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.