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Intel Core i5 750, Core i7 860 and Core i7 870: launch-day pricing comparison

by Parm Mann on 8 September 2009, 11:00

Tags: Core i5 750, Core i7 860, Core i7 870, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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In case you blinked and missed it, Intel launched a bunch of new Lynnfield processors earlier today in the form of the 2.66GHz Core i5 750, 2.80GHz Core i7 860 and 2.93 Core i7 870.

HEXUS' own in-depth review found the parts to be fundamentally impressive, concluding that the Core i5 750 offers decent performance and aggressive pricing, while the Core i7 860 proved to be more than a match for the full-fat Core i7 920, making it our pick of the Lynnfield trio.

Knowing that Intel and its partners have been well prepared for a global launch, stock has been plentiful - with a handful of retailers jumping the gun by making parts available sooner than expected. Nonetheless, here we are on official launch day, and we're taking a look at a handful of big-name retailers to see what you can expect to pay if you're planning on picking up a Lynnfield processor on day one.

Please note that pricing is for full retail editions and correct as of 10am, Tuesday September 8.


UK Market

retailerIntel Core i5 750Intel Core i7 860Intel Core i7 870
scan.co.uk* £158.87 £226.75 £439.50
ebuyer.com £149.99 £219.38 £434.61
c3computers.co.uk £159.49 £225.75 Out of stock
misco.co.uk £162.99 £229.99 £439.99
*As always, UK-based HEXUS.community discussion forum members will benefit from the SCAN2HEXUS Free Shipping initiative, which will save you a further few pounds plus also top-notch, priority customer service and technical support backed up by the SCANcare@HEXUS forum.
 

Euro Market

retailer Intel Core i5 750 Intel Core i7 860 Intel Core i7 870
alternate.de €174.90 €274.00 €539.00
 

US Market

retailer Intel Core i5 750 Intel Core i7 860 Intel Core i7 870
newegg.com $209.99 $299.99 $579.99

As expected, stock is readily available and although UK pricing appears to vary, both the Core i5 750 and Core i7 860 can be had for under £150 and £220, respectively. Topping the Lynnfield line, the Core i7 870 demands a premium price of around £430.

Savvy consumers may note that UK pricing could be suffering from a touch of launch-day inflation, a common occurrence with high-end hardware components. Although pricing is currently attractive, we'd expect the Core i7 750 to drop to below £140 in the coming weeks, whilst the Core i7 860 should end up below the £200 mark.

In summary, you'll have no difficulty in finding Intel's Lynnfield in stock - be it in the UK, US or European markets - but you might be paying a premium to be a day-one owner.

Want to know why any of the above processors might be right for you? Check out our complete in-depth review and analysis. Already made a purchase? Let us know which Lynnfield processor you opted for, and why, in the HEXUS.community forums.



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Scan have lowered the prices for all there 1156 cpu's to be in-line with ebuyer's pricing.
I hope these prices come down in a month or so.
Not sure they are all that attractive at those prices really. £10- £20 premium on the CPUs and motherboards that are a bit pricey for a so called mainstream line make it a harder choice than it should be.
I won't buy one until there is a MB out there that has native support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6G… I would imagine that give it a month, 2 tops and there will be boards out there that support these new techs.
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I won't buy one until there is a MB out there that has native support for USB 3.0 and SATA 6G… I would imagine that give it a month, 2 tops and there will be boards out there that support these new techs.

I 100% agree with you, as I bet many-a mainstream enthusiasts do as well. That's EXACTLY what I was thinking when I read the reviews this morning. I thought to myself, “Self, do I want a 920 or 860 now that all is known?” and self said “Why the hell would you make the investment before SATA III and Superspeed USB, and why didn't at least one P55 launch with these making the decision easier?”

I gave myself a cookie, and we began to wait for such a board, hoping the Microcenter deals here in good ol' U.s. of A. last until such a decent board exists.