Intel Will Drop Prices On Sandy Bridge CPUs in Q3 2011

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2011 - 02:13 PM |
Tagged: Intel, sandy bridge, cpu

Intel plans to refresh its entry level and mid-range Sandy Bridge desktop processor lineup with seven new models and accompanying price drops. The new models include the Pentium G630, G630T, and G860 on the low end, and the Core i5 2320 on the high end. Making up the middle ground are the Core i3 2120T, i3 2125, and i3 2130 processors.

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CPU-World reports that September and October will both see price reductions in certain Sandy Bridge processor SKUs. September will see price reductions in all mid and low power Core i5 and i7 processors. Specifically, the Core i5 processors will be reduced by as much as $11, while the Core i7-2600S will see a price cut of $12. October will bring price cuts for the low end Pentium and Core i3 processors. The Pentium CPUs will see a price cut of $11 and the Core i3 2120 will be cut by $21.

CPU World has a detailed chart of the individual chip prices which you can check out here.  Will these price reductions be enough to entice you to buy into Sandy Bridge, or are you holding off upgrading until Ivy Bridge?


Source: CPU World

August 17, 2011 | 05:14 PM - Posted by Chippy (not verified)

The price cuts aren't big enough to make me want to build a new Sandy Bridge rig. I'm waiting to see what Bulldozer does when AMD releases it but if it doesn't perform then I'll wait until Ivy Bridge to reassess. The sad truth for both Intel and AMD is that neither company has presented a compelling reason for me to replace my old Phenom2 - 945.

August 18, 2011 | 12:37 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

I'm still rocking my i7 860 and it takes everything I throw at it in strides, and that's when it's not even overclocked. When overclocked it's even more compelling to stick with it, skip Sandy Bridge, and go straight to Ivy Bridge (or even better Ivy Bridge's successor :) )

August 17, 2011 | 05:51 PM - Posted by Mark (not verified)

A 3%-5% drop means nothing to any relevant informed consumer at this point.

August 18, 2011 | 12:36 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

I'm hoping that the small drop in MSRP will correlate with another small drop in street price, that'd be nice :) I see your point though, hopefully Bulldozer will cause further price cuts!

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