Intel Core i7 CPUs & X58 Motherboards Available

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News Posted: Sun, Nov 16 2008 3:45 PM

After a quick search of Newegg’s site, we’ve found that Intel’s trio of initial Core i7 processors and an array of X58 Express chipset-based motherboards have been made available, just shy of two weeks since out launch article hit the web.

The Core i7 920 (2.66GHz), 940 (2.93GHz) and Core i7 Extreme 965 (3.2GHz) are all selling for a small premium at the moment--$319, $599, and 1069, respectively—but the X58 motherboards are priced right in line with expectations. MSI’s offering is the least expensive at the moment at about $220, and ASUS’ flagship Rampage II Extreme is currently the most expensive at almost $400.

Coincidentally, we’ve got MSI’s X58 Platinum and ASUS’ Rampage II Extreme in the lab at the moment, and will be posting our full evaluations of each board shortly.



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 was wondering when newegg was gonna get with it. Many others have had certain items in stock for a couple weeks now.

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Good to hear they are finally popping up at a decent price.

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Fantastic Im looking forward to your evaluation on the Asus Ive already seen one and it seems to be the one you would definatly want in your rig!Cant wait to see the results Marco!

 

 

 

 

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Hmmmm . . . 2.93 GHZ is $599 . . . 3.2 GHz is $1096?

Why a very big difference? How far can the 2.93 GHz be overclocked?

 

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Hmmmm . . . 2.93 GHZ is $599 . . . 3.2 GHz is $1096?

Why a very big difference? How far can the 2.93 GHz be overclocked?

The 3.2Ghz version has a unlocked multiplier. the others are locked up.

 

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 true but I still don't see why they have such a big price jump bewteen the 920 and the 940. I would think that most anyone could acheive that difference with a easy oc on stock coolers.

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 true but I still don't see why they have such a big price jump bewteen the 920 and the 940. I would think that most anyone could acheive that difference with a easy oc on stock coolers.

It brings in a little extra money from people like RAID that have it to spend and helps pay of some of that R&D I guess. I would never spend it.

 Edit: The 920 and 940 sorry. No Idea.

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Drago replied on Mon, Nov 17 2008 12:55 AM

Well the other chips are also limited with a TDP lock on them so you cant overclock them but so far, while the ridiculously expensive one doesnt have those limitations.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Nov 17 2008 1:13 AM

lol from what I've heard the 2.66 can reach 3 gigs easy, so when I build one I think I'm going 2.66 liquid cooled (or maybe one of those liquid metal coolers WOOT) to 4gigs and a couple  1 or 2 gig 4870's on 6 gigs of ddr3 2000 and a 4 by 750 gig raid 5 setup.

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lol from what I've heard the 2.66 can reach 3 gigs easy, so when I build one I think I'm going 2.66 liquid cooled (or maybe one of those liquid metal coolers WOOT) to 4gigs and a couple  1 or 2 gig 4870's on 6 gigs of ddr3 2000 and a 4 by 750 gig raid 5 setup.

I think under water 4.0Ghz is not out of reach.

 

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Damn . . . unlocked multiplier . . . interesting.

I need to do more readings.

 

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 ISn't that what AMD did with their athlon 64's and the fx models. Or is the 920 and 940 completley locked like you can't lower it either?

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 ISn't that what AMD did with their athlon 64's and the fx models. Or is the 920 and 940 completley locked like you can't lower it either?

The 920 and 940 can be moved down. You can move each cpus multiplier individually.

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The unlocked multi is a huge benefit in terms of OC'ing ease. How nice it must be to be able to simply adjust a single variable to OC.

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The unlocked multi is a huge benefit in terms of OC'ing ease. How nice it must be to be able to simply adjust a single variable to OC.

You can do it on any motherboard to. Even the cheapest of boards. Not that someone with that much cash would skimp on the board.

 

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 well it looks like newegg is out of stock on the GigaByte extreme and the EVGA MB's already and pretty much completely out of stock on the triple channel memory kits. Surprising though they still have all 3 flavors of the i7 in stock. Who'da thunk the memory would be the first to go.

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 well it looks like newegg is out of stock on the GigaByte extreme and the EVGA MB's already and pretty much completely out of stock on the triple channel memory kits. Surprising though they still have all 3 flavors of the i7 in stock. Who'da thunk the memory would be the first to go.

You can always just buy 3 dual channel kits or 3 lone sticks.

 

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Nov 19 2008 10:47 AM

Yeah I'm waiting a few minutes on this one. I'll most likely seriously consider it after at least the first big electronics convention. When AMD drops there new parts Intel's main competition is going to be themselves on this one. But an added 2-3% in the negative area will add to that pain as well as the fact most that are going to upgrade to these right off the bat will jump on it as close to this starting gate as possible. This mean the MB prices will be stagnant or at least to the greater part soon. So MB prices will drop as well and we all know DDR3 prices drop slowly and steadily so it seems a win win win to me to wait at least to the middle/end of  january before I decide if I want in on this train. Also don't forget Intel and AMD both say they'll upgrade there product catalog mid 2009 as well. Intel's will be a drop in size AMD is said to be a size drop to but we'll see what they do. According to there last year or so track record that may be slightly or majorly delayed.

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 unfortunately there wasn't a whole lot of selection in the way of single sticks of the 1600 on newegg. I just thought it was interesting that the ram was the first to be sold out not the cpu's or MB's. I am not purchasing anything till atleast Jan now due to the move and christmas coming up.

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Yeah I'm waiting a few minutes on this one. I'll most likely seriously consider it after at least the first big electronics convention. When AMD drops there new parts Intel's main competition is going to be themselves on this one.

Maybe they can stick it to intel like they stuck it too Nvidia. Not likely looking at the numbers drago posted, but It can't hurt to wait.

 

 

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Drago replied on Thu, Nov 20 2008 1:30 AM

Yeah bob, i dont fully expect AMD's Phenom II to compete to well with Core i7, but more like beat the current Core2 Quad's and get closer to  the Core i7's.  AMD hurt nvidia by their priceing, and i surely bet they will do it again, which is good for all of us as if AMD has something that even if it isnt as fast as Core i7, but fast enough and affordable enough compared to what Intel has to offer, Intel will have to lower its prices even though they will likely not have direct competition in the speed area, they will have it in the power consumption area and the system build area.  AMD has a nice transition of platform lined up that works so nicely, their brand new chips will work in all AM2+ boards, and they will work in AM3 boards (except a special 2 chips) due to having both a DDR2 and DDR3 IMC.  Since AMD has cheaper motherboards and their cpu prices are low, and their gfx cards are very competitively priced, for the consumer it is a uber win for being able to get new tech real cheap, that sips power and runs cooler.  To commit to Core i7 means a plethora of new expensive items that in this economy is getting harder to come by justifying, not matter if it is faster or not.

I do hope that Intel will see what AMD has done with their transition and follow in kind for their next transition to make it easier on all of us computer junkies that want a nice upgrade path, so we can still play with the new stuff while saving up for more new stuff.  But hey if you got the money and Core i7 is what ya want go for it, just look at the other side of the fence to see what is offered though.  Prices will come down in time, but the more pressure AMD puts on Intel, the faster that will happen, just look what AMD did to Nvidia.

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