3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 10, 2012 11:12 AM by fractaler

    i7-3820 bundled with non-Intel board by newegg . . . WHY?


      Why is Intel selling Newegg i7-3820 processors so they can bundle them with an Intel competitor's board?  This is especially annoying to someone who just bought an Intel DX79SI just 5 days ago.  It also explains why I discovered it says "replacement only return policy" for the DX79SI, which makes it impossible to return the  board and buy the newegg combo.


      Any suggestions for where I can buy an i7-3820 at a good price?

        • 1. Re: i7-3820 bundled with non-Intel board by newegg . . . WHY?

          If you live near a Microcenter they have them. Also if you look at 'all' the bundle combos on Newegg you can get the i7 3820 with a $20 item. 

          • 2. Re: i7-3820 bundled with non-Intel board by newegg . . . WHY?

            That is an unusual question. Any mother board that uses an Intel CPU, is an Intel-only CPU compatible board, and uses the Intel chipset required by that platform's CPU. The chipset is one of and usually is the most expensive single device/chip on a board (except the CPU.) No one else makes chipsets for use with Intel CPUs except Intel, and mother board manufactures must buy them from Intel. Every mother board sold that uses an Intel CPU means money for Intel, whether or not Intel made the board. The more boards sold that need Intel CPUs, the more money Intel makes.


            Intel sends any mother board manufacture that requests it, the "engineering samples" of new CPUs and chipsets long before the CPUs are available to the public. That way, they can design and build new boards before the CPUs are released, so they are ready when the CPUs are on sale. The other mother board manufactures are Intel's customers first, and as their competitors, a distant second.


            Newegg's mother board return policy is the same for all board manufactures. Yes, the ever changing prices and deals can be frustrating.

            • 3. Re: i7-3820 bundled with non-Intel board by newegg . . . WHY?

              I bought a NEWEGG (CYBERPOWERPC) BUNDLE. it was packaged with an ASROCK EXTREME4. This is an X79 board. The only issue I have is that the bios was incompatible (according to ASROCK) for use with the new 3820. It required an upgrade to v1.6. They recommended upgrading to v1.7 as that was available. So far, all appears solid.