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Chances that i7 970 will price drop?
01-01-2011, 03:52 AM, (This post was last modified: 01-01-2011, 05:58 AM by AncientTree.)
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Chances that i7 970 will price drop?
Well, I was wondering that since the 1366 socket is pretty much dead in the water after January 9th when the 1155 out, will the prices go down for the hexa-cores (basically just the 970 and 980X, maybe a 990 will come out in a few months) a few months after Sandy Bridge is out?

I know officially that the LGA 1155 is only set to replace LGA 1156, but it looks like based on leaks and rumors that Sandy Bridge is at least 15% better than the Bloomsfields clock vs clock. Now this isn't enough of a boost to warrant from upgrading my current 950, so I have an interest in the hex cores over having to buy a new mobo + cpu if/when I want an upgrade. Plus I'm sure that in Folding, the hexa -cores will still be superior to anything else until LGA2011(Ivy Bridge) comes out.

I also know that no one really can say, but I am asking for educated guesses based on the previous generational shifts in sockets.
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01-01-2011, 10:01 AM,
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RE: Chances that i7 970 will price drop?
There will be no six core LGA 1155 processors, I find it unlikely that the 970 will drop in price. Intel has not done price drops on dated products in the past, take a look at the Core 2 Quads that are still over $300.

Since the new Sandy Bridge processors really won't compete with the i7 970 they have no reason to drop price, until AMD rolls Bulldozer out which may change things.
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01-01-2011, 05:48 PM,
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RE: Chances that i7 970 will price drop?
Well, that sucks.

I hope AMD does a good job with their new architecture then.
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01-04-2011, 02:21 AM,
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RE: Chances that i7 970 will price drop?
(01-01-2011, 10:01 AM)Andrew J Wrote: There will be no six core LGA 1155 processors, I find it unlikely that the 970 will drop in price. Intel has not done price drops on dated products in the past, take a look at the Core 2 Quads that are still over $300.

Since the new Sandy Bridge processors really won't compete with the i7 970 they have no reason to drop price, until AMD rolls Bulldozer out which may change things.

I actually read that there will be hexa-core LGA1155 CPUs, just not until Q4 2011 (Right when LGA2011 Ivy Bridge launch, I'm 99% sure.).

The reason that this is happening, in my opinion, is due to lack of competition (quad-core SB outperforms the 6-core AMD Thuban in about anything) and marketing:

Six-core CPUs remain exclusive to the LGA1366 on Intel's consumer platforms. 6-core is exactly what marketing will push for. The "average Joe" will think that a LGA-1366 hexa-core is much better than a quad-core LGA1155, when really, it isn't.

This is not due to the inability of Intel to release an hexa-core LGA-1155 CPU. I mean, they've done it with the 970-980X and can certainly do it now. But why do that, when you can sell $900 and $1000 dollars CPUs?

It really is just a lack of competition and Intel's marketing department working hard to take advantage of the lack of competition to suck every dollar out of the dollar.

Intel at its best: It is a corporation after all. Its sole purpose is to make money.

So in short: Nope, I don't see the i7-970 dropping in price, at least not much, until either Q4 when Intel releasing six-core LGA-1155 CPUs and/or Ivy Bridge and/or unexpected competition from AMD.

Ahhh, do I miss the good old days when AMD were competitive. Not that I particularly like them or that I'm a fanboy of them. It's just that good competition brings out the best out of companies (Look at what Intel released after AMD dropped the Athlon 64 bomb on them: The Core 2 Duo CPUs) and drives prices down for us.
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