Intel i7 7740X 4.3Ghz half price £199.99 @ Amazon - Prime exclusive
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Intel i7 7740X 4.3Ghz half price £199.99 @ Amazon - Prime exclusive

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Found 12th Jan
A great price for a modern i7, if you're looking to move to a newer gen then it is worth it.
Been low priced on Overclockers for a wee while, but this is still a good price.
Price for performance is good too.

NOTE: Always do your research! This obviously isn't a top of the range CPU, but it might work well for your application.
Check around and compare with similar items, as well as cost of accessories like Motherboard etc.
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The problem is you need to spend more on a board for this and it's only a quad core... which is pointless on the X299 platform. Cheap yes, worth it no.
Spectre and meltdown patches will drop performance. Anyone playing this down is smoking stuff. Not buying a cpu until these architecture issues are fixed in hardware. Hate to think my trusty i5-2400 and i7-3770 will suffer if Intel get round to patching them.

Micro code patch causing blue screens

theregister.co.uk/201…le/

Cpu performance drop 2-14 percent after patching

theregister.co.uk/201…wn/

Responsiveness down up to 31 percent

techcrunch.com/201…rs/
Edited by: "cf15" 12th Jan
whydoiwastemytimehere13 m ago

I will expect to see a lot more intel Ix chips going cheap soon, as they …I will expect to see a lot more intel Ix chips going cheap soon, as they have major security bugs in them.



All the chips have that 'major security bug' in them.

Not a single CPU is clear from Spectre.

Meltdown patches and workarounds have been greatly exaggerated in terms of performance hits.

We saw <1% performance decrease after we patched...

As for the deal at hand, it's a great price for a product that shouldn't be bought.

It doesn't allow for the chipset's best feature, quad channel ram. The motherboard is just a touch under 200 quid.

Why not buy an i7 8700k + Mobo for 445? Or an 8600k +mobo for 295? This mobo+CPU will set you back 400 quid and will not beat the 8600k. you're paying over 100 quid MORE for less performance!
Not surprised pc sales keep going down. This is about 10% quicker than 4770 bought 4 years ago for £150. It just doesn't add up. Remember times when chips' performance doubled every 18 months?
Edited by: "Gregski" 13th Jan
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Heat added. Great price. What would be good to pair this with in terms of motherboard, RAM etc for a modestly priced self build?
The problem is you need to spend more on a board for this and it's only a quad core... which is pointless on the X299 platform. Cheap yes, worth it no.
Don't know why I've just ordered this
Funghi5 m ago

Heat added. Great price. What would be good to pair this with in terms of …Heat added. Great price. What would be good to pair this with in terms of motherboard, RAM etc for a modestly priced self build?


MB wise, MSI - X299 RAIDER ATX is a good brand, but one of the lower price boards for this socket type, the more you spend, the more features you'll get, so knowing what ports and features you'll want will help. But for a moderate priced, you won't need SLI (and its not really that good for gaming anyway), try and pick up a GTX 1060 6Gb for less than £300 and you'll have a great base.
Unfortunately RAM prices are pretty high just now, but it would need to be DDR4, something around 2000 Mhz would be perfectly fine.
SaleChaser3 m ago

The problem is you need to spend more on a board for this and it's only a …The problem is you need to spend more on a board for this and it's only a quad core... which is pointless on the X299 platform. Cheap yes, worth it no.



If, like me, you're stull running haswell or earlier, it is actually cheaper to upgrade to a more modern generation than to try and find an i7.
It is definitely not top end, but for those looking to upgrade to i7 or more modern gen, its a good deal.
candyman863 m ago

Don't know why I've just ordered this


Me neither, you can actually do something good with £200.
250 in ebay. So not really half price.
Spectre and meltdown patches will drop performance. Anyone playing this down is smoking stuff. Not buying a cpu until these architecture issues are fixed in hardware. Hate to think my trusty i5-2400 and i7-3770 will suffer if Intel get round to patching them.

Micro code patch causing blue screens

theregister.co.uk/201…le/

Cpu performance drop 2-14 percent after patching

theregister.co.uk/201…wn/

Responsiveness down up to 31 percent

techcrunch.com/201…rs/
Edited by: "cf15" 12th Jan
deleted5795912th Jan

i5 8600k is only a bit more and 8400 is same price.



