Intel quietly introduces several new Sandy Bridge processors

Ahead of the big launch of its Ivy Bridge chips later this year, Intel has pushed out a handful of new Sandy Bridge processors, including a couple of Core i5 CPUs that lack integrated graphics.While the chip giant has made hay about the improved graphics included with Sandy Bridge, not all consumers wind up using them, preferring a discrete video card instead.

Ahead of the big launch of its Ivy Bridge chips later this year, Intel has pushed out a handful of new Sandy Bridge processors, including a couple of Core i5 CPUs that lack integrated graphics.

While the chip giant has made hay about the improved graphics included with Sandy Bridge, not all consumers wind up using them, preferring a discrete video card instead. For them, Intel now has made available the $195 3.2GHz Core i5-2450P and the $177 3.1GHz Core i5-2380P, with the "P" suffix denoting that lack of onboard graphics. A third Core i5 CPU, the 3.4GHz 2550K ("K" for unlocked multiplier), replaces the i5-2500K and will cost $225.

The trio of Core i5s are quad-cores, but Intel has also announced new dual-core and single-core Celeron parts as well. The dual-core 1.6GHz Celeron B815 will cost $86, whereas the single-core 1.7GHz Celeron B720 will run $70. There are also a pair of new ultra-low-voltage entries: the dual-core 1.3GHz Celeron 867 for $134 and the single-core 1.4GHz Celeron 797 for $107. Anandtech points out one disadvantage to the "P" chips that lack integrated graphics: no Quick Sync. But if that's not an issue for you, and you don't need the onboard graphics, Intel has now provided you with a couple of new options.

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