Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

Intel Phases Out 19 Core-i3, i5, i7 and Pentium CPUs

By , Douglas Perry - Source: Intel | B 52 comments

Intel has notified its partners to prepare for a significant change in desktop processor supply in 2012, which clears the company's product portfolio to accommodate the Sandy Bridge-E processors as well as the upcoming 22 nm product generation.

Intel is set to phase out the Core i7-930, i7-950, i7-960, i7-980 and i7-990X on the LGA 1366 platform to its end-of-life cycle. The LGA 1366 platform was first introduced in November of 2008. It represented Intel's high-end desktop platform. To this day, this platform continues to hold its own in performance against to today's top processors (Bulldozer, Sandy Bridge and Sandy Bridge-E). The LGA 1366 was replaced by the LGA 2011 (Sandy Bridge-E) on November 14, 2011.

Intel is set to send the Core i3-540, i5-650, i5-660, i5-670, i5-680, i7-860 and i7-870, along with the Pentium G6950 and G6960 on the LGA 1156 platform to its end-of-life cycle. LGA 1156 was first introduced in September of 2009. It represented Intel's mainstream desktop platform. The LGA 1156 platform was short-lived with its replacement by the LGA 1155 (Sandy Bridge) in January of 2011. 

The LGA 1366 and LGA 1156 boxed parts will be available for order until June 29, 2012. Tray SKUs will be available until December 7, 2012 or until supplies are depleted.

Along with the processor discontinuance, Intel also announced the phasing out of its H55, P55 and H57 chipsets.

Display 52 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
Top Comments
  • 33 Hide
    Derbixrace , December 9, 2011 8:14 PM
    19 core CPUs was the first i thought and i was like WTF is this?
  • 27 Hide
    Dacatak , December 9, 2011 8:26 PM
    ...and do away with Atom.
  • 22 Hide
    pyr8t , December 9, 2011 8:48 PM
    I too was interested in the details of a 19-core CPU. :) 
Other Comments
  • 33 Hide
    Derbixrace , December 9, 2011 8:14 PM
    19 core CPUs was the first i thought and i was like WTF is this?
  • -9 Hide
    memadmax , December 9, 2011 8:14 PM
    That sucks...
  • 20 Hide
    Dacatak , December 9, 2011 8:21 PM
    Intel, cleaning house.

    Now if only they'd phase out the Core 2s and consolidate the remaining SB Celerons and Pentiums into the Core i# nomenclature.
  • 27 Hide
    Dacatak , December 9, 2011 8:26 PM
    ...and do away with Atom.
  • 21 Hide
    sonofliberty08 , December 9, 2011 8:27 PM
    what about the crappy Atom ? should be clean out :p 
  • 20 Hide
    joytech22 , December 9, 2011 8:41 PM
    How about they phase out ATOM?
    That piece of junk is pretty much useless except for basic office applications.

    And still, everywhere I go the machines they use in businesses either have core 2 duo's or i3's.
    Except for this book store that had an Atom checkout machine. LOL.
  • 0 Hide
    fb39ca4 , December 9, 2011 8:45 PM
    This is only to be expected...must've been a slow news day.
  • 22 Hide
    pyr8t , December 9, 2011 8:48 PM
    I too was interested in the details of a 19-core CPU. :) 
  • 5 Hide
    willard , December 9, 2011 8:49 PM
    memadmaxThat sucks...

    Why? Do you really want to go spend your hard earned dollars on a three year old platform that's more expensive and slower than the current one? These aren't cheap chips they're phasing out, and you could upgrade your system to Sandy Bridge for about the same cost and see WAY better performance.
  • 10 Hide
    slhpss , December 9, 2011 8:53 PM
    Derbixrace19 core CPUs was the first i thought and i was like WTF is this?

