Rumor: Intel Discontinuing Over 25 Desktop CPUs

Unnamed industry sources in Taiwan claim that Intel has updated hardware partners with a new schedule that sees the halt of over 25 existing desktop CPU models. The cease in production will reportedly start in 1Q12 in order to make room for the new 22-nm Ivy Bridge processors slated to launch sometime around April 8, 2012.

According to the sources, Intel has issued a notice to cease production of the following CPUs:

 - Core i7-875K/860S
 - Core i5-760/750S/655K
 - Celeron 450/430

 - Celeron E3500
 - Celeron E3300
 - Core i7-960/950/930/870
 - Core i7-880S/870S
 - Core i5-661/660
 - Core i5-2300/680/670
 - Core i3-530
 - Core Duo E7500/E7600
 - Pentium G960
 - Pentium E6600/E550
 - Pentium E5700

As previously reported, Intel is slated to launch Ivy Bridge on April 8. On the whole, Intel is expected to release a total of 25 models including 17 CPUs for the desktop and 8 for notebooks and ultrabooks. The first desktop flood will include the Core i7-3770K, 3770, 3770S, 3770T CPUs, the Core i5-3570, 3550 and 3450 CPUs, and the Z77, H77, Z75 and B75 chipsets. Then in May, Intel will unleash the Core i5-3470T CPU along with the Q77 and Q75 desktop chipsets.

As for notebooks, Intel will reportedly release the Core i7-3920QM, 3820QM and 3720QM CPUs along with the HM77, UM77, HM76 and HM75 notebook chipsets (followed by the QS77 and QM77 chipsets in May). Sources claim that other models including the Core i5-3520M, 3360M and 3320M CPUs for notebooks, and the Core i7-3667U and Core i5-3427U CPUs for ultrabooks will officially be unveiled at a later date.

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  • Toxxyc
    Good. This will limit the selling of old crap to people who simply don't know better greatly as soon as available stock is depleted. It saddens me to see PC shop selling old Pentium processors and LGA775 motherboards to people when for the exact same money that person could've entered the LGA1155 market with a basic SNB setup. Good on you Intel, for making this decision, but shame for taking so long!
  • altikal
    Dont know why there getting rid of the i3-530 thats a great little chip for good price...but i suppose the i3-540 will still be around which is identical
  • dizzy_davidh
    The problem with Intel's removal from production of old models and the subsequent con-artist sales of old cpus and systems to new customers is that Intel fail time and time again to make a clearly understandable method of identifying both the processoe hierarchy and the sub-hierarchy within each level.

    The 'i' change made some sense in describing the lower-higher-highest performance factors of the ranges but then made the water murky by having models in each range perform better than those in the next level up (e.g. top level i3 surpasses the lowest i5).

    Now they've gone and changed the numbering scheme within the existing levels adding extra digits (4 digits rather than the 3 they used before) and started adding non-descript letters to the end of each model number to further confuse the consumer.

    They should have stuck to a clear model of i7 always trumps i5 and i5 always trumps i3. When and if their next generation is released call it something different like i9 and see to it that it too always trumps the i7. When it then came time to stop making the old models there would be less confusion and less people being conned into buying old systems.

    Even the old Pentium, p2, p3, p4 model was less confusing as you clearly knew that a P4 would p*ss all over a p3, performance wise. With the actual benefits of processor model differences being so specific now the end-user has no idea what to expect or even what is available and most importantly they shouldn't have to know the minute details of such a mundane topic to be able to make a simple informed purchase choice.

    Intel product release model scheme = FAIL, in my book.