Intel launches its Ivy Bridge Core i3s and Pentium
Written by Marc Prieur
Two low energy consumption versions have been launched:
- Core i3-3240T: 2.9 GHz, HD Graphics 2500, 35W, $138
- Core i3-3220T: 2.8 GHz, HD Graphics 2500, 35W, $117
This time Intel has kept the same thermal envelope as for the i3-2120T (2.6 GHz and $117), though the clocks have gone up.
The Pentiums have also been brought out in Ivy Bridge versions, with two models:
- Pentium G2120: 3.1 GHz, HD Graphics, 55W, $86
- Pentium G2100T: 2.6 GHz, HD Graphics, 35W, $75
In comparison to the Core i3s the Pentiums, remember, don’t have Hyperthreading, AVX, QuickSync or Clear Video HD. Here again there’s not really any improvement in the price/performance ratio in comparison to the old range because while the Sandy Bridge G870 3.1 GHz was priced at $86 before this launch, it is now priced at $75. The G2100T is however at the same price and has the same clock as the G860T. Intel has taken the opportunity of introducing the Pentium G645s and G555s to the Sandy Bridge range. Right at the bottom of the range a new single core Celeron with 1.5 MB of L3 cache has made its appearance with a clock of 1.9 GHz. This is the Celeron G465, priced at $37.
Note finally the arrival of two new Ivy Bridge Core i5s. The Core i5-3350P and the Core i5-3330, on sale at $177 and $182 respectively. The first is a version of the Core i5-3450 ($184) with its IGP deactivated and a less powerful Turbo. The second has an HD Graphics 2500 module but is only clocked at 3 GHz. It’s also possible that its Turbo might be lower. Nothing transcendental then, given the small price difference between the existing versions!
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