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.
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.
I forgot, The Intel DX58SO will be $269.99 and the Asus P6T will go for $319.99 USD. We have all 3 models of the Nehalem chips but I can't verify if the prices I know of on the 940, and 965 would be correct so that is why I'm leaving them off for now.
Pei-chenI have 8GB of DDR2 in my E6400 system. Hopefully Q9550 will come down to sub $200 by mid next year so I can keep my motherboard for 4 years. Jan 2007 to Jan 2011.I've got my fingers crossed. I got my E6300 one month before that. It would be nice to get something like a Q9550 and extend the life of my RAM, board, and OS.
These should really be more marketed towards professionals, no gamer needs to switch sockets just yet. You can pay $500 and score 40+ FPS in almost all games on the market, on respectable settings. There's currently absolutely no need for Intel to bring out i7 at all, actually. The current intel CPUs are more than enough with room for improvement. Intel once again shows us that it's entirely unable to hold back a product release to milk money from *still functional* current product lines.