- Sep 22, 2007
Right, but this time they're adding an extra SKU. If they were still aiming for 3 SKUs, I'd agree. However, 4 SKUs means that the price of something has to change. It's just a question of what. Personally, I think the 6-core and slower 8-core stay in the same place as the 5820K and 5930K respectively, while the faster 8-core is $900 and the 10-core is $1200.
I still think we'll see the 10 core at $1099, 8 core at $899, and the 6 core models at roughly the current prices of the 5820K and 5930K (roughly $400 and $600), though I wouldn't be terribly surprised if the 10 core is bumped to $1199 with the 8 core at $999. Personally I'm hoping for a $600 8 core model.
Seriously though, Intel has no real reason to drop prices on enthusiast chips - by definition, we're enthusiasts and will likely pay for their HEDT products unless the pricing is totally insane. You might say "But they want to sell more of them!" and while that's true, the HEDT market is a tiny fraction of their business and I doubt a pricing drop, unless very large, would have a noticeable sales impact. They have to be careful at the low end because who in their right mind would buy the 6700K if the 6 core BW-E is within $50?
That's why I think they'll charge a premium for the 10 core, but it won't be an insane premium to the point where we are looking at $1500. You know, I'm kind of laughing at these prices - I built my first rig in 1995 and bought the brand new Pentium 120 for $999 (which was a good deal) and didn't think twice. How times have changed, as I wrestle over whether to buy the 5930K now for $459 or wait and hope BW-E is a surprise in terms of pricing.