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Intel targets AMD with affordable unlocked CPUs

EconolineCrush (659729) writes | more than 4 years ago

Intel 3

EconolineCrush (659729) writes "For years, AMD has catered to gamers and enthusiasts with mid-range Black Edition processors whose unlocked multipliers make overclocking easy. Intel has traditionally reserved unlocked multipliers for its ultra-expensive Extreme CPUs, but it has now brought the feature to affordable models that compete directly with AMD's most popular processors. The Core i5-655K and Core i7-875K have two and four cores, respectively, and they're priced at just $216 and $342. It appears that both will easily hit speeds in excess of 4GHz with air cooling. Surprisingly, even at stock speeds, the i7-875K offers better performance and power efficiency per dollar than just about any other desktop CPU out there."
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how long until (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | more than 4 years ago | (#32372880)

AMD does the same?

Uhhhmm.... (1)

RulerOf (975607) | more than 4 years ago | (#32375228)

AMD has had reasonably priced chips with unlocked multipliers for a long time now. I've bought at least three AM2/+ chips in the last several years, and I can't recall a single one that wasn't either a Black Edition or one that was over $200. Conversely, I also cannot recall an Intel chip I've purchased in the same time period that was neither unlocked nor below $200. So to answer your knee-jerk question, AMD has been doing that for years.

My sincerest apologies and an offer to turn over my smart-ass card if you're being sarcastic. :-P

As an aside, my current desktop is an Intel E8400 with a tri-SLI XFX board (I need extra PCI-E slots for my 3 monitor setup and my RAID controller), but that's only really because I got the chip used from a rich PC games enthusiast who upgrades every four months for about a third of the retail price, and the board was on uber-sale.

My next build will likely be an AMD hexa core, though. Intel's performance edge is nice, but in all honesty, the only thing I can say to that is "like fucking hell I'm spending $500 on a mobo/CPU combo. Not to mention the awful prices on 8+ GB of DDR3."

Re:Uhhhmm.... (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | more than 4 years ago | (#32381068)

Sir, please turn your card in :p

Seriously, My next build will probably be Intel (quad i7, and 100% OS X compatible hardware), but since I'm typing this on a AGP Athlon X2 4200+ (s939), The machine will last a pretty long time :)
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