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Pre-order prices for upcoming X58 motherboards and Intel Core i7 processors have appeared online.

MSI EclipseThe upcoming Core i7 platform is looking to be rather expensive as pre-order prices for several X58 motherboards and Core i7 processors have begun appearing online. Last week we saw that MSI had three X58 motherboards planned for release and now early retail prices for these boards have appeared online.

According to Geizhals, the MSI X58 Platinum motherboard was listed online for just over $306 and the premium MSI Eclipse motherboard was listed for just over $413. The third MSI X58 motherboard is expected to be released at a later date, although its pricing is expected to be even higher as it seems to have been designed for extreme overclocking.

Prices for some Asus and Intel X58 motherboards have also appeared online, as discovered by Fudzilla. According to a listing that had since been taken down, an Intel X58 motherboard featuring only four memory slots had been listed for a price of $410. Since the Core i7 platform uses triple channel memory, it seems odd that an X58 motherboard would have four memory slots instead of three or six.

Also listed were two Asus motherboards; the Asus P6T Deluxe and the Asus P6T Deluxe "OC Palm Edition", priced at $441 and $492, respectively. The difference between the two boards is that the OC Palm Edition features an external LCD display that helps with system overclocking. More information about the Asus P6T Deluxe "OC Palm Edition", including photos, is available at Xtremesystems.

As for Intel Core i7 processors, a Canadian retailer had listed prices online for the upcoming processors. The Intel Core i7 920, 940 and 965 Exteme Edition processors had been listed for (CAD) $339.95, $649.95 and $1,099.95, respectively. The official prices for these processors when purchased in bulk from Intel are expected to be $284, $562 and $999, respectively, with an expected release date set for November.

Although this early look at the retail prices for X58 motherboards and processors may not be representative of final retail pricing, it does give the consumer an idea of what an Intel Core i7 system will cost. Along with the cost of triple channel DDR3 memory, it would seem like an Intel Core i7 system will be on the expensive side. Many consumers may find an Intel Core 2 Duo system to offer better value, at least for now.

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    aznguy0028 , October 7, 2008 11:21 AM
    time to break open those piggy banks :) 
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    ansok , October 7, 2008 12:05 PM
    too expensive for me
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    Pei-chen , October 7, 2008 12:10 PM
    #1, don't kill the piggy.

    Well, considering this is the pre-ordering price, what do you expect? Wait three months and everything expect the CPU will be 20% off MSRP.
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    maximiza , October 7, 2008 12:19 PM
    Who knows what sort of defects are lurking on this new tech. Definitly wait 3 months after release before buying into it.
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    starhoof , October 7, 2008 12:20 PM
    I guess for those of us using 32bit OS there will be no need for all 6 slots, and we will be able to use all 6 slots with 64 bit OS....
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    neiroatopelcc , October 7, 2008 1:01 PM
    starhoofI guess for those of us using 32bit OS there will be no need for all 6 slots, and we will be able to use all 6 slots with 64 bit OS....

    Your fortune with a 32bit os is going to be relatively shortlived anyway. After all microsoft will cease making security updates for xp within the next 1½ years anyway, and thus a vista 64 does all of a sudden seem attractive to anyone who installs a new legal windows.

    As for the prices - c2d wasn't a bargain when it was new either, so it's not much of a surprise.

    We can just hope amd rediscovers its talent and launches some super cpu with great oc potential for use in their existing motherboards. Then the intel prices will fall to reasonable levels. But that won't happen
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    adamk890 , October 7, 2008 1:18 PM
    Ugh....
    There goes my video card and my sweet case... Its good to see progress on this but I more expected the board to be like 250$ not 400$ ( yeah i know its nieave) I hope that the real price after they come out is significatly less.
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    layzer253 , October 7, 2008 1:49 PM
    And yet they are all gonna have ps/2 and ide still....
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    neiroatopelcc , October 7, 2008 1:54 PM
    layzer253And yet they are all gonna have ps/2 and ide still....

    Are you sure about that? even the ich9 doesn't support ide anymore (asus, gigabyte, msi etc. add support with jmicron or other seperate controllers)
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    Joe_The_Dragon , October 7, 2008 2:01 PM
    Just think how much higher this will be if amd where to die.

    Amd has better MB's then Intel at the same cost.
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    Pei-chen , October 7, 2008 2:36 PM
    Joe_The_DragonJust think how much higher this will be if amd where to die.Amd has better MB's then Intel at the same cost.

    AMD has no motherboard at this cost or speed so this isn't a fair comparison. P45 vs. 790FX/GX is more relative.
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    gwolfman , October 7, 2008 2:36 PM
    The CPU prices look decent actually. According to what I remember, when Core 2 was released, only the extreme edition was available for some time. This time they are offering 3 options, which is nice. At $284 for a newly released technology, that's respectable. The motherboards on the other hand look like "top-of-the-line" versions. The Asus one mentioned includes a (who-knows-how-useful) LCD display for overclocking and onboard SAS, which I'm sure raises the price at least $150. The not-so-feature-rich motherboards will be a bit expensive, but nothing like mentioned above. I'm sure the standard motherboard prices will be closer to MSI's $300. Plus, let's hope they all throw in SLi :)  !
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    Ryun , October 7, 2008 2:38 PM
    I'm willing bet that these prices will be even higher come release day.
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    brianhillier , October 7, 2008 3:10 PM
    Any ideas if current power supplies will work? I see an ATX connector - but I was also reading about a six phase power outlay ...
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    SkorchedPC , October 7, 2008 3:12 PM
    First, i just want to say the links do not work (you have to edit them to access the link). Second, I agree that these are launch prices and it will go down once supply becomes sufficient. I also agree that competition (if amd can dish out some) will help lower these prices further. These first batches, iirc, would not support SLI yet due to the late announcement of Nvidia. It would indeed be best to give it a few months.
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    invlem , October 7, 2008 4:41 PM
    This is the same thing that happened in the nvidia vs ati/amd war.

    The competition didn't have a good enough product to throw into the fray, so nvidia cranked the cost of their GTX 200 series cards to make a nice profit. amd/ati finally released a competing product and brought the prices back down.

    Now we're seeing the exact same trend in the CPU market, Intel has no competition to speak of, so they're going to rake in the profits as long as they can with inflated pricing.
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    rtfm , October 7, 2008 5:13 PM
    "Core i7 PCs Will Be Expensive" - Well DUH! All new cutting edge tech is pricey. Did you know that bears are catholic and the pope sh1ts in the woods?
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    one-shot , October 7, 2008 5:17 PM
    AMD is looking better and better.
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    Niva , October 7, 2008 5:27 PM
    The motherboard is expensive, how much of that is the intel chipset cost to MSI though? I think MSI is raking in a profit on the new tech.

    The CPUs themselves don't seem outrageously expensive imo. And the tripple channel ram is a non issue, the more RAM i can cram into a system the happier I am.
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    captaincharisma , October 7, 2008 6:14 PM
    Quote:
    Your fortune with a 32bit os is going to be relatively shortlived anyway. After all microsoft will cease making security updates for xp within the next 1½ years anyway, and thus a vista 64 does all of a sudden seem attractive to anyone who installs a new legal windows


    so your saying people with windows vista 32 will be out in the cold too
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