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Intel Reveals 16 New Sandy Bridge CPUs & Price Cuts

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Over the holiday weekend, Intel released 16 new "Sandy Bridge" processors (11 desktop and five mobile), along with price cuts to existing "Sandy Bridge" chips.

Intel released 11 new "Sandy Bridge" processors for the LGA 1155 socket. The release looks to address some price points in the below $100 range and take aim at AMD's "Llano". The Core i3-2125 is one chip designed to take aim directly at the "Llano" with its clock speed of 3.3 GHz and HD 3000 video for around the same price as the current AMD A8-3850 ($134 vs $140). The Core i5-2320 has 4 cores (no HyperThreading), 6 MB of L3 cache, HD 2000 integrated graphics and 95W TDP to lead the pack at the $ 177 price range.

Intel released three new Pentium dual-core chips, include the G630T (@ 2.3 GHz), G630 (@ 2.7 GHz), and G860 (@ 3.0 GHz), with 3 MB of L3 Cache. The G860 and G630 have a TDP of 65W, while the G630T has a TDP of 35W. The three new Celeron dual-core chips, include the G540 (@ 2.5 GHz), G530 (@ 2.4 GHz), and G530T (@ 2.0 GHz), with 2 MB of L3 Cache. The lone single core is the Celeron G440, which is clocked at 1.6 GHz with 1 MB of L3 Cache, 35W TDP at a low price of $37.

New "Sandy Bridge" for the desktop
Model Cores /
Threads
CPU clock /
with turbo
L3
Cache
Graphic Graphics Clock /
with turbo
TDP Price
I5-2320 4 / 4 3.0 / 3.3 GHz 6 MB HD 2000 850 / 1100 MHz 95 W $ 177
I3-2130 2 / 4 3.4 / - GHz 3 MB HD 2000 850 / 1100 MHz 65 W $ 138
I3-2125 2 / 4 3.3 / - GHz 3 MBHD 3000 850 / 1100 MHz 65 W $ 134
I3-2120T 2 / 4 2.6 / - GHz 3 MB HD 2000 650 / 1100 MHz35 W $ 127
Pentium G860 2 / 2 3.0 / - GHz 3 MB HD 850 / 1100 MHz 65 W $ 86
Pentium G630 2 / 2 2.7 / - GHz 3 MB HD 850 / 1100 MHz 65 W $ 75
Pentium G630T 2 / 2 2.3 / - GHz 3 MB HD 650 / 1100 MHz35 W $ 70
Celeron G540 2 / 2 2.5 / - GHz 2 MB HD 850 / 1000 MHz 65 W $ 52
Celeron G530 2 / 2 2.4 / - GHz 2 MB HD 850 / 1000 MHz 65 W $ 42
Celeron G530T 2 / 2 2.0 / - GHz. 2 MB HD 650 / 1100 MHz35 W $ 47
Celeron G4401 / 1 1.6 / - GHz 1 MB HD 650 / 1000 MHz 35 W $ 37

Intel introduces a new extreme performance chip, the Core i7-2960XM, which has 4 cores with HyperThreading (8 threads) and clocked at 2.70 GHz (Turbo enabled to 3.7 GHz). It has 8 MB of L3 cache and 55W TDP, all at a hefty price of $1,096. In addition, two more quad-core processors are added to the line up, the Core i7-2860QM and Core i7-2760QM. The chips feature both HyperThreading (8 threads) and 45W TDP but the Core i7-2760QM comes in at 6 MB of L3 cache. The Core i7-2640M has 2 cores, with HyperThreading (4 threads), 4 MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 35W.The Celeron B840 has 2 cores (lacks HyperThreading) and clocked at 1.90 GHz, with 2 MB of L3 cache and 35W TDP.

New "Sandy Bridge" for Mobile
Model Cores /
Threads
CPU clock /
Turbo
L3 cache GPU clock /
Turbo
TDP Price
Core i7-2960XM 4 / 8 2.7 / 3.7 GHz 8 MB 650 / 1,300 MHz 55 W $ 1,096
Core i7 2860QM 4 / 8 2.5 / 3.6 GHz 8 MB 650 / 1,300 MHz 45 W $ 568
Core i7 2760QM 4 / 8 2.4 / 3.5 GHz 6 MB 650 / 1,300 MHz 45 W $ 378
Core i7-2640m 2 / 4 2.8 / 3.5 GHz 4 MB 650 / 1,300 MHz 35 W $ 346
B840 Celeron 2 / 2 1.9 / - GHz 2 MB 650 / 950 MHz 35 W $ 86

In addition to the release of its new CPUs over the weekend, Intel has announced price cuts for a few current CPUs in the range from 2 to 6 percent. 

