Intel retires Core i7 Bloomfield chips
There’s no doubt that the computer field moves ahead at a really fast pace but sometimes it is really funny to find out that a long forgotten processor has been in production until yesterday. This was the case with the famous Intel 80386 and 80486 processors produced until the year 2007 and now this is the case with the Core i7 Bloomfield chips that debuted back in 2008 and put the Intel Core family on a solid ground.
As with everything else old stuff has to go and Intel has officially announced that starting on December 30, 2013 the boxed Core i7-930, Core i7-950 and Core i7-960 are no longer available for purchase or ordering and end users or corporate users can no longer obtain such chips in an official way that does not involve looking at online auction sites. Instead the company now asks all people interested in the Bloomfield platform to look for more advanced processors.
The news is not a surprise as more advanced and more powerful chips for the same money have been available from Intel for a long time. Add the already discontinued Core i7-920 processor, which was a huge hit in the 2008-2010 time period and you will get the picture.
Not all hope is lost though – if you want to get a first generation Core i7 chip you will likely find one online for a decent price so there’s still some life left in the old LGA 1366 platform.