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Intel takes the axe to high-end Core i7 pricing

by Parm Mann on 14 February 2011, 10:31

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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If Intel's Sandy Bridge predicament has left you second guessing your next CPU upgrade, now might be a good time to look back at the chip giant's previous-generation LGA1366.

Over the course of the past weekend, Intel has slashed the cost of two high-end LGA1366 parts; the quad-core Core i7 960 and the hexa-core Core i7 970.

The former, a 3.2GHz hyper-threaded Bloomfield part, has been given a very healthy 48 per cent price cut. The 130W chip might date back to 2009, but it still runs rings around most benchmarks and now costs under £240* - that's tempting when you consider the same chip cost over £460 this time last week.

If it's mega-muscle you're after, the 32nm 3.2GHz Core i7 970 touts six hyper-threaded cores and has seen its pricing tumble from over £650 to under £450*. That's still not pocket-change, but the fact that this is Intel's cheapest-ever hexa-core part might have you interested.

Time to cancel the dozen roses and get a Valentine's Gift the whole family can enjoy?

Thanks go to Mike for the tip!

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Ooooh. Nice.
Anyone know where to find advice about which BIOS will run these on a Gigabyte UD5 ? Very tempting.
Its fine if you run stock, but if you OC, its not that great, they tend to all top off at a similar level.

Cut the 920/930/940 or whatever is currently the low end and it would raise more eye brows, but it'll spoil the price structure compared to LGA1156/1155
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Look on gigiabyte's website! d'oh
Rev 1.0 of the board requires F2 bios for hex-core support


Rev 2.0 was released with Hex core support.


Any chance of folding on it when you buy one?