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     Sandy Bridge: +4 Pentium et +3 Core i3/i5
      Posted on 23/05/2011 at 09:33 by Marc
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    Intel used the weekend to update its price list. While there are unfortunately no price cuts to report, there are no fewer than seven new Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 CPU models listed:

    1/ The Core i5-2310. Clocked at 2.9 GHz, against 2.8 GHz for the i5-2300 and 3.1 GHz for the i5-2400, it is priced at $177, the same as the i5-2300. The i5-2400 still costs $184, against $205 for the i5-2500 and $216 for the i5-2500K

    2/ The Core i3-2105. This CPU is equiped with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 IGP instead of the 2000 used with the i3-2100. Reserved until now for the “K” range CPUs, the HD 3000 is overpriced as you’ll have to add an extra $17 onto the price of the i3-2100 for a total of $134.

    3/ The Core i5-2405S. This is another version of the 2400S (2.5 GHz, TDP of 65W) equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 3000. It comes at a $10 premium ($205).

    4/ The Pentium G620T, G620, G840 and G850. Sandy Bridge is finally becoming more accessible with models starting at $64. There are however many limitations on these models in comparison to the Core i3s, with no HyperThreading or AVX. QuickSync and Clear Video HD decoding are also absent from the IGP. AES-NI instructions, already removed from the Core i3s, are not supported.


    Although the arrival of Intel HD Graphics in version 3000 on more affordable processors is to be appreciated, we can only regret the additional cost asked by Intel for what is only an IGP: sure, there’s a 40% gain on the 2000, but 140% of not much remains pretty slim. The low end Sandy Bridge models are a positive of course, but the limitations introduced in terms of instruction sets, which are only designed to increase Intel’s sacrosanct segmentation artificially, are to be regretted.


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