Why are older gen Intel CPU's still expensive? 13 replies

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FileTrekker Super Administrator

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#1 3 years ago

I have a Core i5 from the Haswell era and was thinking of replacing it with a Core i7 of the same socket, but a Core i7 from that older line is as much or sometimes even MORE than a new CPU such as a Skylake or Kaby Lake CPU.
What's the deal with that? :/


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#2 3 years ago

Supply of the older chips gets low (as they don't make them anymore) so the ones that are there don't get cheaper because there isn't market saturation on them.

Plus people seem willing to pay for them at that price so no need to drop it.


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#3 3 years ago

Why not just buy one of the brand new shiney ones which costs less money?


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#4 3 years ago

Mikey

Why not just buy one of the brand new shiney ones which costs less money?

Because he'd then need to buy a new motherboard.


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#5 3 years ago

This is my problem as well. My computer is from 2010. I was looking trhough the Black Friday deals, and all I could find were computers that have exactly the same specs as my 6-year-old computer, BUT COST THE SAME as what I paid for this computer.

 

If I pay the same amount for a brand-new computer, it should be at least triple the specs of my 6-year-old computer.


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#6 3 years ago

Yeah exactly.
I don't really want to shell out on a new motherboard and all the effort entailed within but it seems silly not to at this point. But it's not an immediate need so it can wait for a while still.


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#7 3 years ago

Up until about six months ago, my GTX 760 was selling for the same price I bought it for back in 2013.


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#8 3 years ago

So much for technology doubling every six months.


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#9 3 years ago

Yeah, CPU speed improvements have slowed down a lot in recent years. Unless you want the absolute best or need some feature that was added in with newer gen tech, I don't see it being worth it to upgrade sockets.

The 3xxx series CPUs have gone down a lot from original prices if  you wanna get something used or "new old stock". https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=3570k&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.X3770k.TRS0&_nkw=3770k&_sacat=0

Of course the drawbacks of buying something without a retailer DOA/warranty backing exist. I may end up grabbing a 3770k before I upgrade to a newer gen setup though. The performance difference between the 3570k and the 7700k is only about 25%-35%. Of course, DDR4 RAM is a good deal faster, but considering the cost to upgrade would be ~$500 vs. ~$200, I'd rather save that money for a better GPU when the next gen comes out next year. I'm not sure how different it is with Haswell, but the differences are probably even more miniscule.




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#10 3 years ago

Even including the most recent iterations of AMD/Intel's CPU's, technology and speed advancements in the CPU realm have been lacking.  My gaming machine is still rocking an old FX-8350 processor, which is more than enough processing speed for any modern game and any task I can throw at it.  I think we're reaching an age where the only improvements we can make at this point are smaller dies and better thermals.  We've already crammed many many unnecessary cores into these chips (althoug they are quite necessary for some industries) that most programs and games alike cannot utilize and base clocks are hovering in and around the 4GHz realm.  I'm curious to know what's coming next though.  



As for the cost however, I think shit's overpriced as is.  I understand that there is bleeding edge tech in some chips, but still.  Chip prices and card prices has all but removed me from being able to continue dabbling in the PC gaming realm.  




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