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Monday, 14 February 2011 20:31

Core i7-960/970 gets a price cut

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Core i7-990X EE available
As we wrote earlier today, Intel has finally unveiled and officially launched its six-core Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Gulftown-based processor made on 32nm manufacturing technology. In addition to the launch, Intel has cut the price of its Core i7-970 and Core i7-960 models as well.

The six-core Core i7-990X is made on 32nm manufacturing process and works at 3.46GHz with a up to 3.73GHz TurboBoost. It has six cores and twelve processing threads with Intel Hyper-Threading Tehcnology. It packs 6x256kB of L2 cache, 12MB of L3 cache, features support for triple-channel DDR3-1066 memory, comes with an unlocked multiplier and has a 130W TDP.

We already wrote that this one has appeared in retail/e-tail with a €914,68 price tag, and nothing much has changed since then as European retail/e-tail shops still haven't started to sell it (except for those in Poland that leaked it a while back). Of course, Intel's official price is US $999, but Newegg.com is currently listing it as available for US $1,049.99.

In addition to the new Core i7-990X, Intel has also adjusted the price of its Core i7-970 and Core i7-960. The six-core Core i7-970 (12MB of L3-cache) has dropped from US $885 to US $583 while the 45nm Core i7-960 quad-core (8MB of L3-cache) has dropped from US $562 to an incredible US $294.

You can find more info regarding the new Core i7-990X here.

Last modified on Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:15
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+12 #1 Nerdmaster 2011-02-15 10:19
Now 960 / 970 are finally competitive. Why did intel cut prices so much? Are they afraid of bulldozer perhaps? :-?
 
 
+12 #2 loadwick 2011-02-15 10:58
I am not sure i would use the word 'incredible'. All Intel have done is add a new processor at the top and bumped the others down accordingly.

It would be increadible if Intel offered a six-core in the $294 slot, but just a slightly higher clocked quad-core isn't exactly special as anyone buying these processors would overclock them anyway so the 920, 930, 950 and now 960 all end up being the same anyway!
 
 
+11 #3 123s 2011-02-15 11:05
Awesome, 300 bucks for an old 45nm quad core...
 
 
+4 #4 loadwick 2011-02-15 11:07
Reference Sandy Bridge E, are we 100% sure Intel won't pull a rabbit out of the hat and it will be 22nm?

I'm saying this as a bit of extra cache and quad-channel RAM isn't going to add too much to the performance, you can regularly hit 5GHz on the current SBs and for encoding the current chips with QuickSync will be so much faster than the 'high-end' versions!

They just seem to be delaying and delaying and i don't really see the reason why. 32nm has been out for ages so that can't be the problem and LGA-1366 has had a very long life already. Why would Intel drag their feet so much? Its really not like them when we are talking high-end chips. Don't forget they 'suprised' us with 32n six-core high-end chips before anything else.
 
 
+2 #5 Naterm 2011-02-15 12:09
The 32nm six-cores weren't a surprise at all, everyone knew they were coming. The server parts were known for a very long time and everyone expected intel to bring at least the six-core versions to the desktop.

We'll get 32nm 8-cores to replace them towards the end of the year. Quicksynce is nice at all, but it's not that useful. Until and unless more high-end video working products support it, it's just another checkbox. Unless you're really big on converting Blu-rays to something your phone will playback.
 
 
+3 #6 Coliz91 2011-02-15 15:37
Quoting 123s:
Awesome, 300 bucks for an old 45nm quad core...

at least it's p0wer n performance is still good en0ugh by today's standards anyway....well,let's wait for bulld0zer then??
 
 
0 #7 123s 2011-02-15 16:14
Quoting Coliz91:
Quoting 123s:
Awesome, 300 bucks for an old 45nm quad core...

at least it's p0wer n performance is still good en0ugh by today's standards anyway....well,let's wait for bulld0zer then??
But its only a quad. When you need srs power, you´ll get a six core or even server cpu´s
when you just wonna play, then you´ll get something cheaper

so what is a 300 bucks quad, good for ?
 
 
-1 #8 Squall_Leonhart 2011-02-15 18:43
Quoting 123s:
Quoting Coliz91:
Quoting 123s:
Awesome, 300 bucks for an old 45nm quad core...

at least it's p0wer n performance is still good en0ugh by today's standards anyway....well,let's wait for bulld0zer then??
But its only a quad. When you need srs power, you´ll get a six core or even server cpu´s
when you just wonna play, then you´ll get something cheaper

so what is a 300 bucks quad, good for ?


performance per individual core is around 60% of an i7 core with an amd cpu of the current generation. making up for it with additional cores is not a solution.
 
 
+1 #9 SlickR 2011-02-16 13:18
wow the i7-960 only 250 euros. I wish I had 1000 euros to purchase a new PC right now, I'd surely begetting the 960 CPU.
 
 
+2 #10 123s 2011-02-18 16:18
Quoting Squall_Leonhart :
Quoting 123s:
Quoting Coliz91:
Quoting 123s:
Awesome, 300 bucks for an old 45nm quad core...

at least it's p0wer n performance is still good en0ugh by today's standards anyway....well,let's wait for bulld0zer then??
But its only a quad. When you need srs power, you´ll get a six core or even server cpu´s
when you just wonna play, then you´ll get something cheaper

so what is a 300 bucks quad, good for ?


performance per individual core is around 60% of an i7 core with an amd cpu of the current generation. making up for it with additional cores is not a solution.
Why not, its about the perfomance at the end and not about how its archived.
 

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