The Roadmap & Pricing

I’ve defined the launch parts earlier in this article, but now I’m going to put them in perspective. When Intel provides its partners with roadmaps it also provides them with an idea of where future CPUs slot into various segments/price points. For example, Intel’s LGA-1366 roadmap tell us that in the “Extreme” market segment Intel only has a single product offering: the Core i7 980X. And in Q1 2011 the 980X gets replaced by the 990X.

Usually based on this information you can get a general idea of how much future products will cost - or at least what they will be comparable to. In this example the 990X will most likely be priced at whatever the 980X is priced at. Products may change, but the price people are willing to pay in a certain market segment usually doesn’t.

What we have below is the Intel roadmap, with Sandy Bridge included, for Q3 2010 through Q3 2011. The further out you go in a roadmap the lower your accuracy becomes, so I wouldn’t worry too much about us not seeing LGA-2011 on there yet.

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It’s based on this roadmap that I mentioned some pricing earlier. If all stays the same, the Core i7 2600K will take the place of the Core i7 950, currently priced at $562. The 2600 will fit somewhere around the 680 and 875K ($342) and the 2500K will replace the i5 760/655K ($205 - $216).

The cheapest Sandy Bridge at launch will be the Core i3 2100, which will replace the i3 560 at around $138.

Now pricing is always a huge variable, but I have to say, based on the performance you’re about to see - these parts would be priced right.

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  • Anand Lal Shimpi - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    I don't believe any of these apps have AVX support, they're all too old for that.

    Take care,
  • ESetter - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    Thank you for the quick answer. It would be great to include some software with AVX support in the full review, when Sandy Bridge launches. Probably the Intel Math Kernel Library will be updated in time. Reply
  • darckhart - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    1. i'd like to see some temp numbers. along with, does intel stock hsf actually do the job here? (which they have been getting better at really)

    2. i didnt see anything about accelerated hd video playback using the on die gpu?

    3. sure these cpu look great from price point performance gain....until you realize you need a full platform upgrade to go along with it...which if we assume mainstream mobo around the 100$ mark and ram to match since they're taking away the bclk deal... and every 2 yrs is a bit too soon for full platform upgrade imo.

    4. hardware virtualization parts? i know the current i3 vs i5/7 chips had some stuff disabled. will these SB chips follow the same profile?

    5. mobile versions? we know the mobile ones are usually cut back to fit low tdp profile. will the same cuts apply like the current mobile i3/i5 parts (eg, no real quad core parts)? otoh, what about the quad core mobiles? the current i7 mobile quads are laughable at their performance and heat output (i'm looking at you first gen hp envy). do you think these SB quad mobiles will actually be decent?
  • DanNeely - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    Wikipedia lists both 2 and 4 core mobile parts. Not definative but they generally do a good job of keeping up with the latest leaks for things like this.
  • hamitaltintop22 - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    I hope there is a price drop for the i5 750 to around $150 when this comes out or i7 920 to $200 (no microcenter here). Reply
  • DesktopMan - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    I'm not sure about this, but I seem to recall having read that aes-ni instructions use the GPU, at least partially. Makes sense as the gpu is excellent at parallel tasks. If this is the case, would the 6 EU part perform differently than the 12 EU part at AES?

    Any news on when the inevitable Q67 would launch? I guess it's likely that Q67 will use AMT 6.0 as it was a pretty recent upgrade.

    With sata III support at launch you'd imagine they'd also support sata III on their gen 3 SSDs. Time will tell I guess.
  • overclocking101 - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    wow bummer. welcome to the end of intel Bus speed overclocking. I will not be adapting the new sockets unless something happens and intel changes their minds. overclocking is not as easy as switching multiplyers even EE cpu's of nowadays show that. 90% of the high overclocks with EE cpus show that a mixture of multi and bus speed is needed. i sense though that with the higher end socket intel will allow it. if not i think its a very bad move on their part. Reply
  • starfalcon - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    I don't think any of the sandy bridge graphics will be able to get to GT 240 levels.
    This one trades blows with the 5450 as we can see, and just looking at 3DMark06 scores the 5450 scores about 3500 or so, while the GT 240 does maybe 9000 or 10000.
    If the more powerful sandy bridge graphics can get up to 4000 or 5000 or so that would be great, that would be beating the 9400 GT and closing in on the 9500 GT, not getting to GT 240 levels though. Wonder what the next integrated graphics after this will be like.
  • TETRONG - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    I take it this means it will soon be the optimum time to purchase current-gen technology at significantly reduced prices?

    Just wanting to build a no nonsense system at slightly below the current price/performance sweet-spot.

    Seems Intel are only interested in toying with consumers.
    They've wasted die space that could've been used for a more capable CPU. How many years have we been chained under 4Ghz frequency? 5 years or so?
    Nine women can't make a baby in one month! Not every problem is parallelizable - we need greater frequencies/efficiencies.

    Now they are locking processors and playing games with the sockets. No USB 3.0!!?

    Garbage, No Thanks!!!

    Seems you are giving them a free pass Anand. Very convenient timing to steal AMD's thunder, eh!

    I love you man - big fan since the beginning, but you should read Scott Wasson over at Tech Report. Those value scatterplots are very helpful to me - these regurgitated press releases, not so much.


    To be so harsh, but we deserve better than these kiddie chips!
    Only you can hold them accountable for these failures of imagination.
  • wyvernknight - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    I am a bit disappointed. Seems like since intel is wiping the floor with AMD, decided it was OK to screw us all over with this socket thing. I will still buy an intel processor if AMD has no cards to play, but i wont be pleased. Reply

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