Intel added pricing for new Core i3/ i5 / i7 microprocessors
On May 27th we posted a news story about new Intel processors coming this quarter - Xeon X3480, Pentium Dual-Core E6700, Core I3-550, and unlocked Core i5 I5-655K and Intel Core I7-875K CPUs. All these models, as well as Core i7-880, were listed in today's Intel price list. There was no official Intel announcement yet, and we don't know whether the new models will be announced or silently launched. Quick specs for newly released CPUs are listed below:
Interestingly enough, Intel didn't drop prices on any existing models. It's not clear who is going to buy Core i7-870 for $562, if Core i7-875K with the same features plus unlocked multiplier costs only $342. Also, Core i3-550 is priced only $5 higher than the i3-330. If retail prices will have the same price difference, less than 4%, than Core i3-530 will have worse price / performance ratio than the 550 model.
Update: If you don't mind messing with rebates then you can buy Core i5-655K or i7-875K processor from TigerDirect online store cheaper than Intel's official price for these CPUs:
Update (June 2): Intel did announce i5-655K and i7-875K microrpocessors yesterday, and posted information on remaining CPUs on their site. The processors are officially out.
Jul 14: Core i7-880: still not in retail
May 29: Reviews of Core i5-655K and Core i7-875K unlocked microprocessors
May 27: Intel microprocessors planned for this quarter
May 24: Intel Core i3-550 benchmarks
May 19: Core i5-655K and Core i7-875K are in stock
May 18: Core i3-550 is available in stores
May 17: Core i7-880 CPU specifications
May 07: Core i7-875K and Core i5-655K are available for pre-order
May 05: MSI added support for upcoming Pentium E6700