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UPDATE: Core i7: Blazing Fast, O/C Changes

Models And Pricing

The least expensive of the new Core i7 chips is the 2.66 GHz model, which should be available in stores for around $284. As usual, we can expect the Extreme Edition with its clock speed of 3.20 GHz to set you back around $1,000.

ModelPrice in $
Core i7 965 Extreme$999
Core i7 940$562
Core i7 920$284

Prices for Socket 1366 motherboards are currently sky high. If you’re thinking of building a system using a Core i7 920, be prepared to pay more for the board than for the CPU.

ModelPrice in $
Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme$344.99
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5$329.99
Intel DX58SO$345.99
MSI Eclipse$409.99
MSI X58 Platinum$304.99

A basic Core i7 system consisting of a Core i7 920 processor, a motherboard and 4 GB of dual-channel memory will cost about $750. Of course, that price will spike considerably if you opt for the Core i7 965 Extreme instead of one of Intel’s entry-level models.