While LGA1155 has been a success, it remains expensive with Intel’s official pricing for the cheapest processor in the range, the Core i3-2100, at $117.
This should change soon with the launch of four Pentium LGA 1155s this month, the Pentium G620T, G620, G840 and G850. These CPUs differ mainly from the Core i3s by the fact that they don’t have HyperThreading and are clocked lower. They are also priced from $64 to $86. In addition they aren’t likely to support AVX instructions, not necessarily a happy limitation as far as we’re concerned.
In the course of the third quarter, Intel will bring out the Celeron G440, G530 and G540 further down the Sandy Bridge range. The first is a single core CPU and the two others are dual core. The G530 and G540 differ mainly from the Pentium G6xxs by the lower CPU clock, the lower IGP clock in Turbo mode and the 2 MB L3 cache down from 3 MB.