Intel launches Core i7-2700K, drops price on lower-end CPUs

By Jos · 28 replies
Oct 24, 2011
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  1. As expected, Intel has launched a new Sandy Bridge flagship in response to AMD's Bulldozer platform arrival. The new Core i7-2700K processor is quite similar to its 2600K predecessor --…

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  2. Wow finally core i7 at 3 Ghz. Any thing more than 4 cores was about 2GHz. One day, 4,5GHz!
  3. Is it worth it at that asking price?
  4. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    @ 1st Guest: The speed of CPU's is not totally relative to the GHz.

    Well the real question would be if you need that amount of power, i have an i7 930 and its pretty frustrating to watch it only work at ~25% load on a lot of heavy apps that are not structured to use all cores. More than looking for a strong CPU that makes things faster its the look for a CPU that can do "that work" and still lets you do "that other stuff" while you wait.

    BTW the i7 930 is around 60% the speed of the 2600K
  5. A G630 for less than the price of a Athlon II x3 450 makes Intel very compelling at the low end for your low end gamer. Also, LGA1155 boards have been steadily decreasing in price too.
  6. venomblade

    venomblade TS Rookie Posts: 69

    I guess this is what happens when AMD can't offer competition...a 100mhz bump for $50+. I see no reason to upgrade if one has a 2500k or 2600k already.
  7. yeah well 2700k sounds that much cooler!
    Why wouldn't you want this!?!!!?!?
  8. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    It's $15 above the 2600K
    But sure, if you already have one no reason to "upgrade"
    However if you where like me on an old S775 system, just waiting to see what Bulldozer might bring to the table; then it might impress you more ;)
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I'd try and hang on to see Ivy bridge offering now Per :)
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,715   +3,692

    Nice and if I build a new system, I will consider the 2700K. Until then I'm happy with my 2600K. Although waiting for Ivy before building again would be the logical choice.

    Yeah thats right I'm a Intel Guy with nothing against AMD other than they don't compete with the 2600K much less the 2700K.
  11. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 855   +121

    I bought a $500 core i3 laptop, threw in an samsung SSD and it boots windows about half way through the initial windows logo on boot. Blew my mind.
  12. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    It's pretty tempting to get a 2700K and pair it with a decent Z68 motherboard rather than wait another 5 to 6 months for Ivy Bridge to arrive. I still running a PII X4 955BE on a DDR2 AM2 board so I'm pretty much overdue for a system upgrade and AMD does not have anything particularly compelling in its current Bulldozer CPU lineup.
  13. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Cota: An i7 930 is just as fast as a 2600k\2700k for the majority of what people use thier PC for... including OS loadtime, multi-tasking and multi-media.
    For gaming, Toms Hardware showed a 2% difference clock for clock, so nothing there either.

    Not really much of an upgrade for 1366LGA owners.
    Especially if your chip is 4.0Ghz or higher.
  14. For 99% of the people a core i3-2100 would be more than sufficient for anything they do. I have a core i7 920 on one of my rigs and so far I only max it out when I do video editing in Adobe Premiere pro, otherwise it is hard to max out -- and I am a software engineer.

    NOTE: My other rig is a core i3-2100 with just integrated video, and that one works perfectly for home computing, netflix, blu-ray, light video games, emails -- as I said, good enough for 99% of the people.
  15. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Sounds like a good upgrade, you should see a substantial boost in performance over the 955BE.
  16. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,957   +214

    Haha, I probably will.
    Not much point in upgrading the CPU anyway, it's mostly my old graphics card holding me back...
  17. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    $15 for a 100mhz speed bump. Who are they, AMD???

    Joking aside, still a good processor for the money. Curious for next year for the new revision.
  18. venomblade

    venomblade TS Rookie Posts: 69

    I was going by newegg prices. $315 for 2600k, $369 for 2700k, just saying.
  19. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    I don't know about the 2% thing - I replaced my i7 930 with a 2600K and it was a substantial boost in performance when gaming. Plus, getting into the 4+ Ghz range is super easy on the SB chips. All other hardware (except RAM and mobo) stayed the same btw.
  20. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Maybe your previous build was slow for some reason?
    Who knows.
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    Haha - nice try. I should probably qualify it by saying that some of the games I was playing saw a substantial boost.
  22. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    2% on average across 12 games with the clock speeds the same is not a substantial boost. (Toms Hardware).
    Nice attempt to justify a purchase you didn't need, but facts are facts.
  23. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    Except that a 930 and a 2600 don't come at the same clock speeds and I missed your initial statement about clock for clock... my fault. Getting a 930 to 4 Ghz can be quite a struggle while getting a 2600K to 4.4 or even 4.6 is almost a joke it's so easy. If you leave them both stock you're talking about a 20-25% higher clock speed and if you overclock both, even being reasonable you're talking at least a 10-15% higher clock. No one who would be willing to OC a 930 wouldn't do the same with a 2600K.
  24. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Games don't improve at 5.0Ghz from 4.0Ghz, 11/12 games showed very little performance increase after 4.0Ghz or so.
    And i7 920/930/950's all hit 4.0Ghz effortlessly.
  25. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Why don't you go troll another forum.
    You obviously dhafc about what you're talking about. A LOT of Nehalems hit a voltage wall at 3.8-3.9 - that is to say, most will break 4GHz but at a prohibitive vcore...and since vcore has a direct relationship to memory control hub voltage, you're also turning the northbridge into a space heater.


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