True, but single thread performance is slightly better, many applications don't utilize multiple cores (or more than 4) very well.
Though boards are slightly cheaper for it, so it could balance out..
Once you factor in the cost of the motherboard you could get much more cpu going with a different Intel Socket or going Ryzen.
It's an acceptable price for a Hyperthreaded quad core i7 in isolation, but the cost of X299 motherboards should make you think twice (especially as this chip can't even take advantage of many of their features, like quad channel memory). There's also the problem that if you buy the very cheapest X299 boards on the market, you're going to have major heat issues if you ever upgrade to Skylake-X, since those chips require extremely beefy VRMs and VRM cooling, which the cheapest X299 boards just don't have. Of course, there will be another new lineup of CPUs for X299 at some point, and those may be less of a disaster.
I will expect to see a lot more intel Ix chips going cheap soon, as they have major security bugs in them.
deleted5795912th Jan

i5 8600k is only a bit more and 8400 is same price.


Both are better buys.
whydoiwastemytimehere13 m ago

I will expect to see a lot more intel Ix chips going cheap soon, as they …I will expect to see a lot more intel Ix chips going cheap soon, as they have major security bugs in them.



All the chips have that 'major security bug' in them.

Not a single CPU is clear from Spectre.

Meltdown patches and workarounds have been greatly exaggerated in terms of performance hits.

We saw <1% performance decrease after we patched...

As for the deal at hand, it's a great price for a product that shouldn't be bought.

It doesn't allow for the chipset's best feature, quad channel ram. The motherboard is just a touch under 200 quid.

Why not buy an i7 8700k + Mobo for 445? Or an 8600k +mobo for 295? This mobo+CPU will set you back 400 quid and will not beat the 8600k. you're paying over 100 quid MORE for less performance!
These chips are a mess. Don't bother.
deleted5795912th Jan

i5 8600k is only a bit more and 8400 is same price.


Now if only Intel had gotten their act together and released cheaper chipset motherboards for the i5-8400 as Z370 boards are just silly for a locked CPU. Or even better now that Intel once again have some competition, they could stop this nonsense of require a new chipset for each 'generation' of CPUs. Especially where each 'generation' is just a revision of Skylake as Skylake, Kaby-Lake and now Coffee-Lake have been.
Nate149232 m ago

All the chips have that 'major security bug' in them.Not a single CPU is …All the chips have that 'major security bug' in them.Not a single CPU is clear from Spectre.Meltdown patches and workarounds have been greatly exaggerated in terms of performance hits.We saw <1% performance decrease after we patched... As for the deal at hand, it's a great price for a product that shouldn't be bought.It doesn't allow for the chipset's best feature, quad channel ram. The motherboard is just a touch under 200 quid.Why not buy an i7 8700k + Mobo for 445? Or an 8600k +mobo for 295? This mobo+CPU will set you back 400 quid and will not beat the 8600k. you're paying over 100 quid MORE for less performance!



where are those deals?
It's been £180 in the very recent past, which made it just about acceptable considering the 8th gen mainstream parts were hard to get hold of. But here it is £200 and a (limited choice 'low end') board is £200. So it's £400.

Back at this price point you're pushing to the same combined price as an 8600k + good Z370 board, which has very close performance and probably faster overclocked.

In fact an 8600K now is £240 and a reasonably good board is £130. Go figure.
I opted for my 7600k and Z270 Mobo for £230 combined and easily overclocked to 4.8Ghz
candyman861 h, 55 m ago

Don't know why I've just ordered this


I'm thinking of a device used for consuming hot beverages...
This seems good but 112W + expensive motherboard = waste of money
Gkains7 h, 45 m ago

Now if only Intel had gotten their act together and released cheaper …Now if only Intel had gotten their act together and released cheaper chipset motherboards for the i5-8400 as Z370 boards are just silly for a locked CPU. Or even better now that Intel once again have some competition, they could stop this nonsense of require a new chipset for each 'generation' of CPUs. Especially where each 'generation' is just a revision of Skylake as Skylake, Kaby-Lake and now Coffee-Lake have been.


Is 95 quid really that crazy?

box.co.uk/MSI…719
Not surprised pc sales keep going down. This is about 10% quicker than 4770 bought 4 years ago for £150. It just doesn't add up. Remember times when chips' performance doubled every 18 months?
Edited by: "Gregski" 13th Jan
I think I'll still with my i5 3570k, but thanks.
Buying any Intel CPU with a view to performance until the Meltdown performance hit has been further clarified, is not wise.

