Intel has ever so slowly, completely reworked its original Core i7 product line.
The Extreme i7 965 was phased out in favour of the high powered i7 975 along with the addition of the i7 950 to replace the i7 940. We then had the recent the introduction of the i7 960, and now the i7 930 is set to pickup the slack from the gap soon to be left by the i7 920 and 940 who along with the i7 965 (and possibly the i7 950) are set to be end of life by the end of the year. Still following?
The Core i7 930 will be identical to the others in the processor line at with four true cores and 8 threads, operating at 2.88GHz and a 133MHz frequency (though the math doesn’t quite add up – 2.86GHz seems like a more likely speed).
Given that it is marked as the replacement for the i7 920, it will take the $299 price point, making it an attractive option for a base LGA1366 platform. This may also signal a price drop for the i7 8 series CPU’s given that the processor will offer similar speeds for an identical price; or maybe the 8 series will be next on Intel’s erratic replacement strategy
There is also speculation – given that Intel’s six core “Gulftown” processors are expect at the same time – that this new processor may in fact be a manufactured on the 32-nm process.