Intel launches Core i7 960

Expreview reports the rather quiet introduction of Intel’s fastest non-Extreme CPU – the Core i7 960. It is a direct replacement for the Core i7 950, and takes over the $562 price point, shared with the Core i7 870.

The Core i7 960 is clocked at 3.2 GHz, the same as the previous flagship Core i7 965 Extreme. The Intel flagship is of course the Core i7 975 Extreme, clocked at 3.33 GHz, retailing for $999.

If you are in the market for an enthusiast CPU around the $562, do you choose the Core i7 960 or the Core i7 870?


Expreview reports the rather quiet introduction of Intel’s fastest
non-Extreme CPU – the Core i7 960. It is a direct replacement for the
Core i7 950, and takes over the $562 price point, shared with the Core
i7 870.

The Core i7 960 is clocked at 3.2 GHz, the same as the previous flagship
Core i7 965 Extreme. The Intel flagship is of course the Core i7 975
Extreme, clocked at 3.33 GHz, retailing for $999.

If you are in the market for an enthusiast CPU around the $562, do you
choose the Core i7 960 or the Core i7 870?

The 960 is the faster CPU, no doubt, though the Core i7 870 offers you a cheaper platform (P55), more aggressive Turbo mode and better power consumption. On the other hand, the X58 platform of the 960 offers you an upgrade path to Intel’s six-core Core i9 Gulftown CPUs releasing H1 2010. Regardless, the $283 Core i7 860 is the best deal – nearly as fast as the 870 (only a 0.13 GHz downclock) for nearly half the price.

Reference: Expreview

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