Intel Phases Out 10 More Mobile Sandy Bridge Processors

The following models are affected:

- Core i7-2720QM (BGA and PGA)
- Core i7-2657M
- Core i7-2617M
- Core i7-2629M
- Core i7-2649M
- Core i7-2920XM
- Core i7-2820QM
- Core i7-2760QM
- Core i7-2860QM

According to the product change notification, these processors can be ordered until February 18, 2013. Last tray shipments are scheduled for August 13, 2013. Shipments for boxed processors will be available until supply lasts.

The change affects all mobile i7 processor price ranges from $1,096 (2920XM) to $346 (2629M) and is apparent move to transition the product portfolio to the 22 nm Ivy Bridge generation. Intel has become increasingly effective to shift its processor offering to newer manufacturing processes. The only 45 nm chips currently available are some Atom CPUs, the Xeon 7500 series as well as all Itanium processors.

 

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  • teh_chem
    Incremental upgrades FTW!

    I could almost understand phasing in the new CPUs if every IB CPU had the HD4K GPU chipset. But with only offering the HD2500 on a lot of the low-to-mid range CPUs (where the HD4K would actually make sense), they're not really giving the users a lot of value, or much of a reason to upgrade.
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  • blazorthon
    teh_chemIncremental upgrades FTW!I could almost understand phasing in the new CPUs if every IB CPU had the HD4K GPU chipset. But with only offering the HD2500 on a lot of the low-to-mid range CPUs (where the HD4K would actually make sense), they're not really giving the users a lot of value, or much of a reason to upgrade.


    All of the CPUs that replace these ones would have HD 4000. Besides, Intel is more into promoting Nvidia graphics cards on their low end laptops and their low end desktop CPUs wouldn't have a whole lot of use for HD 4000 when anyone whom uses them for gaming and such would get a discrete card at the least (even i3s are far too high end to be wasted on anything weaker than a Radeon 6750; leave the lower end graphics for lower end CPUs that also cost less) and anyone who doesn't go for gaming should be more than satisfied with the HD 2500.
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  • bustapr
    an i7 laptop is more likely to have nvidia graphics than to use the on-die hd4000/hd2500. if youre getting an i7 laptop without discrete graphics, youre probably doing something wrong.
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