Unlike's NVIDIA's latest and greatest GPU, Intel's newly minted Ivy Bridge chips are in stock and now available to purchase in the retail sector. There are two new generation Core i7 desktop parts showing up online:
- Core i7 3770K (3.5GHz - 3.9GHz, 8MB L3 cache, Intel HD Graphics 4000): $350
- Core i7 3770 (3.4GHz - 3.9Ghz, 8MB L3 cache, Intel HD Graphics 4000): $320
For those of you on a lesser budget and/or with lower power needs, there are also three Core i5 variants available to purchase:
- Core i5 3570K (3.4GHz - 3.8GHz, 6MB L3 cache, Intel HD Graphics 4000): $250
- Core i5 3550 (3.3GHz - 3.7GHz, 6MB L3 cache, Intel HD Graphics 4000): $220
- Core i5 3450 (3.1GHz - 3.5GHz, 6MB L3 cache, Intel HD Graphics 2500): $200
The Core i5 3550 may emerge as the sweet spot since it has the higher end graphics core and is only $20 more than the Core i5 3450, which is saddled with Intel HD Graphics 2500. In making your decision, note that there are just two unlocked K series processors, which could be a factor if you plan to overclock.