Monday, October 31st 2011

Sandy Bridge-E and X79 Motherboards Listed on Chinese Stores

A couple of weeks ahead of its worldwide launch, Intel's much talked about "Sandy Bridge-E" Core i7 processors and compatible motherboards are beginning to surface on an online store in China. Listings include all three of the Core i7 LGA2011 processors Intel will launch in November, that includes the quad-core Core i7-3820, six-core Core i7-3930K and six-core Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition (details on the three here. Apart from these, a few compatible motherboards such as the ASUS ROG Rampage IV Extreme and MSI X79A-GD65 8D, were also listed.

Before getting into the pricing, it's important to note that prices of components in mainland China, in general, are more or less consistent with those in the US. The top-of-the-line Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition is priced at RMB ¥7,800 (converts to US $1,227). The next best LGA2011 offering, Core i7-3930K, is priced at ¥5,800 (US $912). The most afforable of the three, Core i7-3820, goes for ¥3,500 (US $550).

VR-Zone comments that at a first glance, these prices seem way off from the earlier speculated prices of around $300 for the i7-3820, ~$583 of i7-3930K, and ~$999 of i7-3960X Extreme Edition. Perhaps noting that AMD's FX processors didn't quite dent the performance processor segment, Intel is flexing its prices for the HEDT (high-end desktop) segment. If worldwide prices of these chips are anywhere close to where the Chinese are putting it, then a lineup of $550, $999, and $1200 chips is looking more likely. Then again, logic dictates that pre-release pricing is unreliable because it gives vendors the ability to make a quick buck out of pre-release orders.

Moving on to compatible motherboards, the same site is putting ASUS' top-end gamer-overclocker segment offering, the Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Extreme, at ¥5,990 (US $942), and MSI X79A-GD65 8D at ¥2,990 ($420). Again, these prices seem way off. Some European retailers are pre-listing ASRock X79 Extreme4 for as low as €192.40 ($268) and Intel Desktop Board Extreme DX79SI for €266.33 ($372).Source: VR-Zone
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36 Comments on Sandy Bridge-E and X79 Motherboards Listed on Chinese Stores

#1
Huddo93
:O I am honestly hoping these prices are not true.

I was hoping for the i7 -3930k to be down around $550, not $900+
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#3
HTC
by: btarunr
VR-Zone comments that at a first glance, these prices seem way off from the earlier speculated prices of around $300 for the i7-3820, ~$583 of i7-3930K, and ~$999 of i7-3960X Extreme Edition. Perhaps noting that AMD's FX processors didn't quite dent the performance processor segment, Intel is flexing its prices for the HEDT (high-end desktop) segment. If worldwide prices of these chips are anywhere close to where the Chinese are putting it, then a lineup of $550, $999, and $1200 chips is looking more likely. Then again, logic dictates that pre-release pricing is unreliable because it gives vendors the ability to make a quick buck out of pre-release orders.

Moving on to compatible motherboards, the same site is putting ASUS' top-end gamer-overclocker segment offering, the Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Extreme, at ¥5,990 (US $942), and MSI X79A-GD65 8D at ¥2,990 ($420). Again, these prices seem way off. Some European retailers are pre-listing ASRock X79 Extreme4 for as low as €192.40 ($268) and Intel Desktop Board Extreme DX79SI for €266.33 ($372).

Source: VR-Zone
If true, it just goes to show how a dominant company can inflate it's prices: this is why competition is good for the consumers.

What makes me think it's not true is the board prices. I know Asus is usually more expensive then the rest but over $900? Come on!!!!
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#4
dieterd
that is true and that is only AMD's fault. because we all know how cometitive the mighty Bulldozer is...I will never buy AMD CPU, but AMD will make me pay lot more than I should :(
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#5
Sinzia
I'm hoping those prices are off, otherwise I'll stay with my 2600k.
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#6
ensabrenoir
bigfoot and Elvis was there....

