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Intel Reportedly Delaying Core i5 Processors

Intel Reportedly Delaying Core i5 Processors

Oh, brother -- again already? Just days after we heard that Intel was delayed its long awaiting Itanium chip to better its performance before shipping, in flies word that the chip maker is delaying yet another processor, and this one's arguably even more significant. Needless to say, Intel's Core i7 has been a huge hit with gamers and multimedia lovers alike, and it has no doubt generated millions for the company.



Now, the processor's lower-end brother, which was on track to debut this July, will reportedly slip to early September. Indeed, we were even hearing about the Core i5 (codenamed Lynnfield) during CeBIT in March, but evidently things haven't gone quite as planned in Intel's laboratories. The news comes from undisclosed "sources at motherboard makers," which we tend to believe. Gigabyte was already showing off a Core i5 motherboard a few months ago, leading us to believe that the CPU was already dangerously close to market-ready.



So, why the wait? Naturally, the ailing economy is being blamed, with reports suggesting that Intel is simply pushing the Core i5 back in order to get more of its current inventory off of the shelf. Problem is, that's less likely to happen now that we know something better is just around the bend. As of now, we're expecting Core i5s to launch in 2.93GHz, 2.8GHz and 2.66GHz models, which will initially be priced at $562, $284 and $196 in 1000-unit quantities, respectively. If all goes well, they'll be available in the retail channel in early August, with suitable mainboards appearing even sooner. So, what are the chances these get pushed back yet again?
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those prices are suppose to be low end. No wonder they post poned it.

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I really wanted a Core i7 foa while, but when I really sat down and looked at the numbers my CPU is almost as fast and even faster at some things than the 920 and both have about the same overclocking potential. With only dual channel memory they are taking away some of the memory bandwidth are these things really going to be worth it over a core2quad.

Or if say someone has a core2duo what makes it worth a mobo and memory switch over just upgrading to a quad? I really just don't see a market for the i5 right now. I wonder if Intel feels the same way.

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The I5 will most likely be used on the general market PC's. That market is the largest period, and that market will in most cases never know the difference.

I and you may want a I7 or even a Phenom2 system with boatloads of memory and 2 dual gpu graphics cards, a sound card, and a raid 5 implementation of SSD drives ROFL.

Sadly though we as a consumer market field are small as hardware enthusiast's. The other home users who are in a larger sense less knowledgeable about the insides of a PC is most likely 85% if not 95% of the market.

These are the guys and girls that go to best buy or another retailer and ask the sales guy there for a "GOOD" PC. He then sell's them the SKU he is currently getting some form of compensation for hyping.

Which in the I5's case will be the newest and greatest from INTEL, whenever they get it released. As for your software statement ROFL most applications don't even fully support 2 cores yet, much less 4. SO I think someone with a decent core 2 quad is basically ahead of the game. I am still running an Athlon 64 X2 which I have running at about 5000+ and have for years. It runs everything fine and I game almost every night after my daughter goes to bed.

Yes, I want a new PC. But for now mine works. My laptop is a Centrino 2 Gateway FX unit. The hardware even in the HD's which I run in raid, and generally wireless at 1080P res, on a graphics card that is even though laptop better than my 3870OC (at least as far as benchmarks say) totally eats my desktop. However the performance difference is basically nill. To tell you the truth the desktop could probably outperform the laptop any day of the week.

Meanwhile I am waiting for AMD to drop there next CPU this summer.

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As stated above, we have lots of good tech on the market right now.

The economy will slow sales for sure, and even the Best Buy kinda buyer will want allot of bang for his buck. Expect to see slightly more educated decisions being made in the marketplace.

I use two Phenom-II 940's and a Mac with an Intel Extreme processor. They all do whatever I throw at them easily and with haste. The price was right as far as the Phenom systems went, the Mac was pricey though.

It's a good time to be a consumer with all of this inexpensive hardware and multiple choices for operating systems too. (Win 7, Ubuntu, OS-X)

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Still you can get an i7 920 for cheaper or the same as 2 of those 3 i5's. I want to see how they compare next to the 920. If it's geared toward your average user and the i7 is more powerfull then why the high price tag. I would expect all 3 models to be priced under $250 to even be worth going for otherwise why not go with an i7.

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nelsoncp21:

Still you can get an i7 920 for cheaper or the same as 2 of those 3 i5's. I want to see how they compare next to the 920. If it's geared toward your average user and the i7 is more powerfull then why the high price tag. I would expect all 3 models to be priced under $250 to even be worth going for otherwise why not go with an i7.

Yeah I agree. Even if you have a bit more speed on the i5 the i7 will have the better upgrade path.

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According to this:http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2009/05/28/intel-to-discontinue-core-i7-920-940-cpus/1 Intel is going to discontinue the 920 and 940 as they offer better performance and value than the high end Core i5's.

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intresting read on anandtech with benchmarks. http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3570

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