Intel Releases New Sandy Bridge Processorsby Andrew Cunningham on September 6, 2011 12:30 PM EST
Intel has announced a total of 16 new Sandy Bridge processors today, augmenting its lineup in the mid and low-end markets on the desktop and in the high and low-end markets on laptops.
On the desktop side, we have four new Core-series processors, one i5 (the 2320) along with three i3s (the 2130, 2125, and 2120T. Along with these comes three new Pentium processors (the G860, G630, and G630T) and four low-end Celerons (the G540, G530, G530T, and G440). The G440 has the dubious honor of being the only single-core Sandy Bridge of which I am aware.
|New Sandy Bridge Desktop CPUs|
|Name||Cores/Threads||CPU Clock||L3 Cache||GPU||GPU Clock||TDP||Price|
|i5-2320||4/4||3.0 GHz (3.3GHz Turbo)||6MB||HD 2000||850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo)||95W||$177|
|i3-2130||2/4||3.4 GHz||3MB||HD 2000||850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo)||65W||$138|
|i3-2125||2/4||3.3GHz||3MB||HD 3000||850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo)||65W||$134|
|i3-2120T||2/4||2.6GHz||3MB||HD 2000||650 MHz (1100 MHz turbo)||35W||$127|
|Pentium G860||2/2||3.0GHz||3MB||HD||850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo)||65W||$86|
|Pentium G630||2/2||2.7GHz||3MB||HD||850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo)||65W||$75|
|Pentium G630T||2/2||2.3GHz||3MB||HD||650 MHz (1100 MHz turbo)||35W||$70|
|Celeron G540||2/2||2.5GHz||2MB||HD||850 MHz (1000 MHz turbo)||65W||$52|
|Celeron G530||2/2||2.4GHz||2MB||HD||850 MHz (1000 MHz turbo)||65W||$42|
|Celeron G530T||2/2||2.0GHz||2MB||HD||650 MHz (1100 MHz turbo)||35W||$47|
|Celeron G440||1/1||1.6GHz||1MB||HD||650 MHz (1000 MHz turbo)||35W||$37|
Most of these processors are simple clock bumps of existing processors and their energy-effecient T-series counterparts. What's new here is the Celeron series of processors, most of which sacrifice 100 MHz of GPU Turbo speed and another MB of L3 cache compared to their Pentium counterparts (according to CPU World's listings, VT-x and EM64T remain available on all models). It's also important to remember here that the HD-series graphics has nothing to do with Intel's last-gen IGP - in Sandy Bridge models, the HD graphics series is basically the HD 2000 series with QuickSync and a few other video features disabled - see our Sandy Bridge Pentium review for more information on this.
The new laptop CPUs are fewer in number, and aimed at both the high-end and very low-end of the market.
|New Sandy Bridge Laptop CPUs|
|Name||Cores/Threads||CPU Clock||L3 Cache||GPU Clock||TDP||Price|
|i7-2960XM||4/8||2.7 GHz (3.7GHz Turbo)||8MB||650 MHz (1300 MHz turbo)||55W||$1096|
|i7-2860QM||4/8||2.5 GHz (3.6 GHz Turbo)||8MB||650 MHz (1300 MHz turbo)||45W||$568|
|i7-2760QM||4/8||2.4GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo)||6MB||650 MHz (1300 MHz turbo)||45W||$378|
|i7-2640M||2/4||2.8GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo)||4MB||650 MHz (1300 MHz turbo)||35W||$346|
|Celeron B840||2/2||1.9GHz||2MB||650 MHz (950 MHz turbo)||35W||$86|
The Core i7-2960XM is an Extreme Edition processor and is the fastest quad-core chip that Intel currently offers, and it has a pricetag to match. On the other end of the spectrum, the Celeron B840 is a dual-core processor that loses L3 cache and some GPU Turbo speed, though it retains VT-x and the same HD 3000-series GPU that all mobile Sandy Bridge CPUs possess.