WE’VE ALREADY DUG out some early Sandy Bridge pricing, but is seems like the floodwalls have opened and by now we have what’s hopefully going to be Intel’s launch pricing for its new series of desktop parts. This time we can offer you a top to bottom price list as well, including the S and T models as well as the Core i3’s and Pentium’s.
The leak is once again Chinese website Expreview, so we can’t swear that this s the actual launch prices in 1k quantities, but it seems to fall closely in line with the prices that were posted in Sweden on Monday once you add in the distributors and resellers margin. As per usual we’ll start from the bottom and work our way up. This means that the Pentium G620 is the cheapest of the lot at $64 while its low power G620T brother is a tad more expensive at $70. Jump up a step to the G840 and you’re looking at $75 and the next step up, the G850 will cost you $86.
The Core i3’s start with the $117 Core i3 2100 and again, its low power sibling is a tad more expensive at $127, while the third and final Core i3 model, the 2120 is priced at $138. These are all of the reasonably priced models and so far and none of them feature Turbo, something that Intel is keeping for its higher-end models. This takes us to the black sheep in the family for a lack of a better word, the Core i5 2390T which is a low power dual core Core i5 which doesn’t quite seem worth the $195 asking price, but it’s also the fastest 35W model.
Moving up in the ranks we have the rest of the Core i5’s – this time quad cores – starting with the 2300 priced at $177, followed by the $184 2400 model. The 65W 2400T carries a $15 price premium at $195, despite being 600MHz slower than the 95W 2400 model. The Core i5 2500 is next and it’s the first model that breaks the $200 barrier at $205. It has three more expensive siblings, all priced at the same $216 price point, namely the 2500K, 2600S and 2600T. This seems a little bit odd; as the prices are a little bit too close to each other here for this to make sense, so we might see some different pricing here.
Finally we have the Core i7 2600 models where the plain vanilla version costs $294, while the 2600K will go for $317 and the 2600S for $306. Considering the spread here, we’d expect a wide spread among the Core i5 2500 models as well, but it’s important to bear in mind that Intel’s list prices isn’t what their partner pays, nor is it what consumers pay, so there might be various other aspects that will affect the pricing here. It’s also not clear if the T and S models will be available to consumers or not. Judging by some listing on European price comparison site Geizhals, it looks like the T and S models will be available in boxed versions, but as the order code is missing, this isn’t set in stone.
Expreview is also listing availability dates and the Core i5’s and Core i7’s should hit retail around the 9th of January, followed by the core i3’s sometime around the 20th of February, the Pentium G620T on the 27th of February and finally the remaining Pentium models as late as sometime in Q2 next year. It makes sense that Intel wants to push its flagship products first, but it seems odd to launch the Pentium’s so far behind the rest of the models, although this might just be a matter of clearing out old inventory. Again, be aware that Expreview doesn’t always get it right, but they tend to have pretty good info on these kinds of things and it does sort of fit with the prices leaked earlier this week.S|A
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