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Scan takes pre-orders on Intel 2700k processor

While the effects of Bulldozer on the market as a whole were interesting, at stock speeds it does not set the world alight. So what is Intel’s response?  Strangely enough, they have taken a leaf from AMD’s history books. KitGuru dons a toga and prepares to draw diagrams in the sand.

In the dark old days of Prescott (the CPU, not the obese politician), AMD had a fundamental lead in processor technology. Intel’s chips used the same psychology as the 1950s American car market – to go faster you use a bigger and bigger engine, while AMD had a much more efficient design (think classic Porsche – the kind James Dean died in).

Sure, in the background, Intel was cooking up Conroe, but to the public it was offering an increasingly ageing P4 technology that was bottlenecked beyond belief.

AMD’s launch strategy was simple. Wait for Intel to bluff and bluster a new chip into the market, and then simply increase the clock on the Athlon or FX processor by 100MHz in order to re-take the lead.

Maybe AMD should be hounding Intel for some kind of ‘royalty payments’, cos that’s exactly what seems to be happening with Sandybridge and Bulldozer.

Scan boss Elan Raja at the LITS show. The reseller was so busy that, on the last day, they were able to sell every single item on the stand - making the trip back to Bolton much lighter work. Nice.

The channel is being prepared for the launch of an improved Sandybridge Core i7 design. Improved ever so slightly. Basically, the Core i7 2700k will ship with a 100MHz advantage at stock clocks – but is expected to have been cherry picked from an improved process batch – so that its overclocking potential will be more like 5GHz than the 4.8Ghz that most people seem happy with on the 2600k.

The price is slightly higher than for the 2600k, with Scan taking pre-orders at £239 + vat.

In the meantime, pushing an Intel Core i7  2700k to >5Ghz will give you monster performance with relatively little power draw. Expect Scan to be shipping soon.

Scan first to market with Intel's brand new processor. Let's see how far the overclockers can take it.

KitGuru says: Unusual that Scan would be first with the pre-ordering, but they do have a massive following and sales of this chip are expected to be strong in the early months. The only doubt in the mind of the enthusiast will be “Should I go with X79” – but that platform choice is likely to incur significant additional costs in terms of mainboard and quad channel memory requirements.

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  • Robert

    Bulldozer was already getting hammered by 2600k. This is just the nail in the coffin.

    5ghz on air? that would be nice. my 2600k craps out at 4.7ghz on air with a D14.

  • Alex

    I’ve reached 5.1 gig stable on a 2600K – in a well ventilated supertower chassis with the Corsair Hydro H100. This baby should do more…

  • Alex

    …and on lower voltages maybe?

  • Robert Hank

    It just seems to me as if they are just kicking AMD in the nuts. the 2600k walks all over the bulldozer chip, so they bring out a new chip at 100mhz faster? lol, its quite funny, but rather pointless.

    I doubt it overclocks much better. a lot of the 2600k hit 5ghz, and with air cooling it will be hard pushing past that.

  • Tintin

    I hope for 5ghz+ with one of these and a corsair all in one liquid cooler (or D14).

    My 2500k hits 4.9ghz but I want to upgrade. Not sure this 2700k is worth the extra, but we need to see some OC based reviews to make a call on that.

  • ChrisJ

    I was at LITS. Stand was so busy I stood in what I didn’t know was the queue for the till until I was asked what I was purchasing. But the OCing lessons were pretty sweet especially for a n00b like me. In my lesson I was the only one to get the Sandy Bridge i7 system encased in the persex boxes stable at 4.3Ghz after passing the intel burn test.

  • Ok, ok !! So you go from a 2600K to a 2700K. It’ s like going from a Ford Taurus SE to a Taurus SES. 10 extra horsepower !! Woo Hoo !! Now: a Taurus can be safely driven on the highway at 100 MPH. No matter the model of Taurus, at 110 mph, the engine starts vibrating. At 120 mph, the coolant indicator will read HOT. At 130 mph, while hearing sounds of exploding tires, the piston rods will be shooting through the hood. The Speed limit was set to 75 MPH, and the car would be a dream going 90 !! Yet, we have piston rings and tire shreds all over the road ahead. Use your common sense and drive carefully !!