    i was kinda upset about the lack of 19 core processors as well...
  • 2 Hide
    ithurtswhenipee , December 9, 2011 8:55 PM
    It will be interesting to see what this will do for the pricing of these.
  • 0 Hide
    nikorr , December 9, 2011 9:10 PM
    Intel is on the roll...
  • 8 Hide
    billj214 , December 9, 2011 9:19 PM
    I finally built an X58 Core i7 to find out only months later it's an antique! :( 
  • 1 Hide
    tlg , December 9, 2011 9:29 PM
    I've got an i7 930 dating from march 2009, it turned out to be my best buy ever for its price/performance.... overclocked to 4Ghz since I bought it
  • 0 Hide
    Firehead2k , December 9, 2011 9:39 PM
    That just makes me realize that my Q6600 is getting really old.
    Combined with my 4870 it still plays all dx9 and most dx10 games perfectly.
    I guess the list of games that are top of the line graphics intensive, fun, and have a satisfyingly singleplayer experience is too short to warrant a full system upgrade for me.
    Maybe next year with new generations of intel and nvidia products I'll be compelled to upgrade, but for now, my system is good enough
  • 0 Hide
    Dacatak , December 9, 2011 10:15 PM
    billj214I finally built an X58 Core i7 to find out only months later it's an antique!


    I had a very similar experience, except this was when I first got into building PCs, back in late 2006, when AMD was at the top of their game. I finally finished building an amazing 939 system with an Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard and Athlon 64 X2 3800+ with ONE WHOLE GB of DDR400 RAM and a 7600GT.
    But then, what seemed like only a few weeks went by and AMD released their AM2 platform, compatible with DDR2 memory. Suddenly all 939 components went extinct faster than the dodo and DDR memory became an endangered component as DDR2 became cheaper, faster, and more plentiful. I was like, FML. Of course, not long after that Intel released their Core 2 Duo line of processors and the rest is history.
    Fortunately, that 939 system served me well until September of this year, where I finally decided to upgrade to an i5-2500K, with a motherboard that is ready for Ivy Bridge and PCI-E 3.0. I also upgraded to a 560 Ti which I got for LESS than that 7600GT I first bought in 2006 for $186!
    Only 6 years and the landscape has completely changed. Now there are Core i5s and i7s everywhere and AMD no longer competes with Intel in desktop CPUs, though arguably that has been the case for a while now.
  • -1 Hide
    nao1120 , December 9, 2011 10:56 PM
    DacatakIntel, cleaning house.Now if only they'd phase out the Core 2s and consolidate the remaining SB Celerons and Pentiums into the Core i# nomenclature.



    They already discontinued all of the "DUO" and Original "QUAD" E, and Q series. I snagged a Q9550 before it was - Which in my opinion is as good as any chip out there for gaming performance even now. The others are "faster" but not worth a complete new unit at this time. Probably won't need to upgrade till the next gen after sandy-e arrives. 60FPS at 1080P is fine already by me! Adding a second video card will make unit from 2008 last even longer! Solid chip
  • -5 Hide
    alidan , December 9, 2011 11:01 PM
    intel needs to make 1 socket work for a long time regardless of the cpu, look at what amd has done with their motherboards.

    im willing to bet money that more people bought the wrong mother board in intels side than on amd.
  • 0 Hide
    srgess , December 9, 2011 11:25 PM
    Oh yeah i bought a i7-950 with a GTX480 and couple of week after i7 2600k was out with gtx 570/580 for almost the same price range or lower, kinda stupid, but on the gaming side, i play everything max out still. But i would like to get more a 2600k for my video encoding.
  • -4 Hide
    livebriand , December 9, 2011 11:38 PM
    Who actually wants 2 year old CPUs anyway? I sure see no need for a pentium 775 or a 1156 CPU (I notice the i5 lynnfields are missing, like 750 and 760). The only reason you'd want one if if you're upgrading an older PC.

    I think the 1155 i3, i5, and i7 CPUs are nice and consoliated (i3 2100, i5 2300 2400 2500, i6 2600 and 2700), but the Pentiums and celerons could be consoliated - how about just one (maybe two) pentiums, and that's it? Oh, and screw atom! AMD Fusion is a lot better!
Display more comments