900 for a board.....yeah that's believeble. if you really want to be 1rst and your epeen demands it ....sure pay more. Waiting for some. One to post their preorder.:shadedshu

Sb was a steal don't see intel doing a 180 that quick prob just some site out for fools with trust funds.
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#7
Hayder_Master
If this prices are true, i think the most will be go with 1155
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#8
buggalugs
Seems a little high to me. Intels biggest competition is their own 2600k/2700k. I think it will be more like $380-$560-$999
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#9
SteelSix
Seems the good news then is that parts are ready for a November launch. :toast:

On pricing, looks like a douche site trying to make an early buck. Me hopes..
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#10
Huddo93
by: buggalugs
Seems a little high to me. Intels biggest competition is their own 2600k/2700k. I think it will be more like $380-$560-$999
I really hope that this will be the prices we end up with! If not I will definitely be going with a 2600k.

Truly a kick in the balls to what I was hoping for (Intel -->):nutkick:(<--Me)
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#11
Marv
This seems to be nothing more than a retailer trying to make a quick buck from those who must have LGA2011 before anyone else, and almost certainly have more money than sense.

Intel have not yet been foolish enough to exploit their superiority to the extent of massive price hikes for a few reasons:
1. AMD aren't that far behind...
2. Raising the price would mean a drop in new PC sales (given that the majority are Intel based) to the extent that it's unlikely that the price rise would cover the sales volume fall.
3. Given high prices for long enough would attract new blood into the arena, and Intel would not want to risk more competition.
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#12
lilhasselhoffer
Sweet crispy Jebus!


I know the article forewarns that the prices are likely artificially inflated... but seriously? Intel is releasing a new chip, with the Ivy Bridge being only months away from hitting the market. The SB-e chips are known to have a hardware defect that will make virtualization impossible unless it's done through software. The TDP of SB-e is substantial, so much so that even Intel is recommending a water cooler right out of the box. All of these caveats, and they might be a grand for the first chip to come anywhere near being an upgrade from a 2600k (or 2700k) for 99% of consumers (I assumer if you're in these pricing eschelons you'll go for the extreme processor sooner than the k version)?!?


Here's to the hope that China produces crap, just like usual. I for one will never put my money down on something above $600, when the next step in Intel's development is only a couple of months away. Hopefully Intel feels the same and realizes that this kind of pricing is absolutely insane. Hopefully.
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#13
TheLostSwede
Go read the full article at the source, European pricing is just as high, if not higher...
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#15
BrooksyX
I hope they arnt that high but either way ill be sticking to my 2500k and 6870 for the next couple years. Can't afford to upgrade nor do I really need to.
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#16
15th Warlock
by: btarunr

Before getting into the pricing, it's important to note that prices of components in mainland China, in general, are more or less consistent with those in the US.
I had to read this paragraph three times to make sure I wasn't getting it wrong, altough the prices for SB-E and X79 boards may end up being higher than expected due to lack of competition, we all know that e-trailers, specially in Europe and Asia are known for scalping costumers with preorder prices for sought after electronic components, I highly doubt the prices quoted in this article are indicative of final prices in the US, and would take this news with a huge bucket of salt... Speculation much? :p

Having said that, any fool willing to pay $942 for a desktop grade board deserves nothing but to have his DNA removed from humanity's gene pool :shadedshu
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#17
the54thvoid
Hmm...

I've read one post blaming AMD for this price because BD isn't competitive enough. Yes, right, blame the competition for not being good enough. Utter nonsense.

Intel will charge this because they do for their extreme platform. That being said i don't believe release prices will be anywhere near this high.

If the release prices are this high then good luck to the fool that buys now. We've yet to see any benches but the price premium doesn't reflect the performance increase (it can't be 5 x better than SB - given board and cpu price).

Well, i'm quite content i stashed my 2k away for an insane IB rig sometime next spring. Unless AMD's 7 series gfx is disgustingly awesome and Piledriver isn't drivel, maybe i'd go AMD?

But SB-E, no thanks.
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#18
Zubasa
by: Huddo93
:O I am honestly hoping these prices are not true.

