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July 31, 2013

Core i7 "Ivy Bridge-E" Pricing Surfaces

With Core i7-4770K "Haswell" and Z87-based motherboard combos going for as low as $450, Intel is shaping its upcoming Core i7 "Ivy Bridge-E" HEDT platform in a way that doesn't create a big pricing gap between the two platforms, and that those with the monies for an i7-4770K + Z87 platform are sufficiently tempted to drop in a few extra coins for an HEDT platform. 

To begin with, Core i7-4820K is expected to be priced at US $310, a whole $40 cheaper than the Core i7-4770K. This quad-core chip features 3.70 GHz clocks, 3.90 GHz maximum Turbo Boost, 10 MB of L3 cache, 48 PCI-Express gen 3.0 lanes, and a quad-channel memory controller; compared to the 3.60 GHz clocks, 3.90 GHz Turbo Boost, 8 MB L3 cache, 24 PCI-Express gen 3.0 lanes, and a dual-channel memory controller. To its credit, the i7-4770K features higher IPC thanks to its more advanced micro-architecture. Socket LGA2011 motherboards, such as Intel's DX79TO can be had for as low as $150. Tempting offer there.

Moving on, the Core i7-4930K will be the cheaper of the two six-core Ivy Bridge-E parts. It will be priced at US $555, making it almost $50 cheaper than i7-3930K (launch pricing) from the previous generation. This chip features clock speeds of 3.40 GHz, with 3.90 GHz maximum Turbo Boost, and 12 MB of L3 cache. Leading the pack is the Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition. This part stops shy of charging a four-figure sum, bearing a US $990 price-tag, $60 cheaper than the Core i7-3970X. The six-core part features 3.60 GHz clocks with 4.00 GHz maximum Turbo Boost, and 15 MB of L3 cache. 

Intel's Core i7 "Ivy Bridge-E" HEDT processors will launch some time between September 4th and 10th.