Originally Posted by 1Kurgan1
What is with Intel and their pricing? I just can't justify it.
Intel does not want "justifiable" prices. It wants you to only buy one particular model, while overpricing the rest, and then coming up with a new, overpriced model, while slashing the price of the current overpriced model. Here's an example:
Intel wanted you to buy 65 nm Core 2 Duo chips even when E8400 arrived. So E8400 was priced $270. Later, it pushed E8400 to the $180 price point, and priced the the E8500 at $280. It now stands at E8600 being priced at $280, while E8500 and E8400 are pushed further inside. So, you are made to digest its inventories. If you want the best in the lineup, prepare to shell out more. Currently, Intel has three sweet spots drawn out:
Core i5 650 dual-core (3.20), priced at $176.
Core i5 750 quad-core (2.66), priced at $196. With HTT enabled, this chip would have you think twice before choosing i7 920, so they decided to disable it.
Core i7 920 quad-core (2.66), this chip is the shit, considering the next Lynnfield after i5 750, which is i7 860, is actually priced higher than this ($283).