Intel has quietly released a new top-of-the-line Sandy Bridge CPU: Core i7-2700K. We reported the i7-2700K "leak" about a month ago, and guessed that i7-2700K will be released around the same time as AMD's Bulldozer CPUs, which ended being quite accurate. In terms of specs, 2700K is very similar to 2600K - the only difference is the extra CPU multiplier and hence the extra 100MHz in 2700K. That means 2700K has default frequency of 3.5GHz and up to 3.9GHz Turbo. Otherwise 2700K is equal to 2600K: Four cores, Hyper-Threading (up to eight threads) and 8MB L3 cache. Like the "K" implies, the CPU multiplier is unlocked, allowing effortless overclocking. Intel hasn't, however, added 2700K to their product database yet (aka ARK), so possible changes in stepping for example are unknown. 2700K is sold for $332 in 1000 unit lots, making it $15 more expensive than 2600K. 

On top of the launch of i7-2700K, Intel has also reduced the prices of three CPUs: i3-2120, Pentium G850 and G630. As the naming suggests, these CPUs are lower-end desktop models. The new prices are $117, $75 and $64 respectively. The price cuts range from 13% to 15%, the biggest cut being i3-2120's $21. 

Source: Intel

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  • qepsilonp - Monday, November 14, 2011 - link

    Also you have got to remember that AMD is still paying back the debts from trying to compete with Intel from the 64 bit series they took a gamble that people would realize they were better and move hole sale to them. didn't work out and thats why bulldozer was 2 years late. Reply
  • xcomvic - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    1100t on my Crosshair V, was waiting for the release of the "earth-crushing" Bulldozer... I am a very sad panda (and no not a reference to the next super awesome WoW expansion(sarcasm))

    I would be very interested in seeing a 2500k price reduction to around $150-%175 :) AMD Fanboy I will not be anymore.
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  • C'DaleRider - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    Find someone who has a Microcenter nearby.....2500k's $179 every day, all day long. Reply
  • dgingeri - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    It's frequently even reduced to $149. Reply
  • LancerVI - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    Hey!!!! Sexual harassment panda!!!! Sing the song! Sing the song!! Reply
  • ANobody - Monday, October 31, 2011 - link

    You're not alone, I first heard about bulldozer on some random inter company type website around late 2006ish I think, and ever sense I've been patiently waiting to upgrade from my phenom I 2.6 GHz quad core. Well after reading the reviews and initial performance of the bulldozer chips I've finally had enough. I bought a 2500k chip, mobo, and ddr3 ram a couple nights ago, should be here tomorrow. I'm sick and tired of waiting around for what might be. I think I'll buy by what I see here and now from now on. I'll still wait on stuff in the short term but that's about it. By the way I've been an AMD fan hopeful sense my first computer a 1.8 GHz cpu p4 had almost no upgrade ability. The price of the current sandy bridge cpus is just to hard to ignore now.

    So I'm jumping up from a phenom I 2.6 to an i7 2500k hopefully 4.8 Ghz cpu.
    Reply
  • Manabu - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    No VT-d support, no price cut for i5 2500k nor i7 2600k... thank you AMD.. Reply
  • bupkus - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    I'm still using my AMD 635 Athlon 2 X4 desktop with my RADEON 4850. It's still doing pretty good. I have a SB i3-2100 for my HTPC. I may build a new desktop with IB or wait until Haswell. I'm in no hurry.
    I still like my X4.
    Reply
  • BSMonitor - Thursday, October 27, 2011 - link

    Hate when people tell us "how well" there old computer is doing..... Reply
  • Leyawiin - Saturday, October 29, 2011 - link

    But dammit my 500 Mhz Celeron from 99 still kicks butt in Diablo II! Reply

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