Intel Cuts i7 950 Price In Half

"The Core i7 950 essentially becomes the 930's successor."

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Everyone likes price cuts, especially ones that make higher-end components more viable.  This is exactly what is happening with Intel's Core i7 950 processor, with its price getting cut in half.

Up until now, the 950 has generally been seen as a pointless chip.  The processor has been retailing at most shops for the same price as the faster 960.  In fact, at some e-tailers it has been costing even more.  With this upcoming price cut down to $294, it has morphed into the 930's successor, essentially rendering several processors in this price category obselete.

This new price cut is expected to go effective on either Sunday or Monday.  While most stores are holding with the current price for now, OverclockersUK has already put up a pre-order page for £234.99, with an estimated ship date at the end of the month.  According to Neoseeker, we could be seeing some cuts for the i5 760, i3 560, and some of Intel's lower-end E-series processors in the near future as well.

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11-08-2010, 13:34:12

lasher
And all the while making 5 Billion in revenue!!

The whole broadband to the masses was I believe a previous government policy and still is with the new coalition government.
Obviously in the economic climate we are in at the moment and the Bank of England today sating growth will be less than previously expected, i find it hard to believe investment from government and the broadband providers will increase until things are more stable.

There's a link to investment which is quite interesting reading - just cut the bull from the politicians out and you get an understanding.

http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/business-sectors/telecommunications/broadband/bduk

I too grew up in rural areas - blimey i remember moaning when we didnt has Gas! Just have to accept the fact your not stuck in a town with crime and poverty and be blessed with the fact you have a nice environment to live in.

We will never break B T's monopoly on the service provision they have, even ofgem cant!

Could always hire one of these :)
http://www.bentley-walker.com/tooway/

11-08-2010, 13:54:03

AlienALX
Yup that's exactly what's going on. They want to keep pulling the tits on the cash cow without putting anything back. The reason they have started this entire lock down charade is so that they don't have to face the real issues. Which are - if things carry on they way they are the entire infastructure will collapse.

It just makes me sick. When I lived in the USA I lived on a 25 acre farm in a 15 sq m area with nothing but similar farms and properties. Yet, all of them had cable. I got 10m cable internet there and it was awesome.

However here we are on this tiny island that the Yanks could wire out in six months using 60 year old phone lines for our broadband.

So on the surface I am getting 7m + ADSL on a BT line. Sadly I can't use it for anything at all. And the bit that chaps my asshole the most is that nothing seems to be any faster because of course, it won't be. Web pages still load at the same speed and nothing is any different at all.

It's like renting some one a Ferrari and them paying £4k a month. Upon getting in it they realise that some c u next tuesday has welded a block of metal to the floor so the throttle only goes down 1/3 of the way.

I can't believe they're allowed to get away with it tbh.

11-08-2010, 14:23:51

llwyd
SSL over a VPN? Certain 'groups' provide them as part of their subscription services. Used to work for me. It is disgusting that they do it but it's nothing more than a cheap and easy answer to all the pressure on ISPs to do more about piracy and maintaining browsing speeds for the majority over their maxed out hardware and crap contention ratios.

If you look at your exchange on samknows, are there no providers listed as LLU? BT were court ordered to open up the exchanges to other companies hardware, if any of them have enough customers on that exchange they often put their own ADSL2+ gear in there.

11-08-2010, 18:00:55

Bungral
Umm if you were downloading a file at 800k wouldn't that be very nearly right for 7mb/s? Well it would be more like 6.2 but still pretty close.

Unless I read the last part of your post wrong that is, which is quite likely.

11-08-2010, 20:27:19

AlienALX


Umm if you were downloading a file at 800k wouldn't that be very nearly right for 7mb/s? Well it would be more like 6.2 but still pretty close.

Unless I read the last part of your post wrong that is, which is quite likely.




Yes it would be right if the sites were not blocked. I did some pokery testing tonight. I got 780k a sec from EA (I finally got NFS Shift working !) 380k from Hotfile (bastards haven't sussed that one yet) 4k from Rapidshare (and yes, I mainly use that for legal purpose) and nothing from Megaupload at all.

Torrents are now capped at 20k and Steam is capped at around 100.

