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

WhiteHawk 102 January 5, 2011 at 10:12 AM in Computers (15) More Micro Center Deals
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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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#751
Quote from ChristianM19 View Post :
Your in-store reservation is ready at ยป
655 Merrick Avenue | Westbury, NY 11590 | (516)683-6760
YOUR RESERVATION RECEIVED: 7:34 AM on Jan 9 2011
YOUR RESERVATION CONFIRMED: 9:06 AM on Jan 9 2011

Store opened at 11am and it's 1:12pm right now. By the way, Go Jets!
Lool I just walked out the store with my reservation and a sticker on the motherboard with my name on it.
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#752
I ordered online this morning for store pickup........ I didn't receive any confirmation but wanted to be at the store before it opened at 11:00am.

Got there 10 minutes before it opened and two people were in line waiting; of course all wanting a Sandy Bridge processor. At 11:00am a lot more people, but everyone was civil and proceeded in the order we stood at the door to the CPU's.

Turned out that Sharonville Micro Center had canceled all the online pickups to give people at opening priority. Looks like it is really up to the individual store on what they do (Do you want to make the crowd angry outside your door or the people at home on their computers?)

I purchased a 2600k and the assistant indicated that they have 6 in stock and around 20 of the 2500k; so I don't expect the stock to last very long.
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#753
A little surprised that there are lots of 2400's left at $149. It's the biggest discounted chip percentage wise and you still can get a 12% overclock on it. [anandtech.com] You can also under-volt it for HTPC use.

Too bad Fry's sucks now... on the other hand New Egg does have some good discounts on a few CPU-mobo combos.

2500K is out of stock on Amazon at $232.42.. Actually, now all non S versions are OOS.
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Anyone got a shipping email for those that actually took the risk?
Got confirmation back at 9:11 CST for 2500k-P8P67 at bundle price via web order using 2 day delivery. Started to reserve for in-store pickup but weather had started worsening and I was more worried the 4 hour RT drive would become an overnight stay.

First post - had been following this via MC emails and then saw it here after ordering this AM.
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#755
Wow my pickup order for the Tustin store got canceled....
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Quote from 1dc View Post :
Got confirmation back at 9:11 CST for 2500k-P8P67 at bundle price via web order using 2 day delivery. Started to reserve for in-store pickup but weather had started worsening and I was more worried the 4 hour RT drive would become an overnight stay.

First post - had been following this via MC emails and then saw it here after ordering this AM.
What store was this? It sucks to be in the valley. That store in NE Ohia has everything in stock 12 different Mobos available. The Silicon Valley store has only 4 motherboards available!
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#757
Came to MC to return the SSD i bought last week and lo and behold, got the last 2500k at Tustin, CA and ASUS pro combo. They still have around more than 80 of 2600K (according to their computer). May or maynot proceed with the built plan
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#758
Wonder if Frys got any. Possible PM?
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#759
Quote from PaulPats View Post :
Regular asus has esata
gosh dawn it, you're right!! Just checked the box and it's an adaptor. saves me 40 bucks.
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#760
I just got back from Microcenter and got the stuff. :p...I iz so excited to get this thing running
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#761
Quote from WhatsYoFlava View Post :
Wow my pickup order for the Tustin store got canceled....
Mine was as well. Disappointing, I placed the order around 4:00am this morning. Maybe they gave them to people already at the store...
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Quote from PeterPan2002 View Post :
Came to MC to return the SSD i bought last week and lo and behold, got the last 2500k at Tustin, CA and ASUS pro combo. They still have around more than 80 of 2600K (according to their computer). May or maynot proceed with the built plan
I was just there and all 2600k chips are sold
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Quote from BayAreaBMWFan View Post :
What store was this? It sucks to be in the valley. That store in NE Ohia has everything in stock 12 different Mobos available. The Silicon Valley store has only 4 motherboards available!
Web store, mail delivery.
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#764
me + 4 gkids = 5 i7 2600k
too bad they denied my dogs request for one
sweeeeeeeeeeet
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#765
Just got back and got the last #2 bundle which I'm very happy since they canceled mine
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