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Intel To Debut New Desktop Processors Within Weeks

Semiconductor giant Intel is set to launch a slew of new desktop processors over the next few weeks as part of a massive range refresh that could see the introduction of seven new processors.

According to Digitimes (opens in new tab), the first batch will be made up of three processors, the Core i7-970, which runs at 3.2GHz, comes with six cores with 2MB L2 cache each and should be priced at around $885.

The other processor, a Core i5-760 with two cores, runs at 2.9GHz and costs $205 while the third one will be a lower powered Core i5-870s with a selling price of $351. Further models to be introduced in August include two Pentium and a Celeron models and a Core i3 one.

Simultaneously, Intel will be dropping its prices across several models with the most significant cut being a 47 percent discount on the Core i7-950 to come in August, from $562 to $294.

That model runs at 3.06GHz and comes with six cores which makes it and ideal substitute for the Core i7-970 which costs nearly three times more.

So why would Intel apply such drastic cuts to some processors and introduce half a dozen others? Well, maybe the processor behemoth knows something about archrival AMD that we don't.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.