Now is not the time to buy. Now is the time if at all possible, to hold off on a purchase until this huge security and performance hitting design flaw and patch can be resolved in a customer centred way.

The early mobo BIOS "fixes" are not encouraging - nor is the Windows 10 fix or the macOS fix for drive access times.
Testing. Patches for spectra and meltdown we are seeing around a 30% reduction in performance, systems that were using around 10% increased to 40% with no extra load
COLD. Why would anyone spend £200 for a 4-core 8-thread CPU in 2018? It's ridiculous as you can get a 6-core 12-thread Ryzen 1600 for £158, and that was before the Ryzen price cut by AMD. Also, Ryzen's AM4 platform as a whole is much cheaper still, with motherboards costing much less than X299 mobos. Don't be stupid people.
steveturnbull326 m ago

Testing. Patches for spectra and meltdown we are seeing around a 30% …Testing. Patches for spectra and meltdown we are seeing around a 30% reduction in performance, systems that were using around 10% increased to 40% with no extra load


Most desktop workloads are showing less than 5% reduction.

techspot.com/art…ws/
Ego-X35 m ago

Most desktop workloads are showing less than 5% …Most desktop workloads are showing less than 5% reduction.https://www.techspot.com/article/1554-meltdown-flaw-cpu-performance-windows/


Hmmm, not that simple at all. The Windows PCID fix only works with Haswell and newer chips so people who dropped hundreds on top of the range Ivy Bridge CPUs on the basis of investing in longevity are in trouble.

Also, input/output operations including drive access times are seeing a huge hit.

It's true that most people who have bought a Windows PC or Mac in the past three years aren't going to have to worry too much but even then their engine has just been limited because of a design flaw.

Linux users and those operating small business servers are up the creek
Unless you have an x299 board it may not be worth it do your research as OP says guys
Keep in mind that this saving is from rrp.i noticed quite few times when price never goes back to rrp after sale
Really don't know why anyone would pick this over a Ryzen but... in the dake of being a deal, it is.
Voted hot but don't build around this...
Not worth it.
This CPU requires X299 board due to lower level half of the features won't work only half of memory slots will be available and m.2 drives may not work. Until meltdown/spectre settle no point touching Intel.
Just wondering, regarding recent news, surely intel would be working on preventing this in future cpu releases? Anything on the horizon?
Dosent say if it comes with a monitor and keyboard....
Edited by: "bhqmaster" 13th Jan
Would have thought the i5 8400 was a smarter buy.
Gregski4 h, 8 m ago

Not surprised pc sales keep going down. This is about 10% quicker than …Not surprised pc sales keep going down. This is about 10% quicker than 4770 bought 4 years ago for £150. It just doesn't add up. Remember times when chips' performance doubled every 18 months?


Yeah I suppose it's due to them perfecting the multi-core cpus. They had sorted out the power usage, stability and temps by the time the 2nd gen i3/i5/i7 came out and most things that come out these days still have no problems running on those CPUs. They could only do small improvements from then on.
I had an i7 920; the first i7 that came out. It was a stable chip (D0 stepping which does help) but it was quite power hungry and ran quite hot when overclocked.
Now I have a 3570k overclocked @ 4.5 and I haven't even considered upgrading yet and probably won't for quite a while yet.
Edited by: "aratkin" 13th Jan
Back to 280
The X299 line will soon be replaced in Q4. No guarantee how many parts Intel will make for the high end Skylake X parts. Coffee lake does the job with 6 cores. Heating issues on x299 platform. Have these been fixed? £199 for 4 cores. Albeit it will be a good gaming chip.

AMD to refresh Ryzen in April with faster clocks 12nn shrink and other features on new chipset.

Cost of ram, SSD,HD and graphics at present is prohibitive. Not helped by Samsung focuising on phones over DDR4 and mining of digital currencies. I was amazed the ram price is close to £200 for 16gb of DDR4 3200mhz ram. Price is up nearly 50% since August.

I bought a Radeon RX580 graphics card from Amazon for £102.50. Now going for nearly £370 on ebay! Scary! Paid £230 for my 1060 Nvida card. These are going for close to £290-300 new. Price errors on both when I bought. The virtues of following this forum.

Really bad time to be buying pcs. I would recycle whatever you can from your old systems. CPU prices are the only thing that appear to be falling! If your computer is 2-3 years old hold fire.
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