Intel will be launching four socket Pentium processors based on the 22 nm Ivy Bridge architecture in Q2 of this year. All four Pentiums are dual-core socket LGA1155 chips with integrated video cards with a clock rate of 650 MHz that can be further boosted to 1,050 MHz in "Turbo" mode.
The specifications for the four CPUs are listed below. It is worth noting that none of the processors have support for HyperThreading, and two are "T" variants with a reduced TDP.
|Clock Frequency||3.0 GHz||2.6 GHz||2.7 GHz||3.3 GHz|
|L1 / L3 Cache||1 MB / 3 MB||1 MB / 3 MB||1 MB / 3 MB||1 MB / 3 MB|
|GPU Frequency||650 MHz / 1,050 MHz||650 MHz / 1,050 MHz||650 MHz / 1,050 MHz||650 MHz / 1,050 MHz|
|TDP||55 watts||35 watts||35 watts||55 watts|
Intel has not yet provided any pricing information, but based on the Pentium branding and their overall specifications, we can safely assume that all four CPUs are aimed at the entry-level market.
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Dividing the low end market even more...
I miss the days when you would choose a CPU by it's frequency number:
Pentium III 600 was definitely slower than Pentium III 800
Now ? The numbers are meaningless.
Crappy old stuff does not even support execute disable bit, a very useful safety feature even for the entrance level.
I know right... I remember looking at the ads on sunday and seeing month by month processors going up by 100Mhz... still remember going "wow!" when I saw one of the first computers advertise with 1Ghz processor xD
These Pentiums are Ivy Bridge i3s without Hyper-Threading and sometimes a few other minor differences. They aren't old and they will kick the crap out of even stuff such as Core 2 Duos. Also, they do support execute disable bit.
hydac7This is boring , too many low end models with irrelevant and confusing naming and numbering , how about making something interesting like selling Xeons for the price of an I5 or something ..
Intel does sell some LGA 1155 i7-like Xeons in the i5 price range of somewhat under $200 to somewhat over $200.
wavetrexYawn.Dividing the low end market even more...I miss the days when you would choose a CPU by it's frequency number:Pentium III 600 was definitely slower than Pentium III 800Now ? The numbers are meaningless.
Frequency doesn't mean performance, so marketing CPUs by their frequency wouldn't really matter, especially considering the confusion it would bring up in comparing CPUs of different performance at similar frequencies. The added complication of how Turbo frequency (especially different versions of it) functions would make this even more useless. So, marketing by frequency would be more meaningless than the current numbering system which at least usually gives the generation and a few other pieces of info (meaning that it is in fact not meaningless anyway).
I have been waiting for a cheap upgrade from core 2 duo 3.2GHz. Core 2 quad is still ridiculous overpriced, any dual core isnt exactly beating Core 2 quad yet.
Please stop publishing misinformation.