Online retailers start listing Core i7 processors

According to our sources, Intel's new Core i7 processors won't appear on store shelves until November 17. That deadline apparently hasn't stopped some e-tailers from putting up early listings for the CPUs and their matching motherboards, though.

PC Connection currently lists the Core i7-920 for $334.02 and the Core i7-940 for $662—both notable markups over the tray prices, which are $284 and $562, respectively, for those two chips (see our review). Meanwhile, PC Mall has listings for a Core i7-920 at $384, a Core i7-940 at $722, and a Core i7-965 at $1,250. PC Mall has none of these chips in stock right now, but PC Connection's website says "Limited Quantities Available" in the stock status column.

A search for "Core i7" at PC Connection also lists no fewer than seven motherboards, all based on the Intel X58 Express chipset and priced between $261.38 and $463.98. The cheapest of the bunch looks to be the MSI X58 Platinum, while a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 is already in stock and available for $352.87. The Asus P6T Deluxe we reviewed a few days back is up for $392.09, too, well above the $309 suggested retail price. (Thanks to CNet News for the tip.)

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