Intel introduces budget Ivy Bridge Core i3, Pentium desktop processors

Intel introduces budget Ivy Bridge Core i3, Pentium desktop processors

Summary: The chip giant now offers a 22nm desktop chip for under $100, while cutting prices on existing Sandy Bridge budget CPUs.

TOPICS: Intel, PCs

Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors have been well-received, but those in the market for a budget desktop have thus far been out of luck in tapping into their advantages. However, the chip company has just quietly introduced new Core i3 and Pentium Ivy Bridges while dropping the price on older CPUs based on the Sandy Bridge architecture.

For just $86, the Pentium G2120 offers two cores running at 3.1GHz, while the the 2.6GHz dual-core Pentium G2100T is $75 and is a 35W power-sipper. Both use Ivy Bridge's improved HD graphics, running between 650MHz and 1050MHz depending on the application. (Note that retail prices will be a little higher than these OEM prices -- the G2120, for example, is selling for $99.99 at Newegg.)

There are also a handful of new Core i3 parts: the 55W 3.3GHz Core i3-3220 for $117, 3.3GHz i3-3225 for $134 and 3.4GHz i3-3240 for $138, and the ultra-low-voltage 2.8GHz i3-3220T for $117 and i3-3240T for $138. All include two cores and 3MB of L3 cache, support Hyper-Threading, and use HD 2500 integrated graphics (with the exception of the i3-3225, which uses HD 4000 graphics instead). 

To make matters more confusing, Intel introduced a pair of Pentiums --  the G645T ($64) and the 2.2GHz G550T ($42) -- that are based on the legacy 32nm manufacturing process. Meanwhile, several older chips earned price drops, including the Core i3-2130 (from $138 to $117), Pentium G870 (from $86 to $75) and the Pentium G550 (from $52 to $42).

Intel has also launched a few new quad-core Ivy Bridge Core i5 processors for the mid-range market. The 3.1GHz i5-3350P and 2.7GHz i5-3333S bow at $177, while the 3GHz i5-3330 comes in at $182 and the 2.7GHz i5-3335S debuts at $194. Finally, some new Celeron chips -- the $37 dual-threaded 1.9GHz G465, the $52 2.7GHz G555, and the $42 ULV 2.2GHz G550T  -- have debuted, but are based on the 32nm process instead of Ivy Bridge.

[Via CPU World, Fudzilla]

Topics: Intel, PCs

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    If like me you dont have a endless pot of ready cash your probally allways looking for the best budget upgrades for your pc... and the new ivybridge pentium range look just the ticket !
    at first look however theres not alot that differentiate these ivybridge pentiums from the previous sandybridge range... theres still 3mb of smartcache and 2 cores and threads.. however look deeper and you will find a more efficent processor with a amazing 22nm manufacturing process..... this equates to even cooler operation than the sandybridge pentiums which is good news
    the only downside is the price... uk prices are around £75 for the G2120 and for a extra tenner you can get a core i3 3220 which gives you 4 threads and superior 3.3ghz clock speed...
    however budget intel processors have come a long way and even the entry level G620( sandybridge ) along with 8gb of ram and a mid range gpu will run the majority of games and reasonable detail and resolution .....
    in summary the G2120 is a welcome addition to the budget intel range and will be ideal for budget gaming rigs and htpc,s
    Brian Smy