LGA1156 CPU and motherboards consumer prices revealed

We have known the 1k prices Intel is charging for a while now, so these prices should come as no surprises.

On the CPU front, we have the Core i5 750, priced at $209, clocking in at 2.66 GHz. Core i7 860, 2.80 GHz at $299, and Core i7 870, 2.93 GHz at $579. All three CPUs are based on the Lynnfield core, with 8MB L3 cache, 95W TDP, fitting into the LGA1156 socket. The main difference between the Core i5 and Core i7 models is the lack of HyperThreading SMT on the Core i5 750.

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We have known the 1k prices Intel is charging for a while now, so these
prices should come as no surprise.

On the CPU front, we have the Core i5 750, priced at $209, clocking in
at 2.66 GHz. Core i7 860, 2.80 GHz at $299, and Core i7 870, 2.93 GHz at
$579. All three CPUs are based on the Lynnfield core, with 8MB L3
cache, 95W TDP, fitting into the LGA1156 socket. The main difference
between the Core i5 and Core i7 models is the lack of HyperThreading SMT
on the Core i5 750.

The Core i5 750 will be a strong contender for the top end AMD Phenom II
X4 models, and will surely lead to price cuts for the AMD CPUs. The
sweet spot, however, is expected to be the Core i7 860, retailing for
$299. It may be priced above the Core i7 920, but the platform costs
will be cheaper, thanks to the much more affordable P55 motherboards.
Performance will be similar, with certain single threaded applications
ending up faster, due to a higher clock speed and improved Turbo
Boost. Power consumption will be much improved, as the 95W TDP suggest
(vs. 130W for the 920). The important advantage over the Core i5 is the HT, thus 8
threads. The top of the line Core i7 870 features a
minor bump of 0.13 GHz, but no further features over the 860, yet costing
nearly twice as much. The Core i7 950, clocked higher at 3.06 GHz ends up slightly cheaper.

There is plenty of choice in the motherboard market. Starting at the
entry-level, the notable boards are MSI P55-CD53 ($119.99), ASUS  P7P55D
LE ($134.99), Gigabyte P55-UD3R ($139.99), and Biostar TP55 ($119.99).
Performance products such as the Gigabyte P55-UD4P will set you back
between $150 and $200. Finally, we have the enthusiast boards, led by
ASUS Maximus III Formula ($249.99), Gigabyte P55-UD6 ($249.99), and EVGA
P55 FTW ($229.99).

After a long, long wait, Nehalem finally comes to the mainstream. The Core i5 750, especially, and the Core i7 860 are expected to be hot sellers. Consumers can also look forward to prices cuts from AMD.

Reference: techPowerUp!

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