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Oct 24, 2011

Intel Lowers Prices of Three Sandy Bridge CPUs

Intel has today published an updated price list for its Sandy Bridge processors and, apart from the introduction of the new Core i7-2700K, this also announced lower prices for three of the company's current CPUs.

The chips in question are the Pentium G630, Pentium G850, and Core i3-2120 models, all with two processing cores and a 65 Watt TDP.

Thanks to the price cuts operated by Intel, the Pentium G630 has now went to the level of the Pentium G620 as it retails for $64 (about 46 Euros), down $11 from its previous $75 (54 Euros) MSRP, while the Pentium G850 has went to the level of its smaller sibling, the G840, since is now priced at $75 US.

As far as the Core i3-2120 is concerned, Intel has opted to drop its price down from $138 to $117 (99.5 vs. 84 Euros) which makes it just as expensive as the Core i3-2100, reports CPU-World.

More powerful processors were not affected by these price cuts as Intel has no reason for changing them considering the week performance of AMD's FX-Series processors based on the Bulldozer architecture.

In fact, it appears that retailers have even increased the prices of some Sandy Bridge processors that go head to head with AMD's FX-8150 processor, as we reported just the last week.

The list of CPUs affected by these price hikes includes the Core i5-2400, i5-2500K and i7-2600K, the latter going up almost 9% since the introduction of Bulldozer.

This change cannot be explained by the fluctuations in the USD vs. EUR exchange rate, since these would have caused the chips to be cheaper by a few percent.

Furthermore, Intel will apparently keep this trend in the near future as the recently launched Core i7-2700K is priced higher than the Core i7-2600K is meant to replace. 

Intel has rarely taken this sort of decision as usually the new high-end parts come at the same MSRP as the chips they are meant to take the place of in the company's CPU lineup.


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