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Intel's Ivy Bridge Core i3 Details Leaked

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With Ivy Bridge set to launch in just a few months' time (April), we are now learning a little more about the specifications for the upcoming Core i3 processors.

In December, we got our first information on Ivy Bridge's specifications for its Core i7 and Core i5 processors. In a recently leaked slide coming out of website Zol.com.cn, we get an early picture of Ivy Bridge's Core i3 specifications.

Taking a look at Intel's standard Core i3 series, we start with the Core i3 3240. It has a base clock speed of 3.4 GHz with 2 cores (4 threads) with no turbo boost and a TDP of 55W. Intel has kept the cache at the same level as with Sandy Bridge, but the memory support has been bumped to 1333 and 1600MHz. The Core i3 3240 uses Intel's HD Graphics 2500, not the newer HD 4000 seen with some of other models.

Next in line is the Core i3 3225, which has a base clock speed of 3.3 GHz with 2 cores (4 threads) with no turbo boost and a TDP of 55W. As is the trend on Sandy Bridge, CPU model numbers with a 5 at the end utilize the higher-end integrated graphics. The Core i3 3225 follows the same trend with the use of Intel's HD Graphics 4000. The Core i3 3220 has the same specifications as the i3 3225 but uses Intel's HD Graphics 2500.

Image Leaked by Zol.com.cnImage Leaked by Zol.com.cn

Next, we take a look at Intel's Core i3 T (ultra low power with 35-45W TDP) models. The Core i3 3240T has a base clock speed of 3.0 GHz with 2 cores (4 threads) with no turbo boost and a TDP of 35W. It utilizes Intel's HD Graphics 2500. The Core i-3 3220T has the same specifications as the i3 3240T but has a base clock speed of 2.80 GHz. The Core i3 T models have the cache at the same level as with Sandy Bridge, but the memory support has been bumped to 1333 and 1600MHz like with the standard Core i3 models.

Image Leaked by Zol.com.cnImage Leaked by Zol.com.cn

All the leaked slides suggest the new Core i3 series doesn't offer PCIe Gen 3.0 support. We are not sure if the information is incomplete or if Intel has a reason behind not providing PCIe Gen 3.0 support for its new Core i3 series. Personally, I think this would a bad move (if true) by Intel for the end-user. This would mean end-users who want to build a system based on a dual-core setup with a higher-end motherboard would not have PCIe Gen 3.0 support. They would need to purchase either a Core i7 or Core i5 processor to gain PCIe Gen 3 support for their systems. Please keep in mind, of course, that these specifications are from a leaked source. We won't know for sure until Intel shares official information, so be sure to stay tuned.

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    Anonymous , February 16, 2012 7:17 PM
    Wolley74i would love to see an unlocked i3 sometime, budget overclocking would be a huge incentive to buy an i3


    Unless AMD starts being competitive don't see that happening.
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    noblerabbit , February 16, 2012 7:29 PM
    masterofevil22Intel with CPU's and AMD with GPU's right now are MOVING the technology bar at a rapid pace... Love it


    and then came the next iPad .... (slows everything down for another year) gawd dammit.
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    warezme , February 16, 2012 7:08 PM
    A gamer building a system is unlikely to be considering an i3 as a processor of choice so the lack of PCIe Gen 3 wouldn't really matter. Considering current Gen 2 PCIe is capable of handling the bandwidth of all but the most extreme of devices.
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    warezme , February 16, 2012 7:08 PM
    A gamer building a system is unlikely to be considering an i3 as a processor of choice so the lack of PCIe Gen 3 wouldn't really matter. Considering current Gen 2 PCIe is capable of handling the bandwidth of all but the most extreme of devices.
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    stellato12 , February 16, 2012 7:11 PM
    WTB Core i3-32xxK!
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    SteelCity1981 , February 16, 2012 7:13 PM
    Can intel now please get rid of the Pentium and Celeron brandings in Ivy Bridge. I mean seriously do we still need both of these brandings anymore, when you can just combine them and turn them into low grade Core i3's....
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    wolley74 , February 16, 2012 7:14 PM
    i would love to see an unlocked i3 sometime, budget overclocking would be a huge incentive to buy an i3
  • 21 Hide
    Anonymous , February 16, 2012 7:17 PM
    Wolley74i would love to see an unlocked i3 sometime, budget overclocking would be a huge incentive to buy an i3


