Good news for all the techie and geeks out there, especially for the Intel Core i7 enthusiasts. A new model of the Core i7 platform is now available, the Core i7 Extreme 975 and Core i7 950 processors are now out at a few online US retailers as of this morning.
As we mentioned back in February, both processors are to serve as replacements for the existing Core i7 Extreme 965 and Core i7 940 at higher clock speeds, a new stepping revision, and the same respective price points.
The Core i7 Extreme 975 is the fastest consumer Nehalem processor so far, a quad-core chip with 3.33GHz clock speed and 8MB of shared L3 cache. It’s being listed for between $1,100 and $1,129.
Meanwhile the Intel Core i7 950 clocks in at 3.06GHz and includes 8MB of shared L3 cache. That’s priced at a slightly more affordable (but only in comparison with the 975) $649. According to retailer PCs For Everyone, both chips will be released on May 31st.
Like the Nehalem-EX both processors are based from Nehalem micro-architecture, PCWorld claims that these Core-i7s chips can be ultimately replaced by codenamed Gulftown, a 32-nanometer processors that will be part of upcoming Westmere family. This series of 32-nm processors is said to be more efficient and faster than the Core i7s chips.