Today marks the release of Intel’s new Core i7 processors, but as expected the new CPUs are anything but cheap.
With the new Intel Core i7 platform having hit store shelves today, a storm of online retailers have begun listing prices for the new system components. As expected, the new platform is not for everyone, with the total cost of just a decent processor, motherboard and triple-channel memory starting at around $700.
Below are current prices for a handful of related components listed at some popular online retailers.
|Pricing For Core i7 Processors|
|Prices as of November 17th.||Intel Core i7-920||Intel Core i7-940||Intel Core i7-965 EE|
|Intel Bulk Price||$284||$562||$999|
|Pricing For X58 Motherboards|
|Prices as of November 17th.||MSI X58 Platinum||ASUS P6T Deluxe||GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5|
|Pricing For Tri-Channel DDR3 Kits|
|Prices as of November 17th.||Corsair XMS3 3GB 1333MHz||CORSAIR XMS3 6GB 1333MHz||OCZ Gold 3GB 1333MHz|
|Newegg.com||$129.00||$249.00||$153.99 ($133.99 after MIR)|
The new Intel Core i7 platform targets performance users, enthusiasts and overclockers, so high prices were to be expected. Many users will still find the older Intel Core 2 platform a better value, offering excellent performance for both mainstream users and PC gamers.
New Intel Core 2 processors will soon to be expected, as well as some price cuts further down the road. Lynnfield and Havendale, the mainstream versions of Core i7, are expected to go into production in the second half of 2009.