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Intel Sandy Bridge Processors - i7 2600k $280, i5 2500k $180 microcenter B&M Available 1/9/11

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Last Edited by WhiteHawk January 11, 2011 at 08:43 AM
Intels latest and greatest Sandy Bridge processors at prices you'll only be able to find at microcenter: http://www.microcenter.com/storefronts/powerspec/index.html. As usual, must be bought in store, 1 per person. These processors are incredible and overclocking is a breeze.

i7 2600k (overclockable) - 4 core / 8 thread $369.99 - $90 instant in-store savings = $279.99
i7 2600 4 core / 8 thread $329.99 - $80 instant in-store savings = $249.99
i5 2500k (overclockable) - 4 core / 4 thread $249.99 - $70 instant in-store savings = $179.99 (Tom's Hardware 2011 Recommended Buy)
i5 2400 4 core / 4 thread $219.99 - $70 instant in-store savings = $149.99

Reviews:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/408...100-tested

http://www.tomshardware.com/revie...,2833.html

http://www.overclock3d.net/review...e_review/1

Notes:
These are all socket 1155 - you will need a new motherboard for these chips!
These are "mainstream" not "enthusiast" chips. From what I've gathered, its not much of an upgrade if you already have socket 1366 - more of a sidegrade. For everyone else, looks to be a big upgrade. That being said - look at the reviews above and see the i7 950 being outperformed in a bunch of tests. In fact, the 2600k is being compared to the 980x by some.
Enthusiast chips from Ivy Bridge should be released early 2012.
If you want to use more than 2 GPUs, you need a motherboard with an NF200 chip, which increases latency.

Edit: Added PDF file (thanks RANDALSW) as MC took down the advert
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Last Edited by hangon February 14, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Deal is now IN-STORE only
Prices are valid until January 30th
No more online reservations, no more shipping the processor.
Before you go, check stock online via Microcenter and select your local store.
Even if it shows out of stock, call the store and ask how many they have.
Some Microcenters may have wait lists.

Make the right choice for you
Buy the i5-2500k if you are into general computer use and gaming (most consumers).
Buy the i7-2600k if you do productivity work such as video editing, graphics processing, intensive calculations, etc.

Buy in a bundle to save more!
2500K Bundles are also available and a steal! See bottom of page: http://www.microcenter.com/storefronts/powerspec/index.html
with GA-P67A-UD3 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Motherboard 279.98 after $130 off
with P8P67 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Motherboard 299.98 after $140 off
with P8P67 PRO LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard 339.98 after $140 off





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