Intel’s second six-core CPU has hit UK e-tail, in a rather silent manner. Core i7-970 is clocked at 3.2GHz – 133 MHz lower than the Core i7-980X – and features a locked multiplier. It is available at Digital-Fusion for £706, or £600 without VAT, which is $922. It is expected to retail in the USA for $885.


Intel’s second six-core CPU has hit UK e-tail, in a rather silent
manner. Core i7 970 is clocked at 3.2 GHz – 133 MHz lower than the Core
i7 980X – and features a locked multiplier. It is available at
Digital-Fusion for £706, or £600 without VAT, which is $922. It is
expected to retail in the USA for $885.

Initial expectations and history suggested that the first non-Extreme variant of an Extreme CPU fits into the $560 price level. The same was expected for the Core i7 970 – finally making it available to slightly broader userbase. However, Intel intends to keep Gulftown an exclusive CPU. The $885 price does seem a bit excessive, though. Surely, an enthusiast spending $900 on a CPU will pay the extra $100 and get the faster, unlocked multiplier Extreme Edition 980X?

The Core i7 970 has been expected to release in “Mid-July” for a while, and we should see more (r)etailers listing the i7 970 in the next few days.

Reference: TCMagazine