Gulftown has just gotten a teensy bit more affordable. The new, hexa-core Core i7-970 processor is now listed and in stock at Newegg for $899.99 with free shipping. Intel has also released a new $200-ish quad-core processor: the Core i5-760.
The small price difference between the i7-970 and the $1,000 Core i7-980X Extreme conceals an equally small change in specifications. Intel has just scaled back the base clock speed from 3.33GHz to 3.2GHz on the i7-970; other features look pretty much identical (12 megs of L3 cache, 130W thermal envelopes, LGA1366 packages, and so forth). Not being an Extreme Edition part, though, the 970 presumably lacks an unlocked upper multiplier.
Meanwhile, the new Core i5-760 is an equally small departure from the Core i5-750, since it only takes the base clock speed up from 2.66GHz to 2.8GHz. For only a few bucks more, though, that's not such a bad deal.
In related news, Intel's price list shows the Core i7-870 has tumbled from $562 to $294. That would be a great bargain... if Intel weren't already selling the unlocked Core i7-875K for about $330. Who knows, though? Maybe folks who don't overclock will be happy to go with the i7-870 and save 30 bucks.