Intel this week also recognized the 20-year anniversary of the first Pentium processor, which had a single core, operated at a frequency between 60MHz and 66MHz and contained a 16-KB Level 1 cache. Later this month Intel will ship the Pentium G3258, a dual-core, dual-thread CPU that operates at a base frequency of 3.2GHz and contains a 3-MB cache and Intel HD Graphics at 1,100MHz. It has an unlocked multiplier, plugs into the LGA1150 socket and is compatible with Intel 8- or 9-Series chipsets. Intel's published 1K pricing for this part is $72. The Core i7-4790K will sell in the same quantities for $339; the Core i5-4690K will cost $242.
Combine a tech market that is rapidly discarding old business models with the damage done by a rogue former government contractor and you have what may well be the most treacherous terrain ever faced by technology CEOs.