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Intel Core i3 530 Appears in Online Store Listing

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

Retailers seem to be getting clued into new processors incoming.

Although Intel has yet to announce details on its Westmere processors that are set to hit the market next year, some online retailers aren't holding back on its goods.

Canadian computer seller A-Power has listed on its website an "Intel Core I3 530 2.93GHz Dual Core Processor 4MB L3 73W LGA" complete with a convincing box shot. (Product has since been removed.)

The cash or debit price is listed at $152.19 CAD, which works to around $144 USD.

Interestingly, at time of writing, this product is still listed on the website, but carries a notice that it has been discontinued and cannot be purchased. Of course, the product isn't yet available for sale, but discontinued it certainly is not.

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Update: We received a letter from Tony Tsao, General Manager of A-Power Computer Ltd., threatening to sue us for taking a screenshot of the product page. It looks like A-Power broke legal bindings with Intel and jumped the gun, posting something it shouldn't have:

Hello Tom's Hardware,

On your recently post by Marcus Yam at 1:51PM December 9, 2009, you have displayed a screen-shot of my website www.a-power.com with the company logo clearly shown.

This is an unauthorized use of A-Power's logo and intellectual properties. Please remove them at your earliest convenience. We reserve the rights to take legal action if it is not removed by 9PM EST today December 9, 2009. Thank you.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-core-i3-westmere-clarkdale,9232.html#

Regards,

Tony Tsao, CMA
General Manager
A-Power Computer Ltd.
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    masterasia , December 9, 2009 5:11 PM
    Price should be lower. Maybe $120 max. Microcenter is selling the i5 750 for $149.
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    masterasia , December 9, 2009 5:11 PM
    Price should be lower. Maybe $120 max. Microcenter is selling the i5 750 for $149.
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    Pei-chen , December 9, 2009 5:13 PM
    The price got to be incorrect. Who would price their product at $152.19? It doesn't have the usual .99 in America or .00 in East Asia.
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    sstym , December 9, 2009 5:18 PM
    Pei-chenThe price got to be incorrect. Who would price their product at $152.19? It doesn't have the usual .99 in America or .00 in East Asia.


    First reason: it's a tentative price, not the definitive entry price.
    Second reason: unlike some of their american or asian (or european for that matter) counterparts, they might not consider insulting their customers by trying to convince them that 149.99 is really different from 150.
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    pmt82 , December 9, 2009 5:39 PM
    I've also seen this and the i3 540 listed here . Although in New Zealand prices it also has a date of availability...
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    ctbaars , December 9, 2009 5:41 PM
    i3 is LGA 1156 part and features an integrated DX10 graphics core
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    bliq , December 9, 2009 5:42 PM
    microcenter has some sweetheart pricing on Intel chips apparently because they work with Intel so closely. They have chips cheaper than almost anywhere else. The sales guy told me MC is always an Intel Launch Partner, whatever that means. Lucky for me, there's an MC 10m from my office here in Silicon Valley.
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    pmt82 , December 9, 2009 5:44 PM
    Opps heres that link for some reason it didnt work the first time? Time for an edit function? ... http://www.tastech.co.nz/index.php?cPath=655_678
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    JeanLuc , December 9, 2009 5:46 PM
    masterasiaPrice should be lower. Maybe $120 max. Microcenter is selling the i5 750 for $149.


    This chip may not be a quad core but it has other features which give it added value.

    - onboard GPU
    - 32nm for lower power, heat and better overclocking (compared to Core i5/LGA1156 45nm)
    - Hyperthreading (which you don't get with Core i5)

    It's also brand new so expect it to carry a small premium for while.
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    skykaptain , December 9, 2009 5:48 PM
    Pei-chenThe price got to be incorrect. Who would price their product at $152.19? It doesn't have the usual .99 in America or .00 in East Asia.



    Did you read the article?

    The cash or debit price is listed at $152.19 CAD, which works to around $144 USD.


    CAD is Canadian Dollar and USD is US Dollar. Exchange rates and attention to detail are important.
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    skykaptain , December 9, 2009 5:49 PM
    Edit or preview function would be nice.
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    idisarmu , December 9, 2009 5:56 PM
    I think the USD price will be less than $144. It seems that for most things Canadian prices are the USD*exchange rate + 5-10%
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    notty22 , December 9, 2009 6:07 PM
    These things will probably hit 4500 mhz easily, the heat that cascades with the quads just does not happen with the dual cores. This head to head with AMD's new 555. Whooped em again Jose Wails !
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    invlem , December 9, 2009 6:23 PM
    idisarmuI think the USD price will be less than $144. It seems that for most things Canadian prices are the USD*exchange rate + 5-10%


    No kidding, most products are easily 10% more after exchange in Canada. Unless you go into the car market, then its closer to 25-40% more after exchange.
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    Shadow703793 , December 9, 2009 6:24 PM
    bliqmicrocenter has some sweetheart pricing on Intel chips apparently because they work with Intel so closely. They have chips cheaper than almost anywhere else. The sales guy told me MC is always an Intel Launch Partner, whatever that means. Lucky for me, there's an MC 10m from my office here in Silicon Valley.

    Yup. Got my i7 920 for just $200.
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    jay236 , December 9, 2009 7:56 PM
    Yeah Canadian prices are insanely inflated compared to the American prices :( .

    Try $320 CND ish for a D0 i7 920 =\. I had to get my i7 920 through Intel to get a price similar to the Microcenter price.
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    bliq , December 9, 2009 8:07 PM
    Shadow703793Yup. Got my i7 920 for just $200.

    Got me a I7 860 for just $220 at launch. They were ~$285 everywhere else...
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    christop , December 9, 2009 8:38 PM
    Is 920 the best cpu for the money now?
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    bliq , December 9, 2009 8:55 PM
    christopIs 920 the best cpu for the money now?

    when I was doing my research, the answer is it depends. 1366/X58 is generally still a bit more expensive than 1156/P55. i7 860 clocks to 3.2 when using only one core, i7 920 clocks to something lower (2.93?). Apparently multi GPU setups benefit from X58 but single GPUs seem to be faster on P55. This is all conjecture though- it really depends on what you're going to do with it.
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    gayan , December 9, 2009 9:30 PM
    all hail the Microcenter..... they are selling the I5 a5 149...even newegg and tigerdirect cant beat that price...
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    Pei-chen , December 9, 2009 10:26 PM
    skykaptainDid you read the article?
    The cash or debit price is listed at $152.19 CAD, which works to around $144 USD.
    CAD is Canadian Dollar and USD is US Dollar. Exchange rates and attention to detail are important.

    I was referring to the Canadian price. In case you missed my point, I was pointing out the unusual cents in the Canadian pricing: 152.19, 156.75. Everything in the US is priced at xx.99 while East Asian prices usually end xx.00.
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