Published: August 12, 2015
The Intel high-end desktop PC segment (“Intel HEDT”) is a space close to the hearts and minds of performance enthusiasts who are willing pay a premium to have the very best performing system. Using data collected from the HWBOT overclocking database, HWinsights examines the historical platform transition from Bloomfield to Haswell-E.
When performance enthusiasts are offered innovative and an enticing new product platform, typically the most affordable and most premium product SKUs will sell well. The Core i7 980X “Gulftown” (first enthusiast six-core) and the Core i7 5960X “Haswell-E” (first enthusiast eight-core) are both highly successful premium models priced at the $1000 (USD) mark. The Core i7 920 and Core i7 5820K are their more popular, affordable counter parts.
When a new platform is not enticing, only a small group of enthusiasts will adopt the new platform, typically purchasing the least expensive full-featured model. For Sandy Bridge-E, the most popular SKU was the Core i7 3930K ($583) and for Ivy Bridge-E the more popular SKU was the Core i7 4930K ($555).
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Table of Contents
- Page 2 – Overview
- Page 2 – Tracking the success of Intel’s HEDT processors
- Page 3 – 2008-2011: Nehalem (Core i7 920 and Core i7 980X)
- Page 4 – 2011-2012: Sandy Bridge-E
- Page 5 – 2013: Ivy Bridge-E
- Page 6 – 2014-2015: Haswell-E
- Page 8 – Supplementary figures
- Figure 1: Intel HEDT series usage by CPU model
- Figure 2: Intel HEDT series value by CPU model
- Figure 3: Intel HEDT series CPU list price at launch and accumulated value