Intel pushes out budget 'Ivy Bridge' processors

Intel pushes out budget 'Ivy Bridge' processors

Summary: With prices ranging from $42 to $117, there's an "Ivy Bridge" processor to suit all budgets.


Processors based on Intel's "Ivy Bridge" architecture have been available for the best part of a year, but so far mid- to high-end silicon has made use of it. This has now changed with the release of new Celeron, Pentium, and Core dual-core CPUs.

Intel has released seven new parts, ranging in price from $42 to $117. All are compatible with Socket 1155 motherboards.

The Celeron family sees three new chips added to the line-up: the G1610, G1610T, and G1620.

The G1620 is a 2.7GHz part with a TDP of 55W and a price tag of only $52. The G1610 and G1610T are clocked at 2.6GHz and 2.3GHz, respectively, with the only difference being the TDP rating. The G1610 has a TDP of 55W, while the G1610T has a TDP of only 35W, which reduces its cooling and power needs, making it an ideal choice for appliances such as media centers and NAS boxes. Both the G1610 and G1610T are priced at an extremely attractive $42.

All the new Celerons feature 2MB of L3 cache and HD graphics.

There are also four new Pentium processors available: the G2010, G2020, G2120T, and G2130.

The G2010 and G2020 parts are clocked at 2.8GHz and 2.9GHz, respectively, and both have a $64 price tag and a TDP of 55W. The G2020T is a 35W TDP part clocked at 2.5GHz, which is also priced at $64. Again, the lower TDP makes it more suited to media center or small form-factor desktops because of the reduced cooling requirements. The G2130, which is the fastest of the new Pentium silicon, is a 3.2GHz part with a TDP of 55W, and is priced at $86.

All the new Pentiums have 3MB of L3 cache, HD graphics, but, like the Celerons, do not feature hyper-threading.

The single new Core processor is the 3.2GHz Core i3-3210. Like all the other CPUs, it is a dual-core part, but because it comes equipped with hyper-threading, it offers four processing threads. It has HD 2500 graphics, 3MB of L3 cache, a TDP of 55W TDP, and a price tag of $117.

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Project Management

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  • Suit All Budgets...

    ...except those for mobile devices.
    • Not really??

      The celeron is specifically for mobile units, as in laptops? At the end of they day the ivy bridge architecture is pc specific. High performance tablets already use ivy bridge chips, and I think it's safe to say you'll see more budget offerings making use of these chips for the budget market.

      If you refer to mobile phones and non pro tablets, intel's offering is clover trail., which is hardly the same as ivy bridge. There's far more competition with ARM offerings for clover trail, there isn't for these ivy bridge chips.

      Google's chrome os is pretty perfect for these offerings, and you'll definitely see chrome books/box's/tabs making use of them.
  • A.H.K.

    finaly some thing you are good at plane and simple tech. thank you
  • Still 3rd Generation?

    What happens when the 4th generation is released, Haswell? I am waiting on a WIN8 Pro on a Haswell processor with a Surface RT for the present.
  • Crippled processors

    Why would i buy a Crippled CPU from intel when i can buy a maintream full featured processor from AMD?
    • What is crippled on intel vs AMD?

      My understanding is that the APUs are a good deal for an inexpensive gaming platform. Outside of that intel seems to be ahead in price performance in every area. When an intel chip with two fewer cores outperforms the "bigger" AMD, game over. Now you might not need that much power and a smaller, cheaper AMD may fill the bill. With the chips discussed in this article, that low cost advantage may be going away as well.