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Intel Slips Out New 3.2GHz Core i7-970 Gulftown

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 68 comments

Now you have a new choice for Gulftown.

We can't really imagine the type of PC computing enthusiast who could set aside $900 for a six-core Intel Core i7 Gulftown CPU and not be up to spending $100 more the Extreme Edition. But that's the sort of people who would opt for the Core i7-970, the hexacore 3.2GHz chip now on sale for $899.

The chip appeared on Newegg's listings and is available to ship immediately. Paying the extra $100 gets you only an extra 133MHz, but you also get the game Shattered Horizons for free (until the end of the month).

Then again, you could put that $100 towards a faster GPU, and you'd probably be better off.

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    Lmeow , July 20, 2010 10:35 AM
    Ugh... Damn Intel pricing. Seriously, I wonder how the sales will be. You could probably buy two Core i7 930 systems with the cost of one i7 970 system and the only people willing to pay that much for a processor are mostly enthusiasts, who would go for an i7 980X anyway.

    Way to go.

    -_-
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    halls , July 20, 2010 11:45 AM
    Come on Intel, AMD is sitting right in front of you with a $200 six-core processor =(
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    welshmousepk , July 20, 2010 10:26 AM
    a free game? what sort of gamer would buy this CPU?

    oh thats right, a stupid one...
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    joytech22 , July 20, 2010 10:20 AM
    I wish AMD didn't keep their supporters 1-3 years behind their freaking server line!!!... it's like they develop a new architecture, use it for servers.. then bin the rest to us to get rid of stock..
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    welshmousepk , July 20, 2010 10:26 AM
    a free game? what sort of gamer would buy this CPU?

    oh thats right, a stupid one...
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    salimbest83 , July 20, 2010 10:27 AM
    there will be buyer for these even if they sell it for more.
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    Lmeow , July 20, 2010 10:35 AM
    Ugh... Damn Intel pricing. Seriously, I wonder how the sales will be. You could probably buy two Core i7 930 systems with the cost of one i7 970 system and the only people willing to pay that much for a processor are mostly enthusiasts, who would go for an i7 980X anyway.

    Way to go.

    -_-
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    lradunovic77 , July 20, 2010 10:37 AM
    As soon as AMD take performance crown it will change, hopefully with Buldozzer.
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    festerovic , July 20, 2010 10:44 AM
    I always see this price tag when window shopping on newegg, and chuckle. As stated ^, who the hell would buy this when the 930 OCs past it for 1/3 teh price? My guess: government employees intent on wasting my taxes!
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    magicandy , July 20, 2010 10:50 AM
    What were Intel's prices like in the Athlon days when AMD had the performance crown for once? I have my doubts that an Intel-killing AMD proc would bring Intel's prices down. I think AMD would just charge the same insane prices as Intel in that case. The top spot in the CPU performance arena is coveted. It's the top performing CPU that gets all the lofty contracts from businesses who don't care about price tag. That $1000 price isn't meant for the average joe.
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    back_by_demand , July 20, 2010 10:51 AM
    festerovicI always see this price tag when window shopping on newegg, and chuckle. As stated ^, who the hell would buy this when the 930 OCs past it for 1/3 teh price? My guess: government employees intent on wasting my taxes!

    People who then OC that chip as well?
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    magicandy , July 20, 2010 10:54 AM
    Oh and if AMD had the top spot no one would be oogling over the Intel flagship anyway. They'd just be complaining that they can't afford AMD's top offering just the same. True Intel's prices might go down but people will always want the better CPU, and the best CPU will always be in the $1000+ range because businesses can afford it.
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    Tamz_msc , July 20, 2010 10:56 AM
    Intel will perhaps drop its price when Bulldozer comes out.
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    aft_lizard01 , July 20, 2010 11:16 AM
    magicandyWhat were Intel's prices like in the Athlon days when AMD had the performance crown for once? I have my doubts that an Intel-killing AMD proc would bring Intel's prices down. I think AMD would just charge the same insane prices as Intel in that case. The top spot in the CPU performance arena is coveted. It's the top performing CPU that gets all the lofty contracts from businesses who don't care about price tag. That $1000 price isn't meant for the average joe.

    AMD used to sell their FX chips at the level Intel sells there Extreme Edition chips, so you are correct. People buy them though or they wouldn't sell them.

    Perhaps if AMD takes back the performance crown they will try a new tactic and continue the low end segment on prices until they become on par with Intel. I doubt they will but it's a nice dream to have.
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    aft_lizard01 , July 20, 2010 11:17 AM
    killerclickThere's no way Bulldozer will be able to match anything Intel has to offer at least in terms of performance.

    What utter crap.

    Not saying that AMD will do it mind you. However history has shown us that Intel is not immune to being over taken by AMD in performance.
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    deweycd , July 20, 2010 11:20 AM
    I doubt that the next generation of AMD chips will be able to compete for the CPU crown. It is likely that AMD will start to achieve closer to Intel but it will take a generation or two to beat them. Reason for this is that if AMD beats Intel right of the bat with their new chip, Intel will just release their next product. AMD needs to speed up their development time to have much of a chance.
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    back_by_demand , July 20, 2010 11:28 AM
    killerclickThere's no way Bulldozer will be able to match anything Intel has to offer at least in terms of performance.

    Let's wait and see shall we?
    That's like sayig "There's no way Athlon 64's will be able to match anything in the Pentium 4 line"
    And we all know how that fight finished don't we?
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    acasel , July 20, 2010 11:36 AM
    PRICE PERFORMANCE RATIOM, AMD PHENOM II X6 PAWNS INTEL HANDS DOWN!!!!
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    acasel , July 20, 2010 11:37 AM
    PRICE PERFORMANCE RATIOM, AMD PHENOM II X6 PAWNS INTEL HANDS DOWN!!!!
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    steelbox , July 20, 2010 11:41 AM
    I just prey that the competition keep and lowers price's down.
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    halls , July 20, 2010 11:45 AM
    Come on Intel, AMD is sitting right in front of you with a $200 six-core processor =(
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    steelbox , July 20, 2010 11:59 AM
    Slap him AMD!
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