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Intel Updates Processor Price List: Price Cuts and New Models

Category: CPU's
Posted: 07:06AM

Intel updated its processor price list yesterday, adding some new models and cutting the prices of others. The biggest addition is that of the non-Extreme Edition Core i7 970, a Gulftown part with six cores running at 3.2GHz. That comes in at a price of $885 (for 1Ku Tray Units), so you'll be seeing it pop up for around $899.99 at e-tailers such as Newegg, therefore knocking $100 off the entry price of Intel's six core parts (the 980X retains its $999 price tag). Other new additions include the Core i5 760, which takes the specs of the i5 750 and bumps the core speed from 2.66GHz up to 2.80GHz. That comes in at $205 in 1K quantities and is currently selling for $209.99 over at Newegg. The Core i7 870 gets a massive 48% price cut, with the 1K unit price dropping from $562 to $294 (it seems that this price cut may not be reflected at retailers yet). A low power i7 870S also gets an introduction at $351, though it also takes a frequency reduction over the regular i7 870 from 2.93GHz to 2.66GHz.

You can check out the full updated price list here (PDF), or check out the table below for the highlights.

Processor Model June '10 Price (6/20) July '10 Price (7/18) % Decrease
i7-970 (12M L3 cache, 6 Cores, 12 Threads, 3.20 GHz 6.40 GT/sec Intel® QPI 32nm)     $885  
i7-870 (8M L3 cache, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 2.93 GHz 45nm)   $562 $294 48%
i5-760 (8M L3 cache, 4 Cores,4 Threads, 2.80 GHz 45nm)     $205  
i3-540 (4M L3 cache, 2 Cores,4 Threads, 3.06 GHz 32nm)   $133 $117 12%
i7-870S (8M L2 cache, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 2.66 GHz FSB 45nm)     $351  
E6600 (2M L2 cache, 2 Cores, 2 Threads, 3.06 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB 45nm)   $84 $75 11%
E5500 (2M L2 cache, 2 Cores, 2 Threads, 2.80 GHz, 800 MHz FSB 45nm)   $75 $64 15%
D525 (1M cache, 2 Cores, 4 Threads, 1.80 GHz, FSB 45nm)     $63  
D425 (512K cache, 1 Cores, 2 Threads, 1.80 GHz, FSB 45nm)     $42  
X3470 (8M L2 cache, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 2.93 GHz (95W) 45nm)   $589 $328 44%
i7-640UM (4M L2 cache, 2 Cores, 4 Threads, 1.20 GHz 32nm)   $305 $289 5%

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malmsteenisgod on July 19, 2010 07:57AM
Wow at that i7 870 price cut. But why is the i7 870S going to be more expensive than the original 870?
jammin on July 19, 2010 08:39AM
Low power versions of chips generally sell at a premium. In this case a TDP of 82W compared to the regular i7 870 @ 95W. I agree that $351 seems a bit too much though.
RealNeil on July 26, 2010 05:25PM
the "S" chips are lower power and also slower clocked that their full powered brethren. As a gamer, I can't see paying more for less speed, even if it runs cooler.
Locutus on July 19, 2010 08:32AM
Awesome cut on the 870, looks like I know what my next build will be. >:3
RealNeil on July 26, 2010 10:17AM
I have an 870 and it's a fine CPU. I would not pay so much extra for the low power chip though. How does the i5-760 compare to the i5-750?

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