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Since just about every sandybridge CPU (thats unlocked) can hit 4ghz with ease, why doesnt intel make any CPUs that are stock at 4ghz and simply include a better cooler and charge more for it? It seems like it would be fairly easy for them to do.
    
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Lower clock speeds=better yeilds through less rigorous binning. Price point(computed with long sales/corporate algorithms) for selling quantity of processors is greater than those of quality(w/higher clock speeds).
 
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Lower clock speeds=better yeilds through less rigorous binning. Price point(computed with long sales/corporate algorithms) for selling quantity of processors is greater than those of quality(w/higher clock speeds).
yea but they dont have to thorw out the CPUs that are not up to spec, they can just turn down their clock speed and sell them as cheaper/slower CPUs.

Intel used to charge like $1000 for "extreme" CPUs so why dont they just do the 4ghz thing and call them extreme?
    
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yea but they dont have to thorw out the CPUs that are not up to spec, they can just turn down their clock speed and sell them as cheaper/slower CPUs.

Intel used to charge like $1000 for "extreme" CPUs so why dont they just do the 4ghz thing and call them extreme?
If you do that, which is another aspect of marketing... it creates a polar market from which there is no middle range product. Higher binned vs lower(reaching threshold vs not), and depending on the efficiencies not enough high(er) ranged CPU to profit. Therefore, hardly justifying R&D cost and market propulsion.
 
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post #5 of 9
They do have bigger heatsinks for the 980x and some xeons.
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I was running 4.3Ghz on the dinky stock cooler for a couple days which worked fine since my voltage was actually below stock
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Probably so they can introduce higher clocked models if the competition actually brings something to the table this time.

Neither Intel nor AMD are about sheer performance and clock speed anymore, they're all racing to get as much performance as they can while using the least amount of power. Intels new chips are doing very well in the power vs consumption area.

The money is in servers and laptops now
    
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I think they don't release because there is no need. Amd doesn't give them much competition. Amd's top offering vs intels mid range is not good for consumers who want more power. Do you think a 980x is worth $700+ more than the 2500k? Sheer performance doesn't make up the cost. I am really hoping that bulldozer gives sandy bridge a run for it's money. That way I can get more performance for cheap.
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When %99 of buyers are pleased by what they're making now, why would intel take the expense of producing higher-end coolers and testing for faster chips? They wouldn't sell any more chips, and their overhead would go up quite a bit.
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