PCPer 10 Days of Christmas: Day 3 - Intel Core i7-4790K

Subject: General Tech, Processors | December 16, 2014 - 11:00 AM |
Tagged: Intel, holiday, devil's canyon, 10 days of christmas

Are you still hunting for that perfect gift for the hardware and technology fan in your life? Or maybe you are looking for recommendations to give to your friends and family about what to buy for YOU? Or maybe you just want something new and cool to play with over the break? Welcome to PC Perspective's 10 Days of Christmas where we will suggest a new item each day for you to consider. Enjoy!

Today, we go from rusty gates (or rather cutting the bolts off of them with a Dremel) to tri-gates. Either way, you are probably looking for hardware that prides itself on variable speed. If you are looking to build or upgrade an upper-mainstream desktop PC, then the Intel Core i7-4790K is the last stop before Haswell-E.

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The CPU, codenamed Devil's Canyon, was Intel's offering for mainstream gamers and non-Enthusiast (capital E) enthusiasts during their Haswell refresh. It is cooler than its 4770K predecessor due to an improved thermal interface under the processor lid. It is a deal this week because its price dropped down to $299.99, which is about $50 below Intel's list price.

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If you are having trouble picking out a gift for a loved one, consider buying an Amazon.com gift card! Amazon has basically every product on the planet for your gift recipient to order and purchasing gift cards through these links directly sponsors and supports PC Perspective! And hey, if you were to buy gift cards for yourself to do your own Amazon-based Christmas shopping...that wouldn't exactly be a bad thing for us either! ;)

Did you miss any of our other PCPer 10 Days of Christmas posts?


December 16, 2014 | 12:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"Additional capacitors to smooth power delivery to die" First time reading it, I thought it was literally "death" not "dye"

December 16, 2014 | 01:54 PM - Posted by Necromanc3r (not verified)

You can pic a 4790k at Micro Center for $249.99.

December 16, 2014 | 02:50 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

??? Holy crap, you're right! That's awesome!

December 17, 2014 | 04:08 AM - Posted by Qrash

Yep, I always make a point of visiting a Microcenter if I'm near one during a US business trip. The closest one to us, Scott, is in northern New Jersey or Detroit.

December 16, 2014 | 04:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I wish I lived near a micro center :-(

December 16, 2014 | 04:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Just make sure it's in stock at the store, but you can order it online! lots of good deals on PC/Laptops, if you need a device with a quad core i7, there are plenty on sale at very affordable prices, even more so if you want to get last year's model with a quad core i7, I'm always a year behind the bleeding edge, and I save hundreds of dollars, it's not as if Intel's laptop i7 SKUs are improving dramatically the past few generations. I live near a MC and the savings are very good, and it's always good to have a brick and mortar location to exchange a defective part out, or get a quick refund if needed.

December 16, 2014 | 07:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

plus tax

December 21, 2014 | 06:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yay. Here's a new CPU for you to use once u buy a new motherboard. Awesome. Love presents that I have to spend another $100 to use.....

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