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I am in shock. $1500 Intel CPU! And no, it's not i7!

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April 30, 2009 1:51:41 AM

Who in the hell would buy this? :ouch: 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I cannot fathom buying a CPU for that price, for what purpose? Does Intel really think that works, charging retarded prices for this? It's $500 more than the best i7 processor! hell, $1000 is still stupid! :fou: 

For that money, you can build a nice, kick-a$$ rig with the cheapest core i7 or phenom II with a good GPU like the 285, or even an 295, and it'll still be below that mind-numbingly price of $1500.
No heatsink??? That's... not... *heads asplodes*

Where's their retarded policy on this? Who decides this?

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April 30, 2009 2:13:11 AM

That's been out for some time. Well before i7. It doesn't make sense at all right now - the i7 965 is faster and cheaper, but prior to i7, it was Intel's "bragging rights" CPU.

Oh, and you want expensive?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Of course, that one is more worth the money than the QX9770 is.
April 30, 2009 2:31:16 AM

that more expensive one is kinda worth it for for the server market, yes, but for the desktop market, price above $250 is not worth it to me.
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May 2, 2009 11:19:16 PM

maybe that was a mistake in pricing? that one should be around $50
May 3, 2009 6:47:40 AM

sdf said:
lol. They're still in stock, get them while they're still hot. :heink: 

That should go on failblog.org.. since there's a Phenom II x4 940 under it for 240 bucks, making it a WAY better deal than the overpriced old Windsor.
May 3, 2009 7:29:08 AM

To OP, QX9770 is the only processor AFAIK supports the Skulltrail. For those who is building a two socket workstation, that is considered really cheap.

Of course, if you're just buying the chip for single socket operation for daily use on average programs, then yes, I agree that the pricing is way out of the line. But again, QX9770 wasn't designed to be your every day task processor.
May 3, 2009 7:50:53 AM

yomamafor1 said:
To OP, QX9770 is the only processor AFAIK supports the Skulltrail. For those who is building a two socket workstation, that is considered really cheap.

Of course, if you're just buying the chip for single socket operation for daily use on average programs, then yes, I agree that the pricing is way out of the line. But again, QX9770 wasn't designed to be your every day task processor.


i thought the core i7s were supported by the Skulltrail also...

Then again, "Skulltrail" sounds more like a gaming mobo than a work mobo... :heink: 
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May 3, 2009 8:06:16 AM

yomamafor1 said:
To OP, QX9770 is the only processor AFAIK supports the Skulltrail. For those who is building a two socket workstation, that is considered really cheap.

Of course, if you're just buying the chip for single socket operation for daily use on average programs, then yes, I agree that the pricing is way out of the line. But again, QX9770 wasn't designed to be your every day task processor.

Nope - the Skulltrail platform is LGA771, while the 9770 is 775. The QX9775 is the Skulltrail CPU, and it is identical to the 9770 except that it is LGA771 instead.

As for i7 skulltrail, no, they are not supported. At some point, there may be a skulltrail-like setup for i7, but there is nothing like that available yet. 2 socket workstation boards are available in LGA1366, but they are not really made for gaming, and have different features because of it.

Oh, and no, that is not cheap at all by 2 socket standards. A 2 socket 1366 board costs around $500, and a pair of Nehalem Xeon X5550s (2.66GHz 95W full featured quad nehalems) run $950 each. $1500-$1600 is the standard price for a top-tier dual socket CPU, and more standard ones run in the $500-$1000 range. You can even get lower end ones for as little as $200 or so, although you get a fairly slow processor if you do.
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May 3, 2009 11:11:13 AM

Chronobodi said:
Who in the hell would buy this? :ouch: 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I cannot fathom buying a CPU for that price, for what purpose? Does Intel really think that works, charging retarded prices for this? It's $500 more than the best i7 processor! hell, $1000 is still stupid! :fou: 

For that money, you can build a nice, kick-a$$ rig with the cheapest core i7 or phenom II with a good GPU like the 285, or even an 295, and it'll still be below that mind-numbingly price of $1500.
No heatsink??? That's... not... *heads asplodes*

Where's their retarded policy on this? Who decides this?


People with insane amounts of money. And who has a mobo to support it. You do also relaize that CPU came out about a year ago, right? The prices on those never drop because very few are produced.

But its just like nVidia asking $700-800 for their top end GPU or the old AMD Athlon FX series that topped over $1K. If you have the performance you can charge more for the high end.
May 3, 2009 2:41:03 PM

fazers_on_stun said:
Maybe I'll eBay my old P4 Northwood and see if I can get $1K for it :) 


You never know... when I worked on chips used in the embedded market we'd get customers coming to us asking for a new order of chips that we stopped making years ago because those were the only ones that were certified for their product. That could mean charging them $1k each for chips that would have cost $20 when they were still in production... paying those prices was cheaper than recertifying with new hardware.
May 3, 2009 4:54:40 PM

fazers_on_stun said:
LOL - that's just nutz! $800 for a 90nm, 2.8GHz single-core CPU? Maybe I'll eBay my old P4 Northwood and see if I can get $1K for it :) 


For the record, it's a dual-core with an unlocked multiplier.
May 3, 2009 4:56:17 PM

Chronobodi said:
i thought the core i7s were supported by the Skulltrail also...

Then again, "Skulltrail" sounds more like a gaming mobo than a work mobo... :heink: 


Like cjl said, Skulltrail is not supported by Core i7.

http://tinyurl.com/cbse3j
May 3, 2009 4:59:25 PM

cjl said:
Nope - the Skulltrail platform is LGA771, while the 9770 is 775. The QX9775 is the Skulltrail CPU, and it is identical to the 9770 except that it is LGA771 instead.

As for i7 skulltrail, no, they are not supported. At some point, there may be a skulltrail-like setup for i7, but there is nothing like that available yet. 2 socket workstation boards are available in LGA1366, but they are not really made for gaming, and have different features because of it.

Oh, and no, that is not cheap at all by 2 socket standards. A 2 socket 1366 board costs around $500, and a pair of Nehalem Xeon X5550s (2.66GHz 95W full featured quad nehalems) run $950 each. $1500-$1600 is the standard price for a top-tier dual socket CPU, and more standard ones run in the $500-$1000 range. You can even get lower end ones for as little as $200 or so, although you get a fairly slow processor if you do.


I stand corrected.

But again, QX9770 is an extreme edition CPU, which means it will be well out of people's price range barring those with the most expendable income. Ridiculous? Yes, but not necessarily illogical.
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