Discontinuation program for i7-970 has started this July, and will be fully out of production by 2012.
Intel has announced that their six core Core i7-970 chip will be taken out of production as demand for it has been very less even after price cuts. Launched at the tail end of Summer 2010, the chip runs at 3.2GHz and under ‘Turbo Mode’ can clock up to 3.46GHz. The 32nm part with thermal design power of 130W almost immediately received a significant price drop, and is currently being hawked for somewhere around 2,250 AED, if you can find it in stock.
Now Intel has announced that its Product Discontinuance Program Support for the chip began on 6 July 2011 and will end with the firm shipping the last Core i7-970 chip a year later. For boxed chips, that is to say those in retail packaging, after 27 January 2012 it’ll be first come first served for remaining stocks.