Intel Replaces Core i7 970, With i7 980
If you own the Intel Core i7 970 processor, you no longer have the latest and greatest in computing technology. Not that it matters much anyways, but Intel has recently unleashed the new Core i7 980 processor.
Now, before you go crazy this isn’t the extreme edition, nor is it unlocked- meaning you won’t be able to push it to the max with any overclocking software. This also means that you won’t have to spring for a heavy cooling system such a water cooled case.
The new 980 chip will cost you $583 and while it’s about half the price of the 980X, it’s still quite expensive. The processor runs at a clock speed of 3.33GHz which should be more than sufficient for a large number of machines.
I’ve always considered the good processors to cost around $300 and the great processors to cost around $550. The outrageous processors that are over $1,000 are best suited for those doing heavy computer work such as video rendering, or intense data analysis.
I also find it a bit funny that we hear about Intel processors that are set to come out in year 2014, because it makes the current processors seem a whole lot less attractive.
If you can hold off on upgrading your computer, I would highly recommend waiting a couple years till the technology matures. Of course, three years is a heck of a long time.