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Intel Core i3 530 Appears in Online Store Listing

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.https://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-core-i3-westmere-clarkdale,9232.html#Regards,Tony Tsao, CMAGeneral ManagerA-Power Computer Ltd.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • masterasia
    Price should be lower. Maybe $120 max. Microcenter is selling the i5 750 for $149.
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  • Pei-chen
    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
    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
    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
    i3 is LGA 1156 part and features an integrated DX10 graphics core
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  • bliq
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Edit or preview function would be nice.
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