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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  • piroroadkill - Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - link

    That's fair. To be honest it's a bit OCD.

    But maybe you can just hit up Intel, AMD and so on, and get a pack of high res logos and photos.

    You can always use them later if needs be.
  • johnsmith9875 - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - link

    Strike me down with it, I am unarmed.
  • MrTeal - Thursday, October 27, 2011 - link

    A drop to $117 on the 2120 puts it at the same price as the i3-2100. Is Intel going to kill the 2100 or lower the price on it?

    Same deal with then Pentiums, the G630 will now be the same price as the G620 and the G850 will be the same price as the G840.
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  • amanpatel - Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - link

    Do you think this could be dropped into a 2011 iMac 27" and expected to work?

    I am really considering an upgrade for the i5-2500S (2.7ghz) to this new processor (or the i7-2600 which definitely should work since the high end iMac comes with it).

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