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Intel May Release Core i7 975 in Early April

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Several distributors and retailers are showing that Intel's upcoming Core i7 975 will ship at the beginning of April, not the end of May.

Is the Intel Core i7 975 coming sooner than we think? That's what many distributors and retailers are reporting, and actually have the upcoming processor listed for next month. As an example, this website shows an April 6 street date, and this website shows an estimated date of April 7. Granted, these dates aren't official, and are estimates only. However, it's a huge jump considering that the Core i7 975 wasn't expected to ship until the end of May.

The release of the 45nm Core i7 975 (Extreme) is a rather highly-anticipated one, as the quad-core Bloomfield processor will serve as the new flagship chip for Intel, boasting a core speed of 3.33 GHz, support for LGA 1366 sockets, uses 1 MB of L2 cache and 8 MB of L3 shared cache memory, and has a TDP of 130W. Recently the processor was leaked, overclocked, and benchmarked, pushed up to an "extreme" clock core speed of 5,239 MHz, breaking the then-current record of Futuremark's 2DMark05 benchmark application. As it stands now, the benchmarked rig featuring the Core i7 975 sits in the #2 position, recently conquered by a rig sporting Intel's Core i7 965.

As of this writing, the Intel Core i7 975 will cost end-users a whopping $999 USD; the Core i7 950, clocking in at 3.06 GHz, will be available as well for a cheaper-but-still-hefty $562 USD. Other processors included in the original May lineup consist of the Core 2 Duo E7600 ($84), the Pentium Dual-Core E6300 ($84), and the Celeron Dual-Core E1600 ($53).

Intel also plans to ship six Core 2 Quad processors next month.

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    deltatux , March 25, 2009 4:31 PM
    Meh, the 965 costs $1200 CAD which in itself is ridiculous and too high for most people. Sometimes having the best and fastest doesn't matter if the prices are too high for most people.
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    joejamesatou , March 25, 2009 4:47 PM
    Can we get some more on the last line!?!?

    "Intel also plans to ship six Core 2 Quad processors next month."

    That's it? No further explanation?
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    megamanx00 , March 25, 2009 5:29 PM
    Even at $53 I can't imagine the Celeron E1600 being too usefull except in something like a low power basic internet machine or media server. Unless that Celeron overclocks really well then AMD would certainly be a better choice for the budget gamer as would spending a little more to move up to the Intel Pentium series. That has to be a misprint on the E7600 though. I mean only $84?! I guess we'll see.
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    DookieDraws , March 25, 2009 5:56 PM
    Money, Money, MO NEEEY, MOOOOOOOOO NEEEEEEEEY!

    Money, got to have it...you can do good thangs, good thangs with it!

    Everybody sing along!
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    DookieDraws , March 25, 2009 6:06 PM
    DOH! That BIG RED SUBMIT BUTTON means SUBMIT COMMENTS! NOT PREVIEW YOUR COMMENT!

    Okay, I KNOW NOW!

    Maybe this is an Intel April fools joke? Then again, I guess some people would be considered fools to spend this kind of money on a CPU. I say good for you if you can! All my money will be going to therapy!
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    eddieroolz , March 25, 2009 6:34 PM
    No, Intel's scared of the AMD Phenom II 955 and is trying to steal its thunder.
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    rodney_ws , March 25, 2009 7:04 PM
    Leave it to a UGA fan to not understand what "Submit my comment" means.
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    curnel_D , March 25, 2009 8:35 PM
    Megamanx00Even at $53 I can't imagine the Celeron E1600 being too usefull except in something like a low power basic internet machine or media server. Unless that Celeron overclocks really well then AMD would certainly be a better choice for the budget gamer as would spending a little more to move up to the Intel Pentium series. That has to be a misprint on the E7600 though. I mean only $84?! I guess we'll see.

