The Tech Report noticed Intel has released the Core i7-3820, a quad-core Sandy Bridge-E with a price tag of $294.
When those two chips launched late last year, Intel promised another addition to the family: a quad-core Core i7-3820 due in early 2012. With a 3.6GHz base clock speed, the 3820's cores run a little faster than those of its siblings. However, the chip's Turbo peak is capped at 3.8GHz, which is the same ceiling as the Core i7-3830K. The quad-core model is also limited to 10MB of cache, and it lacks a fully unlocked upper multiplier. Despite having fewer active cores, the 3820 still has a 130W TDP.
How much will this neutered version of Sandy Bridge-E cost? $294, according to Intel's freshly updated official price list. That's half the price of the next rung up the LGA2011 ladder and slightly less than the cost of not only the Core i7-2700K, but also the 2600K. Those last two CPUs slip into cheaper LGA1155 motherboards, of course.