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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.
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Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor on

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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