Sandy Bridge-E Prices Leaked In Company Bulletin

Subject: Processors | November 12, 2011 - 06:50 PM |
Tagged: Sandy Bridge E, microcenter, Intel, ddr3, core i7, asus

Sandy Bridge-E is almost upon us, and enthusiasts are no doubt salivating over the shiny new motherboards, quad channel memory, and PCI-E bandwidth that these chips offer. Naturally, there are bound to be price and information leaks as the launch date gets closer whether it is due to a PR move by Intel or a leak by a person or company on down the line. One such leak came to our attention recently via a leaked company bulletin. Microcenter, a US based computer electronics store has leaked the prices of some of the upcoming Sandy Bride-E processors.

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While Sandy Bridge-E will not officially launch until the 14 of this month,Microcenter is already busy preparing for the launch by setting prices and organizing promotions. One such promotion has come to our attention recently, and involves two SB-E CPUs and a slew of supporting motherboards. The two processors in question are the Intel Core i7 3930K and the Core i7 3960X. The i7 3930K will be sold at $649.99 USD while the Extreme edition i7 3960X part will go for 1,149.99 USD. These prices are limited to one per customer and are in-store deals only. While the prices are a bit higher than expected, the retailer is trying to sweeten the deal by bundling a "free" Corsair H80 sealed loop water cooler with the purchase of any one of the Sandy Bridge-E CPUs. While the free H80's price is likely built into the processor's mark-up, it's at least a decent cooler (HardOCP has a review of the water cooler here). Whether it will be beneficial will depend on the user's existing cooler and whether it will be compatible/upgradeable to socket 2011.

The company will also have a "limited stock" of X79 motherboards available at launch, with more stock to become available in the coming weeks after launch. Throughout all Microcenter stores, the following motherboards will be available at the following prices.

  • ASUS P9X79 PRO 2011 ATX $339.99
  • ASUS Sabertooth PX79 2011 ATX $349.99
  • ASUS P9X79 Deluxe 2011 ATX $389.99

Asus must be a crowd favorite over at Microcenter!

A bulletin containing the Microcenter leak ended with a positive note in stating "this launch should provide a tremendous opportunity for some very high end BYO builds for the most extreme enthusiast customer who is wanting the absolute latest and greatest from Intel!" Will you be hitting up a Microcenter at launch to get your Sandy Bridge-E on?

November 12, 2011 | 07:19 PM - Posted by Imperfectlink

Microcenter has been offering $40 off the 2600k and $60 off a motherboard for it. They'll have to at least provide the equivalent for the E platform for me to be interested, especially considering sales tax.

November 12, 2011 | 08:08 PM - Posted by WhiskerBiscuit (not verified)

If your worried about avoiding sales tax then you obviously can't afford sandybridge-e anyways.

November 12, 2011 | 08:31 PM - Posted by Imperfectlink

$40 off a 2600k is a 12.5% discount which makes it a deal even after 7% tax.

For a $650 processor, they'll have to offer a $45.50 discount to even match an online price of the same amount assuming there is free shipping.

If you aren't doing your own binning then there will be little reason to buy from MC unless it drops from that introductory price.

It's not about whether I'm trying to avoid tax, just simple business.

November 12, 2011 | 09:47 PM - Posted by James (not verified)

not to mention when buying a 1500$ system there is roughtly 150$ in taxes overall. That is why I buy through amazon so I do not have to pay CA (and newegg) sales tax.

As to Sandybridge-E getting leaked a little early, doesn't the official launch happen Monday the 14th or something. I would hardly call it a leak.

November 14, 2011 | 12:49 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yes, I believe the launch is this week (can't remember if it's the 14th or not, you might be right though).

Yeah Amazon rocks, but they are really pushing for tax now :/

November 13, 2011 | 11:03 AM - Posted by Eric (not verified)

On my state's sales tax holiday you should have seen how packed the Apple store was. The line was so long it zig zag'd all over outside the store, and once you got inside it was still absolutely packed to absolute capacity. There's TONS of people that are willing to pay $1500 for something, but that extra $139 in sales tax (9.25% sales tax for my state/county/city) was their deciding factor.

November 13, 2011 | 11:45 AM - Posted by pdjblum

Sheep will find any excuse to line up. Especially ones with money.

November 13, 2011 | 05:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I agree. Taxes are huge consideration when buying products over 750 bucks.

November 13, 2011 | 05:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I agree. Taxes are huge consideration when buying products over 750 bucks.

November 13, 2011 | 05:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I bought my i7-930 about a month after it dropped for 199 USD. They were 295-315 everywhere else. Something tells me that these guys are actually selling em less than other retailers will sell em for. Microcenter always seems to get price that are often equal to or less than products from online stores.

November 13, 2011 | 07:47 AM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

1,149.99 .....wow......

November 13, 2011 | 11:11 PM - Posted by CaribouLou (not verified)

Intel always has a flagship, $1000 CPU dating back to the C2Q days. Microcenter always has the best CPU prices (look at the 2600k @ $279 against Newegg @ $315) even if they have to adjust the price a few days after release to make sure they are the cheapest, plus they routinely offer motherboard discounts. The X79 is the replacement for the X58 chipset which still has the 990X for $999.

In short, this isn't really unexpected.

November 13, 2011 | 11:29 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Whats the point of a 1500$ cpu
does not make sense
certainly not for playing games
the cpu is no longer the bottleneck

November 13, 2011 | 11:20 PM - Posted by CaribouLou (not verified)

There are no $1500 CPUs listed. Rounding up by $350 is.. unusual.

And yes, you can buy a $179 i5 2500k for playing games. You are not the target demographic for Sandy Bridge-E.

November 13, 2011 | 09:23 PM - Posted by Nandro (not verified)

The only point I can see is compiling code. Where I worked the coders got the best as when compiling they got paid to sit around and drink Jolt.

November 14, 2011 | 12:52 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

hehe, sounds like my kinda job. Too bad I can't program for crap. My Python app sorta worked but it was clunky as hell lol!

November 13, 2011 | 09:23 PM - Posted by Nandro (not verified)

The only point I can see is compiling code. Where I worked the coders got the best as when compiling they got paid to sit around and drink Jolt.

November 13, 2011 | 09:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

:{ I was hoping to be able to afford one of these for building a rendering rig, looks like it won't happen.

-Sonic

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