Intel prepares to bulldoze Bulldozer with launch of Core i7-2700K processor

Intel prepares to bulldoze Bulldozer with launch of Core i7-2700K processor

Summary: Long rumored as Intel's first response to AMD's Bulldozer platform, the new Core i7-2700K processor has been officially launched as the fastest Sandy Bridge desktop chip. The quad-core CPU should already widen the performance gap between the Bulldozer flagship FX-8150 and Sandy Bridge's high end, though at an approximate price of $330 (according to CPU World), the i7-2700K is nearly $100 more expensive.

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Long rumored as Intel's first response to AMD's Bulldozer platform, the new Core i7-2700K processor has been officially launched as the fastest Sandy Bridge desktop chip. The quad-core CPU should already widen the performance gap between the Bulldozer flagship FX-8150 and Sandy Bridge's high end, though at an approximate price of $330 (according to CPU World), the i7-2700K is nearly $100 more expensive.

At 3.5GHz (with a 3.9GHz Turbo Boost), the new Core i7 is 100MHz faster than the Core i7-2600K, which has already bested the FX-8150 in pretty much all benchmark testing to date. And as the "K" in the product name denotes, it has an unlocked clock multiplier to ease overclocking. No word yet on whether the new processor introduction will lead to a price cut in the i7-2600K to make it even more competitive with the Bulldozers. (Signs point to "no" as there's some evidence the processor's price has spiked in Europe after the launch of Bulldozer.)

Already, boutique system maker Maingear has announced that it is offering the new Core i7 in its Shift and F131 desktop PCs, giving users the option to have the company overclock it to 5GHz or higher. An F131 with the i7-2700K starts at $1,228, while a Shift equipped with one starts at $1,985. No doubt other gaming PC companies will announce their own systems with the new chip in the coming days.

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  • â?¨â?¨INVENTORS - DO NOT TRUST INTEL!!!

    INVENTORS - DO NOT TRUST INTEL ???

    I invented a CPU cooler - 3 times better than best - better than ???water. Intel have major CPU cooling problems - "Intel's ???microprocessors were generating so much heat that they were ???melting" (iht.com) - try to talk to them - they send my ???communications to my competitor & will not talk to me.??????

    Winners of major 'Corporate Social Responsibility' awardS!!!

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    ??????BTW, I have the evidence - my competitor gave it to me.??????BBTW, I am prepared to apologise to Intel if; ???
    ??? They can show that the actions were those of a single ???individual in the company, acting outside corporate policy, and:???
    ??? They gain redress on my behalf.??????

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    Stuart Saunders.
    Intellectual Property Rightful Owners Action Group.
    Stuart21@...
    • Timing?

      @Stuart21@...
      I think you might find that melting intel processors were more than a few processor generations ago when the Pentium 4 series were being pushed to silly clock speeds. If you have seen reports of more recent generation intel processors you might note that they accept significant overclocking on air cooling.

      If you have an excellent cooler solution then why haven't you applied for a patent or if you want to give it to the big guy, open source the design?
      DOSlover
    • RE: Intel prepares to bulldoze Bulldozer with launch of Core i7-2700K processor

      @Stuart21@...
      Maybe you should learn to communicate without so much confusion in your text. Or did you just buy a keyboard made in China?
      ITOdeed
    • Failsauce.

      @Stuart21@... I run a Core 2 Duo E8400 at home - a processor that is 2 generations old now - over clocked to 4.0 GHz, on AIR, without issues. I only recently moved from the stock Intel cooler to an aftermarket cooler due to the fan on the stock cooler failing. I can attest that you, sir, have pegged the BS meter today.
      Champ_Kind
  • RE: Intel prepares to bulldoze Bulldozer with launch of Core i7-2700K processor

    Luckily for AMD, from the antitrust settlement Intel said that it was doing nothing wrong but promised to immediately stop doing what it wasn't doing, which should allow AMD to compete better.

    Who knows how bad AMD could have been hurt if Intel were actually doing what it stopped not doing?
    HackerJ
  • AMD is itself incompetent in management

    Get over yourself, HackerJ. Read what former AMD employees have said about AMD's failures:

    http://www.insideris.com/why-amd-failed-another-ex-employee-confession/
    Gigahurt
    • RE: Intel prepares to bulldoze Bulldozer with launch of Core i7-2700K processor

      @Gigahurt
      Why listen to the words of a disgruntled former employee?
      coachgeorge
  • RE: Intel prepares to bulldoze Bulldozer with launch of Core i7-2700K processor

    And what a lot of you seem to forget is that AMD Licenses the code from Intel!
    InsiteFX
  • The real deal is Ivy Bridge.

    Patience will be rewarded.
    Smart_Neuron
  • RE: Intel prepares to bulldoze Bulldozer with launch of Core i7-2700K processor

    A performance bench mark is quoted; does anyone have the link to the test that is referenced? "...Core i7-2600K, which has already bested the FX-8150 in pretty much all benchmark testing to date."
    While I am neither a computer scientist nor a programmer I am wondering how a 4 core processor beat out an 8 core processor running at prox the same speed?
    Do the programs and OS utilize the additional cores of Bulldozer? Do any mainstream programs or OS's utilize the additional cores?
    Educated responses only please.
    Remember, if it can't be verified, it is irrelevant.
    coachgeorge
    • The best article to date is on Tom's Harware; Search FX-8150.

      @coachgeorge
      Also, there is a lot on Wikipedia that you can isolate processor terms to gain a better understanding of the weaknesses of the new AMD chip compared with what the i7 2600 sandy Bridge has accomplished. Ceck out AVX after reading the Tom's Hardware article for a better understanding of what isn't happening for AMD.

      You should remember here that there is also a link on this "Talkback", by: Gigahurt; scoll above. That will further your search.

      I do use a Intel i7 2600 computer and enjoy effortless computer benefits under any circumstances that come my way. My other computer is a Dec.10,2010 AMD Athlon II X3 455 with a Foxconn A88GMV motherboard and it does disappoint when trying to catalog a full view of images on a single tab from one of my online service providers. Simple stuff is fine, but, this is unacceptable from today's computers. Bulldozer and even Phenom II X4 may do much better but I would buy Intel only from now on. Even with their heavy amount of criticism for not being as mainstream friendly as AMD's marketing department.
      Rob T.
    • RE: Intel prepares to bulldoze Bulldozer with launch of Core i7-2700K processor

      @coachgeorge You must be a fanboy. The fact of the matter is that the Intel Core architecture is just so much more efficient than AMD's Bulldozer architecture. The 2nd Gen Core architecture is even better than the first gen - that's why so many of the newer high-end gaming rigs generally run Core i5 and i7 2000-series quad core processors and not the more expensive Core i7 900 series processors. Even the Macintosh people among us find that the current MacBook Pro quad core laptops, iMac quad core desktops, and the Mac Mini quad-core server can keep pace with the supposedly more powerful Mac Pro in all but high-end video editing.
      Champ_Kind