    Unless AMD starts being competitive don't see that happening.
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    masterofevil22 , February 16, 2012 7:17 PM
    Intel with CPU's and AMD with GPU's right now are MOVING the technology bar at a rapid pace... Love it :D 
  • 2 Hide
    Onus , February 16, 2012 7:24 PM
    Prices?
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    noblerabbit , February 16, 2012 7:29 PM
    masterofevil22Intel with CPU's and AMD with GPU's right now are MOVING the technology bar at a rapid pace... Love it


    and then came the next iPad .... (slows everything down for another year) gawd dammit.
  • 8 Hide
    pubic_lice , February 16, 2012 7:40 PM
    35W TDP...nice!
    If the price is right, thats going to be an attractive option for HTPC machines over the G620T.
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    RealBeast , February 16, 2012 7:45 PM
    noblerabbitand then came the next iPad .... (slows everything down for another year) gawd dammit.

    I actually considered buying an iPad 3 (which I assume will be released Feb 29) the other day when my old iPod locked up on a flight and the guy next to to me played slots the whole way on his ancient iPad.

    Doh, and I don't even text message because nobody I know has anything important to say. Flying enough to be Exec Plat on AA, I need a diversion to ignore the crappy service, so I'll probably get sucked down the rabbit hole.
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    unther , February 16, 2012 7:48 PM
    the odds of someone actually using these CPUs with a high end motherboard that supports PCIE 3.0 is very slim IMO. Someone who puts out the money for a system that needs the bandwidth that PCIE 3.0 will likely put out the money for a Intel CPU that supports that interface.

    On the other hand this is a opportunity for AMD because Intel does not support PCIe 3.0 with their low end CPUs they can offer it in their low end models and possibly get some more customers their way. Right now the only way for AMD to fight Intel is on the value front, and to support PCIe 3.0 with their lower end CPUs could add more value to their line up. Of course this is all speculation.
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    verbalizer , February 16, 2012 7:58 PM
    not enough options for me.
    looks like I'm standing pat with my 2500K.
    wondering about Haswell now.
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    A Bad Day , February 16, 2012 8:14 PM
    noblerabbitand then came the next iPad .... (slows everything down for another year) gawd dammit.


    And meanwhile, Microsoft and Sony continue to sit on their 2005's era (dinosaur era aka) computers and hold off releasing new consoles as long as possible...
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    bawchicawawa , February 16, 2012 8:31 PM
    Nty, rather have trinity.
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    verbalizer , February 16, 2012 8:42 PM
    Quote:
    Nty, rather have trinity.

    Trinity, she does look hot in the Matrix movies.... :p 
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    Stardude82 , February 16, 2012 8:43 PM
    bawchicawawaNty, rather have trinity.


    Really, after seeing Bulldozer?
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2012 9:03 PM
    "Ivy is just a die shrink of Sandy, neither will be a significant upgrade for you as you already have a 2600K "

    It's not just a die shrink. Intel always adds a few features here and there. Supposedly 15% faster and uses less power. That is a pretty significant upgrade. Supposedly faster quicksync and up to 300% faster integrated graphics but someone with a 2600K isn't abuot to use integrated graphics.
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    maxinexus , February 16, 2012 9:08 PM
    These tables look like a bad photoshop job.
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    dgingeri , February 16, 2012 9:26 PM
    I find it interesting it shows the i5 3550 and 3570 have HT and 8 thread support. Anyone else notice that?
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    aznshinobi , February 16, 2012 9:35 PM
    -_-, AMD needs a Jeremy Lin on their development team...
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