    The celeron's from the core lineup do overclock really well. If it's anything similar to the current dualcore celerons, you'll see one of the easiest 100% overclocks in the market.
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    Mucke , March 25, 2009 9:15 PM
    I will wait for the Phenom II X4 955. It might not be that fast but price/performance is much better for sure :) 

    Such prices only mean that there is to little competition on the market. By the way, the Core i7 is smaller than the C2Quad, so it is probably cheaper to produce. Just a thought...
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2009 10:38 PM
    So they basically took their existing flagship, increased the multiplier by one(which the user could've done themselves since it's unlocked), and now they are trying to drop it like it's hot? Lame.
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    cruiseoveride , March 25, 2009 11:37 PM
    Intel pricing is just ludicrous.

    We need someone to come out with a new chip, faster and cheaper to kick some overgrown intel ass.
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    Anonymous , March 25, 2009 11:41 PM
    130W TDP is very close to the 140W TDP limit.
    It'll need a massive fan will it be cooled by aircooling!
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    liemfukliang , March 26, 2009 12:33 AM
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    breaking the then-current record of Futuremark's 2DMark05 benchmark application

    2DMark05? You mean 3DMark 05?
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    cjl , March 26, 2009 4:06 AM
    So, with the 975 at the exact price point of the current 965, and the 950 at the price point of the current 940, are there any price drops for the 965 and 940, or will they just sit at the exact same price as the 975 and 950, making them completely pointless buys?
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    rambo117 , March 26, 2009 6:54 AM
    did intel just decide to screw the dual core market? (BESIDES the C2D lineup) i mean, alot of mainstream gamers arent gonna wanna get a fullfledged quad core system for the new Core i7 platform. why not make a dual core i7? that would be pretty swwweeeetttttt:) 
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    mtyermom , March 26, 2009 3:21 PM
    rambo117did intel just decide to screw the dual core market? (BESIDES the C2D lineup) i mean, alot of mainstream gamers arent gonna wanna get a fullfledged quad core system for the new Core i7 platform. why not make a dual core i7? that would be pretty swwweeeetttttt


    maybe they'll realease a dual core i5 or i3?
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    jfurterer , March 26, 2009 10:13 PM
    Allot of people bash the "extreme" series chips for their price, but they are more a marketing ploy then anything else, "This is the BEST". Then anything that share's it's name "Core i7" is related to the "The BEST". Not to mention the sweet margin they do make on every one they happen to sell to extreme buyers. However the good news is these new releases will likely force the current released chips' prices down, which forces AMD's chip prices down in order to compete. All it all it's always good when a new release comes out as the existing stuff usually, not always, but usually gets cheaper!
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    jfurterer , March 26, 2009 10:16 PM
    joejamesatouCan we get some more on the last line!?!?"Intel also plans to ship six Core 2 Quad processors next month."That's it? No further explanation?


    An earlier TH news release included a listing of all of those. You can find it here:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-cpu-i7-core-prices,7326.html
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    jfurterer , March 26, 2009 10:24 PM
    rambo117did intel just decide to screw the dual core market? (BESIDES the C2D lineup) i mean, alot of mainstream gamers arent gonna wanna get a fullfledged quad core system for the new Core i7 platform. why not make a dual core i7? that would be pretty swwweeeetttttt


    I believe dual core market for Intel's product line up currently code named "Clarkdale" which will be built on the 32nm process "Westmere" is the next release of Dual-Core chips. I don't believe there will be a Nehalem based dual core as Nehalem and the Core i7 and i5(also Quad Core) is Intel's platform for pushing quad core's completely main stream and not just the enthusiast and server markets. However it's important to note that the Dual-Core "Westmere" 32nm chips will be targeted at more mainstream and budget desktop PCs rather then higher performance gaming rigs. Also the gaming industry is likely going to see a big push towards utilization of multi-threaded applications and having more cores may begin to significantly impact game performance.
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    ar09 , March 31, 2009 10:05 AM
    hey how much will the 965 going to cost? heheheh.
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