Intel Edition) which will be used in the Intel Quake Live Duel Masters Invitational Championship at QuakeCon 2014. Not every game gives you the chance to frag your opponent while standing under a giant CPU fan now does it?

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