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Monday, 29 November 2010 08:31

Intel's Sandy Bridge dated and priced

Written by Slobodan Simic

Full list with prices

Although we have been writing about Intel's Sandy Bridge lineup for quite some time, the guys from Expreview managed to score a full list of upcoming Sandy Bridge CPUs including the release date and the launch price.

The specifications are pretty much what we have been writing for a while and there are no surprises. The interesting details is that Intel only plans to launch its quad-cores on 9th of January while the rest of the lineup should follow up in late February and in Q2 2011 for some Pentium branded models.

The quad-core linup includes three Core i7 models, and seven Core i5 models, including the Core i7-2600K, 2600, 2600S and four different Core i5-2500 models and Core i5 2400S, 2400, and Core i5-2300. The top-notch Core i7-2600K will be priced at US $317 while the top Core i5-2500K will have a US $216 price tag.

The Core i3 models are scheduled for 20th of February and it looks like Intel plans to launch four models, rangin from 2.5GHz tto 3.3GHz. All of the Core i3 Models will be dual-core, four-thread models with 3MB of cache. The top offer is the Core i3-2390T working at 2.7GHz with 3.5GHz Turbo and a 35W TDP, as well as the Core i3-2120 working at 3.3GHz but with a slightly higher 65W TDP.

The some sort of novelty are the Pentium branded dual core models and according to the Expreview list, the first one is the Pentium G620T, clocked at 2.2GHz with 3MB of cache and a 35W TDP. This one will come out on 27th of February, have a US $70 price tag and will be followed by by three more Pentium models slated for Q2 2011.

You can check out the full post here.

Last modified on Monday, 29 November 2010 09:43
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+6 #1 JAB Creations 2010-11-29 10:44
The 16x lanes for socket 1155 are now actually PCI-E 2.0 lanes versus PCI-E 1.0 lanes so for folks dead bent on buying Intel CPU's they will be able to actually use one or two PCI-E 1x slots in addition to one or two double slot GPU's.

It's still going to be limited to quad cores with hyperthreading at best while Bulldozer CPU's will have upwards of 8-12 cores and cost roughly the same. In fact even less because you can take a current socket AM3 and drop it in an AM3+ mobo to reduce long term costs. Intel decided to not completely gimp this socket though so it's actually somewhat worth buying if you never plan on upgrading it, just don't expect more then four cores as Intel has reserved that for sockets 1366 and 2011.
+2 #2 JAB Creations 2010-11-29 10:46
An actually sweet/affordable Intel mobo and it's Gigabyte with a lot of USB 3.0 ports. Here is your linkage:

Just keep in mind that Intel wants to kill USB and replace it with light peak hence why they keep delaying USB support even though they clearly have the resources to implement it.
+2 #3 milkod2001 2010-11-29 12:02
[quote name="JAB Creations"]An actually sweet/affordable Intel mobo and it's Gigabyte with a lot of USB 3.0 ports. Here is your linkage:

that mobo sure is great BUT for 340$ it's not really sweet/affordable mobo my friend, you need to find something in 150/200$ price range, that would be better option for sweet/affordable.

Also Bulldozer CPU will not work on current AMD mobos.

i5 2500K looks like the ONE to get
+3 #4 JAB Creations 2010-11-29 12:18
Quoting milkod2001:
that mobo sure is great BUT for 340$ it's not really sweet/affordable

Ah! I didn't spot that! :-*

You wouldn't want to drop an AM3+ chip in to an AM3 motherboard any way, it's better to use an older AM3 chip and wait until prices and more mature stepping are released.
+5 #5 arclight 2010-11-29 13:31
From what i noticed, Intel is holding back on the frequencies, probably for higher yields. Also if i understood right all non K series will be locked (you will not be able to overclock them).
As far as prices go i won't comment just yet, i'll wait untill i see them listed online. From experience i can say they will be alot more expensive in my country due to VAT alone.

I still wanna see them benched and find out how the low and mid end stacks up against current offerings from both sides.
Right now i could buy a Core i3 540 but when i add up the price of the mobo i realize that a AMD quad core+mobo costs the same making the Intel sollution pale in comparison.
Regardless of opinions Q1 2011 will surely be interesting for a computer geek looking for upgrades.
+2 #6 arclight 2010-11-29 14:04
Proff that a dual core Core i3+ mobo costs about the same as a AMD quad core+mobo (in my country):

Core i3 540 449 RON
784 RON Intel solution

AMD Phenom II 945 125W 503 RON
762 AMD solution
1Euro = ~ 4,2 RON
And as i said before i feel like Intel is holding back on frequencies altough their CPUs will be capable of achieving far higher clocks.
+7 #7 loadwick 2010-11-29 16:50
I agree with the people that are comparing Bulldozer against mid-range Sandy Bridge, i think at stock speeds they will be fairly competitive with one another. But i just don't understand why some people seem to be getting excited that the very best AMD has to offer, an 8-core CPU, might be able to beat Intel's mid-range 4-core CPUs.

The biggest issue for AMD is that in a perfect world Bulldozer would have been out 2 years ago. And the CPU world has moved on in those 2 years. I am sure there have tweaks and improvements to what would have come out 2 years ago but all the same, a product this late is going to be starting on the back foot from the get-go....
-2 #8 loadwick 2010-11-29 16:51
...As always, the battle will be on the value front and i hope AMD can again deliver like it has been doing for so long. As for me, Intel’s 'K' variants seem to be priced pretty fairly. I think locking the overclocking to just those chips is going to annoy a lot of people but also make Intel an awful lot of money. No more turning an $80 chip into a $600 beast, if you want the performance you have to pay for it. Time to buy Intel shares!!
0 #9 yasin 2010-11-29 18:35
Quoting JAB Creations:
An actually sweet/affordable Intel mobo and it's Gigabyte with a lot of USB 3.0 ports. Here is your linkage:

while perhaps not that affordable, its a sweet looking mobo nonetheless.
-3 #10 DJDestiny 2010-11-30 06:03
Quoting arclight:

You are quoting wrong prices there .
A i3 - 560 costs the same as a 955 BE here , at least ..

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