I was hoping for the i7 -3930k to be down around $550, not $900+
Its SandyBridge-E and E is for extreme/enthusiast, Intel's extreme processor price have always been $900+ on release usually $999.

by: dieterd
that is true and that is only AMD's fault. because we all know how cometitive the mighty Bulldozer is...I will never buy AMD CPU, but AMD will make me pay lot more than I should :(
If AMD is competitive in the high end, it just means $1000 procs from both sides just like old days.
Blame Intel for their own pricing.
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#19
n-ster
I'm not worried about theses being the real prices, it is obvious the site is trying to make a quick buck
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#20
20mmrain
Those prices are ridiculous!!!! If those prices are real I will be sticking with the i7 2600K for sure..... ALl I can say is Intel is shooting themselves in the foot with this one..... In a recession they are trying to charge $500 Bucks for their Non- Unlocked Enthusiast CPU. $1000 for the Unlocked version and Over that for the Extreme (Of course the last one I expected) There isn't any reason for that!!!!

I work for a place that already has these CPU's.... While NDA isn't gone yet.... I will ask our sales department tonight and check to see if this is true..... For those who don't believe me as a Matter of fact I have seen these already in action! I can tell you the Xeon E5 2670 8/16 2.6 Ghz CPU is freaking awesome.
But Like I said I saw Intel's pricing sheet on the salesman's desk I should've asked what their pricing is already.... I will do that tonight.
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#21
Delta6326
HAHAHA, I always get a good laugh out of all this pre hype, You never know the real true price till they have officially come out or its on newegg;)
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#22
leghmoh
Too expensive :banghead: I'll stay with X58 it still doing good for me.
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#23
WarraWarra
So what is the big deal ?
I posted last week already in the EVGA SR3 prices for the Sandy-E cpu's in UK, Australia and Canada.

23 Oct 2011
http://www.techpowerup.com/153916/EVGA-SR3-Super-Record-3-Motherboard-Pictured.html?cp=3#comments

code:
The BX80619I73960X is running at AU $1477
http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/180594/CPU_SOCKET_LGA2011/Intel/BX80619I73960X.asp

CAN $644.57 i7-3930K
CAN $1,135.48 i7-3960X
http://www.pccanada.com/viewitem.asp?id=36409

GBP £695.75 £834.90 inc. VAT
http://www.lambda-tek.com/BX80619I73960X-Intel-Core-i7-3960X-3-30GHz-15MB-64Bit-SR0G~cs/2320804

AU $707.30 3930K
AU $1254 3960X
http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/products/1662/


code:
Type CPU / Microprocessor
Market segment Desktop
Family Intel Core i7
Model number ? i7-3930K
CPU part numbers CM8061901100802 is an OEM/tray microprocessor
BX80619I73930K is a boxed microprocessor
Frequency (MHz) ? 3200
Turbo frequency (MHz) 3800
Package 2011-land Flip-Chip Land Grid Array
Socket Socket 2011 (LGA2011)
Estimated release date November 2011
Price at introduction $583


code:
Type CPU / Microprocessor
Market segment Desktop
Family Intel Core i7
Model number ? i7-3820
CPU part number i7-3820 is an OEM/tray microprocessor
Frequency (MHz) ? 3600
Turbo frequency (MHz) 3900
Package 2011-land Flip-Chip Land Grid Array
Socket Socket 2011 (LGA2011)
Estimated release date 4th quarter 2011
Price at introduction $294
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#24
_JP_
That's...expensive...I guess...
With these prices, people that want/need multi-thread power and don't want a huge hole in their wallets will be forced to buy AMD's FX instead of SB-E. Seems like AMD is going to be fine.
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#25
n-ster
Why are people taking this seriously? If someone decides to do pre-orders for a 7650 at 600$, does that mean that the AMD HD 7650 will be 600$? People gotta chillax

And no, AMD FX won't do much better because SB-E would be too expensive, as it competes with lga 1155 not 2011
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