Intel has announced the discontinuance of its highly popular Sandy Bridge processors. These processors are still among the best selling CPUs, even after the release of Ivy Bridge. They have been mainstays with overclockers and enthusiast builders since its initial release in January 2011. With Ivy Bridge in full swing and Haswell set for early 2013, Intel has started phasing out the Sandy Bridge processors.
Intel has released the schedule for the following processors: Celeron G440, Core i5-2310, i5-2320, i5-2400, i5-2400S, i5-2405S, i5-2500, i5-2500K, i5-2500S, i5-2500T, i7-2600, i7-2600K, i7-2600S and i7-2700K. In addition, Intel has announced the discontinuance of a processor that was just recently released, the Ivy Bridge Core i5-3450 processor.
|Forecasted Key Milestones:||Tray||Boxed|
|Product Discontinuance Program Support Begins:||09/24/2012||09/24/2012|
|Product Discontinuance Demand To Local Intel Rep.:||12/28/2012||Not Applicable|
|Finalize Discontinuance Assurance:||01/25/2013||Not Applicable|
|Last Corporate Assurance Product Critical Date:||03/20/2013||Not Applicable|
|Last Product Discontinuance Order Date:||03/29/2013||03/29/2013|
|Orders are Non-Cancelable and Non-Returnable After:||03/29/2013||03/29/2013|
|Last Product Discontinuance Shipment Date:||09/27/2013||While Supplies Last|
All the CPUs listed are set to be available for orders through 03/29/2013, and will continue to ship while supplies last (boxed versions) or until 09/27/2013 (tray versions).
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Thanks for the complete lack of competition in the CPU segment from AMD, Intel can now go back to milking its customers.
dalethepcmanNo one can say they didn't see this coming. The 22nm chips are more profitable per unit than the 32nm chips. Because performance is stellar for either they have to be priced similar to each other, or who would buy the new one. Once the old chips are gone Intel can slowly start creeping up CPU prices again, until everyone is paying $400 for bottom end and $1000 for top end again.Thanks for the complete lack of competition in the CPU segment from AMD, Intel can now go back to milking its customers.
An i5 at $400 with Ivy Bridge is a far inferior value to even AMD's CPUs without the core configuration and/or P state altering methods that with CPU/NB frequency overclocking, can bring any FX-81xx CPU up to par with the LGA 1155 i5s and i7s in single threaded performance. Intel isn't stupid and wouldn't do that, especially with CPU performance greater than current i5s making little impact on gaming. Even more so considering that even Phenom II and Bulldozer FX can get a steady ~60FPS in any game today even if they need overclocking to do it and they'll probably do the trick for years to come.
AMD also has laid the plans for great performance jumps with each improvement on Bulldozer just as Intel has done with Core 2 (which is still nearly identical in CPU arch to even Ivy Bridge and probably Haswell, gains are mostly in die shrinks, cache improvements, and die integration) and how AMD did with Athlon 64 up until Bulldozer was launched.
In fact, AMD has greater gains planned than Intel does and has made clear how they'll achieve them.
Intel will not raise prices ridiculously. They undoubtedly will rise to the challenge of a revitalized AMD and will probably make improvements in their plans to ensure that they get and stay ahead of AMD should AMD take the lead.
Intel would need to be in an extremely monopolist situation in which anti-trust laws would hammer Intel as they did in the past, except probably even more fiercely because Intel would be a re-peat offender and governments would love to fine Intel to get some money to waste. Intel is still fighting the EU over past fines to this day, so I highly doubt that Intel would risk more such problems, especially if AMD sues them and Intel has to pay AMD as well as paying fines to governments. Intel can be greedy (hey, they're a company, any other company would be out to get as much money as they reasonably can get too), but they're not stupid.