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Intel Launches Sandy Bridge Pentiums

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Five years ago, there was some speculation that Intel would kill its Pentium brand and all the negative perceptions that resulted because of the power-hungry Netburst processors.

However, Intel decided to move Pentium downmarket and it appears that the brand will also survive the Sandy Bridge generation of processors.

The company quietly launched four Sandy Bridge chips as the Pentium G600/G800 series as offerings for entry-level desktop PCs. The G620 (dual-core, 3MB cache, 2.6 GHz), G840 (dual-core, 3MB cache, 2.8 GHz) and G850 (dual-core, 3MB cache, 2.9 GHz) are positioned as general processors, while the 2.2 GHz G620T (dual-core, 3MB cache) is a low-power option. Prices start at $64 (2.6 GHz) and end at $86 (2.9 GHz).

As before, it is virtually impossible for consumers to decrypt the sequence number and understand what exact product they are buying. Given the confusion created by 12 different desktop product families, 32 nm and 45 nm versions as well as multiple architectures, it is surprising that even Intel can still keep track and figure out what processor is exactly what. The company currently offers 70 different desktop processor models.

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    oparadoxical_ , May 23, 2011 10:47 PM
    Their naming scheme (or lack thereof) makes my head hurt. They really need to figure out a good solid naming scheme that actually makes sense and that consumers can easily understand.
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    crewton , May 23, 2011 10:35 PM
    It's all about the Pentiums baby
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    Anonymous , May 23, 2011 10:35 PM
    NOOO!!!!
  • 10 Hide
    crewton , May 23, 2011 10:35 PM
    It's all about the Pentiums baby
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    oparadoxical_ , May 23, 2011 10:47 PM
    Their naming scheme (or lack thereof) makes my head hurt. They really need to figure out a good solid naming scheme that actually makes sense and that consumers can easily understand.
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    warezme , May 23, 2011 10:50 PM
    its easy to advise the general consumer, anything celeron or pentium is the uber slow cheap version of whatever new technology there is. Don't buy it.
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    fullofzen , May 23, 2011 10:51 PM
    Looking forward to reading about how these bench against the SB i3s or the Athlons at the $60-$90 prices. Any predictions based on the specs above?

    I wonder if these are strictly intended for large-scale OEMs or if they will be available boxed for retail...
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    c0oim4n , May 23, 2011 10:51 PM
    ^+1

    AMD has the naming scheme perfect, and it's something Intel should do too. It would make everybody's lives A LOT easier
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    c0oim4n , May 23, 2011 10:52 PM
    (+1 is at oparadoxical_)
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    gcaughey , May 23, 2011 10:56 PM
    We need an Intel cpu matrix.
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    reggieray , May 23, 2011 10:57 PM
    Ah I remember my first Pentium, a Pentium 1 running at 60 MHz, yes MHz young readers. My neighbor was envious at the speed I could run Doom II.
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    ProDigit10 , May 23, 2011 11:00 PM
    so, it's their Celeron line with an embedded GPU?
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    Stardude82 , May 23, 2011 11:03 PM
    From the i3 2100, my guess is that the new Pentiums will be 30% more efficient per core. That G620 should preform somewhere around a PII X2 550 or an E8500. I'm sure they've also cut out some features, but it should really put pressure on Athlon II prices which seem to be up lately.

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    FrozenPie , May 23, 2011 11:04 PM
    Ok guys I want to build a low cost energy efficient file server. I was previously looking at the AMD Zacate E-350 for a NAS. Would the Pentium G620T ( 35 W ) be good as well for a FreeNAS zfs setup?
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    jitpublisher , May 23, 2011 11:08 PM
    ReggieRayAh I remember my first Pentium, a Pentium 1 running at 60 MHz, yes MHz young readers. My neighbor was envious at the speed I could run Doom II.

    Doom 2, yeah! My friend had the 60mhz Pentium, I ran out and bought an Intel DX4-100mhz overdrive processor to replace my "aging" DX33 and brought Doom 2 up to playable levels. Those were the days.
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    Stardude82 , May 23, 2011 11:12 PM
    c0oim4n^+1AMD has the naming scheme perfect, and it's something Intel should do too. It would make everybody's lives A LOT easier


    AMD had the perfect naming scheme until it came out with the Athlon II X4 650 and called it the Phenom II X4 840.
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    Stardude82 , May 23, 2011 11:16 PM
    Quote:
    Ok guys I want to build a low cost energy efficient file server. I was previously looking at the AMD Zacate E-350 for a NAS. Would the Pentium G620T ( 35 W ) be good as well for a FreeNAS zfs setup?


    The Zacate should still come out cheaper and lower power. The Pentium is in an entirely different league, but probably should be considered if you are going to do anything more involved than file serving.
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    Anonymous , May 23, 2011 11:41 PM
    oh come now haven't the Apple folks taught them anything yet, they almost got it with the i7, i5 and i3 stuff, it should be iPentium
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    aznguy0028 , May 23, 2011 11:46 PM
    jitpublisherDoom 2, yeah! My friend had the 60mhz Pentium, I ran out and bought an Intel DX4-100mhz overdrive processor to replace my "aging" DX33 and brought Doom 2 up to playable levels. Those were the days.

    lol, wow, talk about old school. i didn't pick up my first comp till the p2 233mhz :)  i still remember my friend having the 333mhz chip later on, and he was taunting me :( 
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    verbalizer , May 23, 2011 11:48 PM
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    AMD had the perfect naming scheme until it came out with the Athlon II X4 650 and called it the Phenom II X4 840.

    ^+1
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    palladin9479 , May 24, 2011 1:04 AM
    FrozenPieOk guys I want to build a low cost energy efficient file server. I was previously looking at the AMD Zacate E-350 for a NAS. Would the Pentium G620T ( 35 W ) be good as well for a FreeNAS zfs setup?


    I've answered the question many times over in the storage forums. If your going to build your own low power box then look into making a Via Nano mini-ITX server and coupling it with a mediasonic external RAID enclosure. It'll come out at the same price point if not a little cheaper then your professional $650 "NAS" box's and offer you a whole lot more features / functionality.
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    f-gomes , May 24, 2011 1:07 AM
    stardude82From the i3 2100, my guess is that the new Pentiums will be 30% more efficient per core. That G620 should preform somewhere around a PII X2 550 or an E8500. I'm sure they've also cut out some features, but it should really put pressure on Athlon II prices which seem to be up lately.


    If the G620 performs anywhere close to my E8500, then it is time to upgrade. I guess it won't.
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