Intel to launch several new desktop processors in Q3 2010 ; possible iMac upgrades

July 1, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Intel is planning to launch several new desktop processors in 3Q 2010 replacing some of the older models as well as bringing in new high-performance enthusiast chips including a six-core chip. They will also be reducing the prices of some existing chips to boost demand.

According to Digitimes, Intel will launch three processors in mid-July. First will be the six-core Core i7-920, which should be running at 3.2 GHz and will also be the first non-Extreme six-core processor from Intel. The i7-920 is also supposed to have a large 12MB cache and will be priced at $885 for bulk-orders. The Core i5-760 with clocked at 2.8 GHz will be a more mainstream chip priced at $205 and the low-power quad-core Core i5-870S will be targeted at small formfactor PCs and priced at $351 for thousand-unit tray quantities.

Come August, new budget range processors will be brought out including the new Core i3 560 at $138, Pentium Dual Core E5700 at $75, Pentium E6800 at $86 and Celeron E3500 at $53. While not much is known about these processors, the dual-core processors will be clocked at a maximum of 3.3 GHz ( the Core i3-560 ). As for price cuts, the existing quad core Core-i7 950 3.06 GHz should see its price slashed in half to $294. For mid-July, Intel will reduce its Core i3-540, Pentium E6600 and Pentium E5500 CPU prices from US$133, US$84 and US$75 to US$117, US$75 and US$64, respectively.

Also said to be in the works is an upgrade from Apple to its iMacs using these new processors. Apple hasn’t updated its iMac lines since it was refreshed in October. The new Core i3s may replace the Core 2 Duos and the more affordable Core i7 chips may also play a role.

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