Intel to release three Sandy Bridge Pentium processors on May 22

Once the backbone of Intel's desktop processor lineup, the Pentium brand has since become a value line, sitting between the budget Celeron family and the better performing Core i3 series. Now the chip giant is refreshing its Pentiums with a trio of new CPUs based on the Sandy Bridge platform, releasing them on May 22 according to Fudzilla.

Once the backbone of Intel's desktop processor lineup, the Pentium brand has since become a value line, sitting between the budget Celeron family and the better performing Core i3 series. Now the chip giant is refreshing its Pentiums with a trio of new CPUs based on the Sandy Bridge platform, releasing them on May 22 according to Fudzilla.

All three new dual-core processors will sell at wholesale for between $50 and $100. The 2.6GHz Pentium G620 will sell for $64, while the Pentium G840 runs at 2.8GHz and costs $75. The fastest of the three, the G850, runs at 2.9GHz and will be priced at $86. Each comes with 3MB of L3 cache and integrated HD graphics, and uses the new Socket 1155. They will compete against AMD's Athlon II processors for those looking for a little more performance than a bare-bone system using a Celeron CPU.

Anyone out there still use a Pentium processor in their PC? Do you think they represent a good value for a sub-$100 CPU? Let us know in the Comments section.

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