Several motherboard makers have let leak a number juicy tidbits from Intel’s Summer 2010 schedule, including some price drops and a few new models. Most interesting are a new, slightly-less-expensive six-core processor and an almost fifty percent price cut on the capable 3.06GHz Core i7-950.
New Intel processors, Summer 2010:
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Intel CPU price cuts, Summer 2010:
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The quad-core Core i5-760 will likely be clocked at 2.8GHz; its quad-core Core i5-870S brother will be clocked somewhere south of the i7-870’s 2.93GHz. The ‘S’ denotes the processor’s lower power requirements; a similar S version of the Core i7-860 dropped the TDP by 13 watts. The 870S will likely be geared toward smaller form factor computers, like the popular slim models sold by Gateway, Dell and HP.
The Core i7-970 will actually be a six-core processor, which is no surprise, given the high $885 (in 1ku batches) price tag; it doesn’t look to be part of the unlocked Extreme Edition family, however, which will help to separate it from the higher-priced Core i7-980X. As mentioned earlier, the other interesting news tidbit is the price reduction on the quad-core Core i7-950. The 3.06GHz chip will see its price fall almost $300, from $562 to $294. That puts the high-end CPU much further into the reach of PC builders and system enthusiasts everywhere.