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Intel Lifts i7 to 3.46 GHz, Xeon 5000 to 3.60 GHz

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Intel quietly introduced a few new processors and reduced the price of some other CPUs, including the top range of its desktop mainstream products.

New in the lineup is the 6-core i7-990X, which elevates the desktop high-end portfolio to a clock speed of 3.46 GHz. The processor is priced at $999, the same as the 980X (3.33 GHz). The price of the i7-970 (6 cores, 3.2 GHz) was reduced by 34% from $885 to $583 and the i7-960 (4 cores, 3.2 GHz) dropped by 48% to $294 which indicates that this chip will soon appear in the $800 - $900 class of desktop PCs.

Intel did not touch the mobile processor lineup, but added 12 new processor to the Xeon 5000 and 3000 series. The new flagship model of the 5000 series is the X5690 (6 cores, 12 MB cache, 130 watts TDP 3.46 GHz), which is sold for a tray price of $1663. Also new are the X5675 (6 cores, 3.06 GHz, 95 watts) for $1440, the E5649 (6 cores, 80 watts, 2.53 GHz) for $774 and the E5645 (6 cores, 2.4 GHz, 80 watts) for $551. Intel added the following CPUs to the quad-core range:

E5607 (80 watts, 2.26 GHz, $276)
E5606 (80 watts, 2.13 GHz, $219)
E5603 (80 watts, 1.60 GHz, $188)
X5687 (130 watts, 3.60 GHz, $1663)
X5672 (95 watts, 3.20 GHz, $1440)
X5667 (95 watts, 3.06 GHz, $1440)
X5647 (130 watts, 2.93 GHz, $774)

New in the 3000-series is only the W3690 (6 cores, 130 watts, 3.46 GHz) for $999. The price of the W3670 (6 cores, 130 watts, 3.20 GHz) was reduced by 34% to $583 and the W3565 (4 cores, 3.20 GHz) dropped 48% to $294.   

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    Bartendalot , February 15, 2011 7:03 PM
    Good time to upgrade from previous generation but nothing new if you already own an i7
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    chaoski , February 15, 2011 7:05 PM
    Great, and Sandy Bridge is coming back....when?

    Is it just me or are they trying to capitalize on absence of SB? Doesn't $250 SB > $1000 I7?
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    jdamon113 , February 15, 2011 7:18 PM
    since the issue with sandy bridge. They should drop the prices of these by a good margin. Other that that why buy one.
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    quovatis , February 15, 2011 7:27 PM
    SB > most of these chips and is cheaper. Whoopteedo
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    Spanky Deluxe , February 15, 2011 7:42 PM
    Hmmm... the i7-970 suddenly looks far more attractive. I may consider replacing my i7-920 with one come pay day depending on how these price drops translate to UK prices.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2011 7:45 PM
    FFS, what a bunch of whiners on this site. Maybe the goal is to offer upgrades to people who've already got LGA1156/LGA1366 boards? I'd wager that half you fucks would be whinging about "OMG INTEL IS MAKING ME BUY A NEW MOBO" if they were solely pushing SB.
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    saaiello , February 15, 2011 8:15 PM
    This is simply Intel trying to sell off all there old stock and that's it. This is no different then if you went into a supermarket and they have certain brand of yogurt or something really cheap. They want to sell off as much as they can before they take a loss. I mean seriously do you think that the 990x is any different then the 980x I doubt it. Change some speeds around and push a lower price to sell off stuff that will be going out of date soon.

    Now I am not saying any of these chips are bad or are crap its simply sell the back stock off to make room for new product it is simple economics.
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    tripplenipple1224 , February 15, 2011 8:15 PM
    $999?! that's like....OVER 9000!
    basically I'm saying its expensive. so yeah
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    gsxr1181 , February 15, 2011 8:32 PM
    Put that in your pipe AMD, and smoke it!

    And that's from a AMD guy. Or maybe a future AMD guy, depending on bulldozer..
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    noblerabbit , February 15, 2011 8:40 PM
    I want a CPU that can read my thoughts and translate them to commands on my screen. Until then, I will be happy with my TriCore AMD for quite some more time.
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    srgess , February 15, 2011 9:50 PM
    Only Tri-Core are you noob ? But yeah a 999$ priced CPU and sandy one at 300$ overclocked to 5ghz beat the f*** out of it. If only AMD could have some competition on that side price should drop but otherwise AMD is way back behind. Even bulldozer will never beat sandy i2600k at 5ghz EVER. IF it does i give 1 million dollar to everyone here.
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    kewlx , February 15, 2011 10:44 PM
    srgessOnly Tri-Core are you noob ? But yeah a 999$ priced CPU and sandy one at 300$ overclocked to 5ghz beat the f*** out of it. If only AMD could have some competition on that side price should drop but otherwise AMD is way back behind. Even bulldozer will never beat sandy i2600k at 5ghz EVER. IF it does i give 1 million dollar to everyone here.
    good thing I read this and am posting just so that if it does happen I am on the list lol
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    f4nt4sm4 , February 15, 2011 11:20 PM
    kewlxgood thing I read this and am posting just so that if it does happen I am on the list lol

    Just for the record, I'm here too =)
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    tpi2007 , February 15, 2011 11:55 PM
    srgessOnly Tri-Core are you noob ? But yeah a 999$ priced CPU and sandy one at 300$ overclocked to 5ghz beat the f*** out of it. If only AMD could have some competition on that side price should drop but otherwise AMD is way back behind. Even bulldozer will never beat sandy i2600k at 5ghz EVER. IF it does i give 1 million dollar to everyone here.



    Count me in LOL; we never know ;) 
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    Bigmac80 , February 16, 2011 12:28 AM
    They increase the price of sandy bridge at microcenter today. Before the i7 2600k was $279.99 now it's $299.99 same with the i5 2500k it was $179.99 at now it's $199.99 at microcenter. Still cheaper though versus the others like newegg. Glad to see they dropped the prices though on the 6 core i7 970 $583 i guess ain't to bad for a i7 6core lol still a bit expensive for me though. I'll rather buy the i5 2500k for 200bucks and call it a day.
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    bhaberle , February 16, 2011 12:35 AM
    Comeon Intel. Give us some better 1336 processors... we have already seen what Sandy Bridge can do so were expecting more since this is suppose to be your "enthusiast" socket.
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    mister g , February 16, 2011 12:49 AM
    srgessOnly Tri-Core are you noob ? But yeah a 999$ priced CPU and sandy one at 300$ overclocked to 5ghz beat the f*** out of it. If only AMD could have some competition on that side price should drop but otherwise AMD is way back behind. Even bulldozer will never beat sandy i2600k at 5ghz EVER. IF it does i give 1 million dollar to everyone here.

    Some people just want to save cash when they can, if the OP's happy with a tri-core why criticize? I'm stuck with an ols Q6700 cuz I don't have the cash right now to upgrade to something better.
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    srgess , February 16, 2011 12:50 AM
    It was sarcasm :D 
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    srgess , February 16, 2011 12:52 AM
    Anyway a ssd would be a better upgrade or Graphic with your cpu. Depend what you doing.
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    aznshinobi , February 16, 2011 1:05 AM
    I'll lawl so hard at srgess when BD comes out. I expect similar performance, and if the AMD charts are correct (as they were for the 68xx/69xx series) then the Zambezi = i7. Unsure 1st or 2nd gen but either way, should be similar performance.
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