Intel has quietly released a new top-of-the-line Sandy Bridge CPU: Core i7-2700K. We reported the i7-2700K "leak" about a month ago, and guessed that i7-2700K will be released around the same time as AMD's Bulldozer CPUs, which ended being quite accurate. In terms of specs, 2700K is very similar to 2600K - the only difference is the extra CPU multiplier and hence the extra 100MHz in 2700K. That means 2700K has default frequency of 3.5GHz and up to 3.9GHz Turbo. Otherwise 2700K is equal to 2600K: Four cores, Hyper-Threading (up to eight threads) and 8MB L3 cache. Like the "K" implies, the CPU multiplier is unlocked, allowing effortless overclocking. Intel hasn't, however, added 2700K to their product database yet (aka ARK), so possible changes in stepping for example are unknown. 2700K is sold for $332 in 1000 unit lots, making it $15 more expensive than 2600K. 

On top of the launch of i7-2700K, Intel has also reduced the prices of three CPUs: i3-2120, Pentium G850 and G630. As the naming suggests, these CPUs are lower-end desktop models. The new prices are $117, $75 and $64 respectively. The price cuts range from 13% to 15%, the biggest cut being i3-2120's $21. 

Source: Intel

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  • kjboughton - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    There's been no change in stepping. It's a D2 like the others.
  • silverblue - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    What, you're expecting them to use even less power than the current offerings? :P
  • mckirkus - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    "The new prices are $117, $75 and $64 respectfully."

    With all due respect, I think you meant respectively. I'm an old fashioned type that thinks poor grammar reflects poorly on your articles.
  • Kristian Vättö - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    Thanks. I have fixed the typo.
  • frozentundra123456 - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    Nice to see the cuts on the price of the lower end chips. However, this seems like just an excuse to increase the price on the top end.

    Another 100 mhz really means noting on a chip this will almost surely be purchased with the intention of overclocking. Although to give them credit, Intel has released an i5 2320 I believe that is 200 mhz faster than the original without a price increase.
  • starfalcon - Monday, October 24, 2011 - link

    I find it odd that the
    Core i5-2300 is $179
    Core i5-2320 is $185
    and Core i5-2400 is $189, at least on amazon.
    I just don't get that.
    Still they keep making more chips and moving the prices, so that's good, I'm still going to be very curious about the changes and possibilities with Ivy Bridge in about five months.
  • Sivar - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - link

    Thank you for the compact and thorough listing of the important numbers, but as a geek I think the Intel logo needs some geekery.
    I know you were in a hurry (from an earlier message), but 2 colors? PNG or GIF make those smaller, faster to download, and look better.
  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - link

    JPEGs used for logos, text and diagrams - scourge of the internet.
  • Kristian Vättö - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - link

    It's just an image I have taken from Internet. I haven't managed to find that many good CPU photos and I don't want to steal photos from other sites.

    To be honest, I haven't thought about the image side that much, so hence especially Intel images have been a bit boring. This is why feedback is important, I now know to look more carefully for the images in the future :-)
  • Sivar - Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - link

    Not a big deal, of course, just an OCD thing from being on a pre-3G edge wireless network. Oh, the pain!

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