Core i7 could launch on November 17

Asian tech sites and rumor blogs have posted almost all the unofficial dirt there is to post about Intel’s next-gen Core i7 processors. We’ve seen photos of the chips and their coolers, benchmarks, and a run-down of the launch CPUs and their price tags. Now, Fudzilla has secured the final piece of the puzzle: a launch date.

Quoting “multiple sources,” Fudzilla says Intel will unleash the Core i7 on “the first day of week 47.” Don’t get your calculator out—Fudo says that corresponds to November 17, which is supposedly a week later than the date Intel had picked out initially. Motherboard manufacturers should join the fun with matching motherboards based on the X58 Express chipset (like Asus’ P6T Deluxe), and memory makers should accompany them with triple-channel DDR3 memory kits.

Fudo echoes the prices and specs we heard a few weeks ago, too. He says the launch lineup will include a 2.66GHz Core i7 priced at $284, a 2.93GHz chip at $562, and a 3.2GHz top-of-the-line model at $999. Intel will reportedly call these processors Core i7 920, Core i7 940, and Core i7 965 Extreme, respectively.

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    • sigher
    • 11 years ago

    I’ll just wait and see.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 11 years ago

    And Nov 19th is the new xbox experience. Conspiracy!

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    I like the C2D naming scheme better. Even though it obscures clock speed as well, once you’ve got the basics it’s easy to figure out the other basic specs of a chip. Also, they’re starting out with 9…will they have to turn it up to 11 for future processors or will they just make 10 louder?

    • KarateBob
    • 11 years ago

    Are the prices back at $284, 562, and 999?

    §[<http://www.neoseeker.com/news/8828-pricing-pegged-for-first-three-models-of-intels-new-core-i7-processors/<]§ That (newer) article says the new prices as $367, 720, and 1412.

      • KarateBob
      • 11 years ago

      The Wikipedia article also has mixed data about the pricing

      §[<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_i7#Processors<]§

        • sigher
        • 11 years ago

        Well to take wikipedia as knowing anything authoritative about this particular subject would be quite silly, not sure it’s even worth mentioning.

          • shaq_mobile
          • 11 years ago

          those prices are in pesos! or maybe those are canadian space bucks

          • KarateBob
          • 11 years ago

          I understand that. I was wondering if anyone had any other accurate sources.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    Oh come on, don’t be coy! You guys /[

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      And if they know, which rumors do you think they would dignfy by repeating: the ones with the wrong date, or the ones with the right one?

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 11 years ago

        <insert Princess bride debate reference re: switching drinks>

          • UberGerbil
          • 11 years ago

          “I am Inigo Montoya,prepare to be confused by shipdate rumors!”

          (“/[

            • kkloster
            • 11 years ago

            they are smiling…

            because they know something you don’t know.

            • lycium
            • 11 years ago

            heheh brilliant 😀

    • ybf
    • 11 years ago

    Considering this $284, 2.66 GHz i7/920 will vastly outperform my year-old, $1K, 3.06-GHz QX9650, the price/performance cut is immense.

    And it’s only $18 more than the Q6600 was selling for when it was brand new.

    These are so tasty I might just need to get one for a home entertainment system. I should start dropping xmas hints…

      • KarateBob
      • 11 years ago

      The Q6600 was $530 when it came out
      §[<https://techreport.com/discussions.x/12917<]§ The ~$300 i7 920 CPU looks cheap. But I suspect the prices for the early X58 boards will also start at ~$300.

        • StashTheVampede
        • 11 years ago

        Please include the newer, lower voltage, DDR3s as well. You want the best? You pay for it.

          • KarateBob
          • 11 years ago

          DDR3 prices are reasonable.

          DDR2 prices are at batshit crazy levels.

          • sigher
          • 11 years ago

          Yeah new triple stick DDR3 packages, new motherboard, new CPU, it all runs up and the CPU isn’t the one that is the highest priced item anymore.
          I wonder about that x58 though, it doesn’t handle the RAM any more so that should theoretically mean less complexity and cheaper chips you’d think.

            • UberGerbil
            • 11 years ago

            Three channels of RAM mean more motherboard traces, which is added complexity in terms of layout headaches/expense for the mobo makers.

            But the first wave of triple-channel CPUs, chipsets, and motherboards are really intended for the workstation market. The pricing will make more sense when the full spectrum of CPUs and boards is available, in particular the dual-channel “mainstream” parts.

            • moloch
            • 11 years ago

            $300 mobos you think?

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 11 years ago

            Well someone will try to sell at $300 for sure. 🙂

            But no, even a huge pile of extra wires on the board can’t add up to anything near $100. They constantly whine about this cost for graphics cards, yet the width of busses keeps going up and prices keep going down…

            • GreatGooglyMoogly
            • 11 years ago

            I’m not so sure that’s true when the memory controller is on-die.

            • UberGerbil
            • 11 years ago

            Whether the traces run from the DIMM slots to the northbridge or to the CPU socket, they still have to run. And more slots = more traces.

            • cegras
            • 11 years ago

            But now you don’t have to route those traces to the northbridge.

            • ew
            • 11 years ago

            They have to go somewhere right? Or did I miss that DDR3 is wireless?

            • UberGerbil
            • 11 years ago

            Right, so now instead of routing the Northbridge to the CPU, and the RAM to the Northbridge, you have to route the Northbridge to the CPU /[

            • sigher
            • 11 years ago

            Ah but a straight route from the RAM right next to the CPU should be not THAT hard, but i/we are no experts of course so who knows.

            • UberGerbil
            • 11 years ago

            Possibly. It usually has more to do with cross-talk and keeping the planes separate than the actual component topology. But my point was merely that it’s a bit simplistic to /[

            • green
            • 11 years ago

            there’s a reason why with 2 channels they’ve generally moved to 6 layer pcbs
            with an extra channel to throw in (2 sticks on that channel) we could be looking at a move to 8 layer pcb
            it was hard enough to manufacture and design for 6 layers. 8 layers is going worse.
            while the components are “right next door”, there are contacts ~10 lines in from the outter contacts
            so it’s easy to say ‘connect them straight across’, doing so is a different matter

            this is why chip manufacturers are looking at optical interconnects
            so they can swap it out for a serial optical connect and reduce the pins needed

            • MadManOriginal
            • 11 years ago

            Why do we even still have a NB/SB arrangement with on-die memory controllers. Is it because of trace length requirements from the peripherals and lower slots on the mobo?

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 11 years ago

      I doubt a 2.66ghz i7 will “vastly” outperform a 3.06ghz C2Q unless more than 4 threads are in action.

        • ish718
        • 11 years ago

        Yes I doubt that as well, I don’t think nehalem architecture is that much of a improvement over core2….

          • kuraegomon
          • 11 years ago

          Actually, there’s a good chance that it will outperform at virtually all work-loads – I don’t know about ‘vastly’, but the nehalem architecture is _certainly_ a great improvement over Core.

    • marvelous
    • 11 years ago

    I rather see the Core 2 quads to cut prices considering everyone probably has core 2 duo.

    • moloch
    • 11 years ago

    C2D price cuts?

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Intel drops prices on a quarterly basis pretty much routinely, whether they have a new generation to introduce or not.

        • moloch
        • 11 years ago

        so you dont foresee any price drops when it launces

          • UberGerbil
          • 11 years ago

          I think we will see a 4Q price cut, but we would see that whether there was a Nehalem launch or not (the details and the timing may be slightly different to make room at the right points, of course).

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