Intel's new 32-nm desktop processors didn't hit e-tail listings immediately after Monday's launch, but they're finally there, with Newegg now stocking the entire line of Clarkdale-based Core i3 and Core i5 offerings. While the e-tailer offers free shipping on all those CPUs, its prices are also a wee bit higher than those in Intel's official price list:
|Model||Base core speed||Peak Turbo speed||Intel price||Newegg price|
|Core i3-530||2.93 GHz||-||$113||$124.99|
|Core i3-540||3.06 GHz||-||$133||$144.99|
|Core i5-650||3.20 GHz||3.46 GHz||$176||$194.99|
|Core i5-660||3.33 GHz||3.60 GHz||$196||$207.99|
|Core i5-661||3.33 GHz||3.60 GHz||$196||$209.99|
|Core i5-670||3.46 GHz||3.73 GHz||$284||$299.99|
As a reminder, all Core i3 and i5 processors have two cores, four threads, and 4MB of L3 cache. All except for the i5-661 also have 733MHz GPU clock speeds and 73W power envelopes (the i5-661 clocks its GPU at 900MHz and has a higher, 87W TDP).
Newegg's current prices position the entire Clarkdale lineup above AMD's quad-core Athlon II X4 processors, which sell for $99 and $113. As we saw in our testing, the $113 Athlon II X4 630 holds its own in multi-threaded applications like video encoding, 3D rendering, and some games, although it's not quite as power-efficient as even high-end Clarkdales.
Real-world pricing also seems to place four of the six Clarkdale newcomers in Lynnfield territory, where they're not all that attractive. We said in our review that we'd pick the $200 Core i5-750 over the i5-661 ten times out of ten, since both processors have similar bulk prices, and the i5-750's four Lynnfield cores are capable of delivering much higher performance. Well, it turns out Newegg charges $10 more for the i5-661 and puts the slower Core i5-650 within $5 of Core i5-750.