Strolling Through Lynnfield: Intel's New SuperFast SuperAffordable CPU! Part 3
Intel with the Core i X series has done the usual CPU marketing overkill. There are in my humble opinion way too many processors here, and the requirements of the marketplace could easily have been served with this lineup:
- Core i7 975 - 4 Cores With Hyper Threading, 3.33 GHz Processor With 8 MB Cache, on a Socket LGA 1366
- Core i7 950 - 4 Cores With Hyper Threading, 3.06 GHz Processor With 8 MB Cache, on a Socket LGA 1366
- Core i7 920 - 4 Cores With Hyper Threading, 2.66 GHz Processor With 8 MB Cache, on a Socket LGA 1366
- Core i7 870 - 4 Cores With Hyper Threading, 2.93 GHz Processor With 8 MB Cache, on a Socket LGA 1156
- Core i5 670 - 2 Cores With Hyper Threading, 3.46 GHz Processor With 4 MB Cache, on a Socket LGA 1156
- Core i5 650 - 2 Cores With Hyper Threading, 3.20 GHz Processor With 4 MB Cache, on a Socket LGA 1156
- Core i3 540 - 2 Cores With Hyper Threading, 3.06 GHz Processor With 4 MB Cache, on a Socket LGA 1156
After all, I still am waiting for an Intel aficionado or executive to explain to me why in the heck anyone would want to differentiate between a Core i5 660 and a Core i5 661, (it's an extra 33 MHz in the built-in graphic core... who really cares?) or why if the entire famn damly is equipped with the wonders of Hyper Threading the Core i5 750 is the black sheep of the family and is the only one which has had its Hyper Threading Circuits burned off.
Let's take a look at the unofficial 1,000 unit pricing for the new Core i X series processors:
- Core i7 975 - $970
- Core i7 960 - $545
- Core i7 950 - $545
- Core i7 920 - $275
- Core i7 870 - $545
- Core i7 860 - $275
- Core i5 750 - $192
- Core i5 670 - $275
- Core i5 661 - $192
- Core i5 660 - $192
- Core i5 650 - $172
- Core i3 540 - $139
- Core i3 530 - $119
Yes, pilgrims to the electronic Lourdes, Intel works in mysterious ways. I have never truly understood the logic of throwing so many SKUs into a marketplace that the differences between adjoining processors become so miniscule as to be completely pointless.
It's kind of like buying a car with a 2.0 litre engine for $20,000. But you can buy the exact same car with a 2.1 litre engine for $27,000 or go all the way up to a huge 2.2 litre engine for a mere $45,000! What the heck difference is that extra 100 or 200 cc going to make? Certainly nowhere near enough to justify the outrageous extra pricing.
That's what happens when you compare the Core i7 975 at $970 vs. the Core i7 960 at $545. For your extra $435, or 80% more, you get to experience a thrilling, exciting, breath taking, awe inspiring, and jaw dropping extra 130 MHz of speed, which adds up to a total extra performance difference of all of 4%. Whoopdee doo! 80% more money for 4% extra speed. Count me in! Hell, why don't you pack up a dozen to go? Oh my gawd...