CONSIDERING WE‘RE STILL about a month and a half from Intel’s Sandy Bridge launch, we’re surprised to see that the pricing has already leaked, courtesy of a Swedish online retailer. The best part of the new is that the overclockable K models are only slightly more expensive than the non K models, something which should be good news for those wanting to try their luck at overclocking their new Sandy Bridge setup.
Bear in mind that Sweden charges 25 percent VAT/sales tax and as such the prices aren’t indicative of what Intel’s pricing will be in other countries and the fact that this might very well not be the official pricing. Sweclockers noticed that some models have been removed from the website of Multitronic after they posted their story about the pricing, although four out of the six models were listed at the time of this writing.
So, starting from the bottom we have the Core i5 2300 which is a 2.8GHz which is priced at SEK 1964 or $284, remove the VAT and you’re looking at $227. That makes the Core i5 2300 $11 more expensive than the the current Core i5 760 from the same company, with the latter being clocked at the same speed, although it features 8MB of cache instead of the 6MB of the core i5 Sandy Bridge models.
Next up we have the Core i5 2400 which is a 3.1GHz part with a price of SEK 2039 or $295 with VAT and about $236 without. Then we have the 3.3GHz Core i5 2500 at SEK 2221 or $321 with VAT or about $257 without. This brings us to the first K model, the 3.3GHz Core i5 2500K which is priced only slightly higher than its non K sibling at SEK 2328 or $337 with VAT or about $270 without.
Then we have the Core i7 models, both of which features Hyper Threading and of which the first one is the 3.4GHz Core i7 2600 which is priced a bit steeper at SEK 3141 or $454 with VAT or $363 without. The Core i7 2600K is again only slightly more expensive at SEK 3350 or $484 with VAT or $387 without. Sure, it’s still about a $24 price difference, but it’s far less than Intel could’ve charged for an unlocked processor and the difference for the Core i5 model is even less with a price premium of only about $13.
The Core i7 models are no longer listed on Multitronic, but the Core i5 models are still to be found. It’s worth noting that Intel’s LGA-1156 Core i7 models with Hyper Threading are cheaper than the LGA-1155 models by a fair margin, although the fastest one is clocked 470MHz slower, so whether or not this is a sensible upgrade path is something you’re going to have to wait to find out in our review of the Sandy Bridge platform which will be available at launch.S|A
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