Following the release of its new flagship, Core i7 990X, Intel has updated pricing for Core i7 900 CPUs. The new line-up is as follows:
Core i7 990X – $999
Core i7 980X – ~$950
Core i7 970 – $583
Core i7 960 – $294
To accommodate the Core i7 990X, the 980X must drop in price. However, this price drop hasn't really shown in e-tail, yet, but the price is expected to stabilize at around $900-$950. It is the Core i7 970 which undergoes a massive cut from $880 to $583, making Intel six-core CPUs that much more affordable. (relatively)
The 3.2 GHz Core i7 960, which is a quad-core CPU, drops from $583 to a much more affordable $294. Of course, it is no match for the similarly priced Core i7 2600, except you can't really get a motherboard to use it with.
The 990X and these price updates are likely to be the last hurrah for the extremely successful Nehalem generation, with the Sandy Bridge E processors incoming, replacing the LGA1366 platform with LGA2011.
Below is the bulk pricing not retail price, just to serve as a reference.
|Processors Model||Specs||Old Price||New Price||% Change|
|Core i7-990X Extreme Edition||3.46GHz, 6C/12T, 12M Cache, LGA1366||–||$990||–|
|Core i7-980X Extreme Edition||3.33GHz, 6C/12T, 12M Cache, LGA1366||$990||$990||–|
|Core i7-975||3.33GHz, 4C/8T, 8M Cache, LGA1366||$990||$990||–|
|Core i7-970||3.2GHz, 6C/12T, 12M Cache, LGA1366||$845||$555||(34%)|
|Core i7-2600K||3.4GHz, 4C/8T, 8M Cache, LGA1155||$305||$305||–|
|Core i7-2600||3.4GHz, 4C/8T, 8M Cache, LGA1155||$285||$285||–|
|Core i7-960||3.2GHz, 4C/8T, 8M Cache, LGA1366||$555||$285||(49%)|
|Core i7-950||3.06GHz, 4C/8T, 8M Cache, LGA1366||$285||$285||–|
|Core i7-930||2.80GHz, 4C/8T, 8M Cache, LGA1366||$285||$285||