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Intel readying 3.33GHz Core i7, new Core 2 Quad S

updated 10:25 am EDT, Thu March 19, 2009

Intel 3 33GHz Core i7 Soon

A new roadmap of upcoming Intel chip upgrades has Intel ramping up clock speeds for its range-topping Core i7 chip as well as adding newer speed grades for its Core 2 line, including the Core 2 Quad S. On May 31st, the chip designer is understood to be introducing a 3.33GHz Core i7 quad-core part, tbe i7-975, that will effectively replace the 3.2GHz model. A 3.06GHz version (i7-950) will also supplant the 2.93GHz model at the same time. The two should be priced at $999 and $562 respectively in large batches.

Ahead of this, Intel is also expected to introduce a new, mid-tier version of its Core 2 Quad S designed for small form factor PCs. The 2.66GHz Q8400S appears a budget alternative to the similar Q9400S and will slot in between this last chip and the Q9300 in both performance and price, coming in at $245 on April 19th. The remaining Core 2 Quad S chips themselves will get price cuts with the 2.83GHz Q9550S falling to $320, the 2.66GHZ Q9400S to $277, and the 2.33GHz Q8300S to $213. A full-power equivalent to the newer 2.66GHz moel, the Q8400, will appear at the same time as its more efficient counterpart and will be priced at $183.

A handful of dual-core processors should also be launched on May 31st with unspecified clock speeds. The Core 2 Duo E7600, Pentium dual-core E6300 and Celeron dual-core E1600 should serve the very low end of desktops with price points of $133, $84 and $53.

Rounding out Intel's changes, a series of price cuts on July 19th will drop the prices of budget Core 2 Quad, Core 2 Duo, Pentium and Celeron chips by about $10 or $20 depending on the price of the component.

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  1. bigjimid

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    Joined: Feb 2009


    Big deal

    Yeaaa, go Intel. Release more super expensive processors that only a handful of people will use.

    Don't get me wrong, the i7 is the best processor out there, but no one cares about that any more. Plus, no one truly has the need for them except for very high end workstations. More people are looking at the price per performance nowadays. $600 minimum for a Core i7 vs. $250 for an AM3 Phenom II. Bragging rights of owning an i7 I guess?

    Although, I want to see what the 975 will benchmark at.

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