Intel unveils Core i7-4790K running at 4GHz, and 12.5in fanless Broadwell hybrid

Intel has been showing off some new kit over at Computex in Taiwan, and the company has pulled the curtains on a new Core i7 CPU which is clocked at the fastest ever speed of 4GHz, and a Broadwell-powered 2-in-1 hybrid reference design that's super-thin and doesn't need a fan for cooling.

The Core i7-4790K is the firm's newest CPU, codenamed "Devil's Canyon" but still a Haswell (fourth-generation) model which is aimed at enthusiasts. This is a quad-core CPU with a 4GHz base frequency, and as a "K" model it's unlocked and can be overclocked, so it'll be interesting to see what sort of speed it can be pushed to with some good cooling when the processor emerges – which should be soon enough. Production shipments are slated to begin later this month, but no pricing has been confirmed yet.

Intel also took the wraps off a fanless 2-in-1 hybrid reference design with a 12.5in display running Broadwell (an Intel Core M processor – apparently the most energy efficient Core CPU in the company's history). The unit was impressively thin and light at just 7.2mm (see the pic above) and weighing 670 grams without the keyboard. The device also boasts a media dock which can deliver additional cooling for peppier performance when docked. Expect Core M toting hybrids to hit shelves later this year.

Intel President Renée James noted that there are 130 Intel-powered tablets either on sale or coming to market later in 2014.

James also showcased a new line of data centre SSDs, the Intel Solid-State Drive Data Centre Family for PCIe, designed for high performance and reliability, which will become available in the third quarter.