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Release of Ivy Bridge reduce i5 price?

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April 11, 2012 9:00:52 PM

I'm going to be upgrading my CPU soon, and wondering if the release of Ivy Bridge at the end of this month would reduce the price of the Sandybridge i5 cpus?
a b à CPUs
April 11, 2012 9:17:31 PM

it's been asked many times and the constant answer from the community is no

intel has no track record of lowering prices just because a new family of chips launches. in fact prices may even go up with inventory diminishing.
a c 84 à CPUs
April 11, 2012 9:24:12 PM

unlikely. Intel is in a position where they dont even need to release a new chip to compete, as there is no competition. the I5 2500k price has remained solid for over a full year.
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a b à CPUs
April 11, 2012 11:20:00 PM

intel doesn't lower prices.
a c 84 à CPUs
April 12, 2012 11:02:45 AM

esrever said:
intel doesn't lower prices.

you meant to say "intel doesn't NEED to lower prices". They aren't the bad guy, they just have no real competition.
a c 203 à CPUs
April 12, 2012 11:09:07 AM

The kind of good news is that Intel isn't raising prices as much as it could probably get away with.
April 12, 2012 11:40:20 AM

So I might aswell buy my i5 now, instead of wait for the ivy bridge release - unless ivy bridge is similar price of course!
a c 203 à CPUs
April 12, 2012 11:52:51 AM

Can you wait two weeks and 3 days to confirm the prices?
You might end up wanting to slip right into an Ivy Bridge and Z77 motherboard.
a c 79 à CPUs
April 12, 2012 12:28:47 PM

ivy bridge is rumoured to be the same price as list (not sale) sandy prices, so the prices that you saw 6 months ago. the 2500K has been dropping through spot sales recently.
a c 172 à CPUs
April 12, 2012 12:56:38 PM

At this point, if you can wait, wait for Ivy Bridge.

If you really need a system right now, buy SB.

Although IB should be a little faster, I think the greatest benefit of the IB motherboards will be the native USB3 support.
a b à CPUs
April 12, 2012 2:12:07 PM

Intel rarely drops prices, maybe $10, then it will go back up as it's discontinued.
a c 188 à CPUs
April 12, 2012 3:40:06 PM

Looking at past history we don't drop prices when we release a new generation of Intel® processors. The demand for the Intel® Core™ i5-2500K has been extremely high (it is our best selling processor in the enthusiast space) so I would think there would be little reason to drop any prices for these prices. Once a processor has been discontinued we have no say over its pricing since we stop selling them at that point. So if you can wait a while you can pick up one of the 3rd generation Intel Core processors otherwise you are going to get as good of a deal as you can on the 2nd generation Intel Core processors right now.


Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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