Price cuts for "Sandy Bridge" in the desktop
Model Cores /
Threads
CPU clock /
with turbo
L3 cache Graphic old price new price
I5-2390T 2 / 4 2.7 / 3.5 GHz 3 MB HD 2000 $ 195 $ 184
I5-2400S 4 / 4 2.5 / 3.3 GHz 6 MB HD 2000 $ 195 $ 184
I5-2405S 4 / 4 2.5 / 3.3 GHz 6 MB HD 3000 $ 205 $ 201
I5-2500T 4 / 4 2.3 / 3.3 GHz 6 MB HD 2000 $ 216 $ 205
I5-2500S 4 / 4 2.7 / 3.7 GHz 6 MB HD 2000 $ 216 $ 205
Core i7-2600S 4 / 8 2.8 / 3.8 GHz 8 MB HD 2000 $ 306 $ 294
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    mikenygmail , September 6, 2011 4:14 AM
    Irrelevant - September is all about Bulldozer!
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    boiler1990 , September 6, 2011 4:14 AM
    Woo! $10 price cuts!
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    SteelCity1981 , September 6, 2011 6:33 AM
    Intel is such a cluster fudge company when it comes to their cpu marketing. I mean, really do they still need a Celeron or a Pentium anymore.... All that does is confuse the consumor even more, let alone trying to explain to the avg consumor what Core i7, i5 and i3 means. If intel was smart they would kill off the Pentium and Celeron names and use the Core i3 as their base product from now on.
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  • 32 Hide
    mikenygmail , September 6, 2011 4:14 AM
    Irrelevant - September is all about Bulldozer!
  • 28 Hide
    boiler1990 , September 6, 2011 4:14 AM
    Woo! $10 price cuts!
  • 14 Hide
    darkside_gamer7 , September 6, 2011 4:16 AM
    wooopeedeedoo...not really excited...waiting for ivy ladies and gents...
  • 20 Hide
    legacy7955 , September 6, 2011 4:17 AM
    The number of versions they have is MIND BOGGLING to say the least.

    I have to say more choice is better, but maybe if they reduced the number of chip versions they produce maybe they could just offer the best ones for less and still make the same profit?
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    jsc , September 6, 2011 4:39 AM
    No. The chips come off the same lines. If they fail any of the testing, they are simply binned at a lower speed, smaller cache, fewer cores, or higher TDP.

    Better to make some money on a chip than no money. Intel has been doing this since the 386DX days. It's the same thing AMD does with the X2 and X3 chips.
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    jsc , September 6, 2011 4:48 AM
    More thoughts. I agree that there seems to be a lot of versions, but most people just do not care. I do not say this disparagingly, but for most, a PC is an appliance, bought to do something they need or want to do.

    For most of us here, all the versions do not matter either. If budget permits, the decision comes down to which "K" model to get.
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    iam2thecrowe , September 6, 2011 4:48 AM
    bullcrap, no 2500k price cut....ill just keep waiting for bulldozer then....its only a couple more weeks....... And what is the crap with all the suffix letters? why would i pay the same for a 2500t as a 2500s?.... oh, and wheres the K edition i3's? Intel, your giving me nothing that i want and your naming convention is up sh*t creek.
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    fstrthnu , September 6, 2011 4:48 AM
    I was wondering why there were such small price and performance gaps among the Celeron and Pentium processors. IMO, a gap of only $15-20 between the best and worst processor in the family would be pretty ridiculous otherwise. The quality-testing process sure explains a lot
  • 5 Hide
    Zero_ , September 6, 2011 4:49 AM
    meh...
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    beenthere , September 6, 2011 4:50 AM
    AMD has InHell nervous.
  • 11 Hide
    Azn Cracker , September 6, 2011 4:56 AM
    HOLY CRAP!! $10 off!!!??? Im going to camp outside the store for this one!
  • 3 Hide
    4745454b , September 6, 2011 4:59 AM
    Nice to know I'm not the only one confused on the naming "scheme".

    Anyone want to guess why they are pairing some CPUs with HD2000, and others with 3000? Is it just for TDP reasons or ???
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 6, 2011 5:16 AM
    I'm not really interested in any of these processors,may have been once on a tiny case type processor. What I was really looking forward to was some thing larger than the Core i7 2600 or 2600k. Bad Luck!
  • 4 Hide
    bin1127 , September 6, 2011 5:17 AM
    Wooohoo! The I5-2405S is now $201. I think the paperwork to make the change costs more.
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    LuckyDucky7 , September 6, 2011 5:17 AM
    Who cares?

    These processors are all clock-blocked anyways.

    So, we'll take AMD becuase it performs better than the G630 for less, and because you can overclock and unlock it.

    Sorry Intel, but it just doesn't matter with you anymore.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 6, 2011 5:19 AM
    Now I have to wait for the Ivy Bridge processor range,since they're backwards compatible with the cougar point chipset motherboards.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 6, 2011 5:21 AM
    The ivy bridge cpu range will be out next march to april of 2012.
  • 7 Hide
    Anonymous , September 6, 2011 5:54 AM
    What Happened?

    I thought that Intel's multi-billion dollar bribe/threat packages to retailers and manufacturers was enough to stifle AMD's growth?

    INTEL the MONOPOLIST needs to discount chip prices - in addition to bribing and threatening manufacturers - like bribing Dell 6-billion dollars over the last decade?

    STrange.
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    pirateboy , September 6, 2011 5:58 AM
    Bulldozer ftw
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