As I said in my first post, what O2 (and I'm pretty sure it is just O2) have done is throttle the crap out of anything downloadable to butter up their figures and make their internet look fast on a crappy BT non LLU line. This reduces congestion for sure, but at the same time it pretty much rules out even causing congestion in the first place.

Still, if that's their way of dealing with it fair play. I'll be off come October to pastures new. I don't like being lied to, and ISPs are the biggest lying motherf*****s on earth.

A friend of mine is a genius coder. Seriously this guy knows everything about everything. Now he was with Virgin cable the last time I spoke to him and he knew FULL WELL they were capping and traffic shaping him between certain hours. He went through every tier of customer service right up to the network admins and not one of them would admit it. Let's face it, due to his T&C on the contract he was on it would be completely illegal for them to have been capping and shaping him. Time and time again they told him it was just congestion so he coded a program to monitor. Not only did he catch them sending him empty packets to f**k up his downloads but he also noticed that at EXACTLY 11pm every night his speeds all of a sudden boosted back to normal. He confronted them with it and guess what? "It must be a faulty modem you have there, let us send you another"

So they sent him another. And another, and another, and another. In the end he thought it was so much fun he ended up going through about 15 modems. None of them fixed the 'problem' of course because the problem was that his ISP were dirty f*****g liars who did things they were not legally allowed to do.

You see, the way O2 handle it is to call your bluff. They point out that Rapidshare is used for naughty goings on and then refuse to help you with it. In other words they are simply ducking around what they are really doing and that's shaping and blocking. Which you won't find in your contract because it's not there.

12-08-2010, 07:14:25

toonshorty
I'm in the same situation, only 8Mb BT IPStream out here.

I'm with a brilliant ISP - Fantastic speeds (6Mb at 2.6Km from exchange!). They have no port blockers or traffic shaping. Their support is UK based and is excellent (I've had a response time of four mintues at 11PM on a Sunday) My affiliate link can be found here: http://goto.xilo.net/x/167/ - If you don't want to use my link check out http://xilo.net/ however using my link wont affect you at all and gives me a little spare change in my account - I'd be very grateful if you used the link if you were to sign up.

Check out http://www.talktalkm...t/view/142/156/ - It will tell you if your exchange is due for LLU by TalkTalk any time soon. If it says unplanned hover over the question mark for more info. I know TalkTalk suck but XILO sell a package that uses this equipment so you'll be able to get 24Mb with a great ISP.

Also, BT don't do LLU. They install the exchange and possibly their new 21CN network for 24Mb but all the LLU is done by companies like CPW, C&W, O2 and so on.

12-08-2010, 07:21:05

AlienALX
I would sign up but sadly it's a complete ripoff. 50gb usage cap £21.69. That's more than every one else I have looked at.

TBH I'm either going to go with Virgin XL ASDL which is uncapped, unshaped and no fair usage for £35 or just go with Plusnet 60gb cap for £13.

It's going to be all or nothing really. Right now for my £19 I am getting the internet but nothing more, so I would rather pay £13 for that. With Virgin I will either get it all or if it is crap get out of the contract.

12-08-2010, 08:12:24

toonshorty


I would sign up but sadly it's a complete ripoff. 50gb usage cap £21.69. That's more than every one else I have looked at.

TBH I'm either going to go with Virgin XL ASDL which is uncapped, unshaped and no fair usage for £35 or just go with Plusnet 60gb cap for £13.

It's going to be all or nothing really. Right now for my £19 I am getting the internet but nothing more, so I would rather pay £13 for that. With Virgin I will either get it all or if it is crap get out of the contract.




They're very expensive but they're worth it.

http://www.ispreview.co.uk/review/top10.php

Rated 2nd best in the UK at the moment, usually first though.

I've heard some really bad things about Virgin ADSL too, I'd avoid them personally.

Look at some reviews on ispreview.

12-08-2010, 13:35:06

Bungral
Can't believe they are actually capping you and have even blocked sites. That's crazy.

27-10-2010, 19:18:19

milka
I've just been searching to find a better ISP, cause I'm really fed up with Virgin Media!

I stumbled upon this: http://www.smithmediagroup.co.uk

Their "flexi broadband" package is £24.95 (although they do charge a connection fee).

It is non LLU and even though you'll only get the maximum speed possible depending on your line, up to 24MB, at least they won't block any sites and they have no fair usage policy, i.e. unlimited usage! :)
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