Introduced yesterday by Intel, the Core i7-3930K processor based on the high-performance Sandy Bridge-E architecture just arrived in stock at Newegg, the US-based retailer selling the chip for $599.99, or roughly 440.5 EUR.
The price is actually $45 (33 EUR) higher than that recommended by Intel
for its processor, but Newegg's listing
also includes shipping to make the deal a bit sweater.
The higher than MSRP price asked by the e-tailer isn't at all unusual for just introduced hardware, as retailers try to profit as much as they can from the high launch day demand and the eagerness of early adopters.
Intel's Core i7-3930K was introduced just yesterday together with the Core i7-3960X and these are the only Sandy Bridge-E chips that are available in retail so far, the Core i7-3820 being expected to join them in first quarter of 2012.
The two processors feature similar specs with the Core i7-3960X coming as the faster chip as its six computing cores are clocked at 3.3GHz (3.9 maximum Turbo Boost speeds) while also including 15MB of Level 3 cache.
However, the i7-3930K is no slouch either as it comes with a 3.2GHz base frequency (3.8GHz Turbo) and 12MB of L3 cache.
This CPU is actually our recommendation for a Sandy Bridge-E system since its almost half the price of the Core i7-3960X we reviewed
yesterday, while it should offer similar performance in most applications.
Speaking of the Core i7-3960X, Newegg also has this processor in stock and sells it for $1049.99
(771 EUR) shipped. This price is also higher than Intel's MSRP which is set at $999 or about 734 EUR.
If you don't have enough money to buy any of these two processors and the motherboard needed for an LGA 2011 system, there's still some hope left as Intel is running a giveaway
with all sorts of cool Sandy Bridge-E prizes.