Still-unreleased (and sometimes unannounced) hardware showing up in Asian stores a little ahead of schedule isn't a new phenomenon, but it's always fun to witness. This time, the premature hardware retail Olympics have moved to Malaysia, where according to Lowyat.Net, a "well-known retailer" put up listings for several Sandy Bridge processors and even posted pictures of them on its Facebook page.
The listings are for Core i5-2300, i5-2400, it-2500, it-2500K, i7-2600, and i7-2600K processors. If we're to believe the listed specs, those parts all have LGA1155 packages, are clocked between 2.8GHz and 3.4GHz, and feature either 6MB and 8MB of cache. Prices shown in Lowyat.Net's screenshot range from 585 to 939 Malaysian ringgits, or $186-$299 USD.
What about the photos? Those seem to have disappeared from Facebook, oddly enough, but Lowyat.net is still hosting them. It looks like the "well-known retailer" had shiny new Sandy Bridge boxes sitting on a countertop in an open store with customers browsing in the background. The box design looks pretty dashing, I must say, even if it's not a radical departure from what Intel does right now. I'm surprised none of those customers threw some money on the counter, grabbed one, and made a run for it... I know I would have been tempted to. (Thanks to Fudzilla for the link.)
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