Rumor: Sandy Bridge processors to retain Core i branding

By on July 12, 2010, 10:57 AM
Intel is expected to release its next-gen Sandy Bridge processors by early January 2011. According to Expreview, the new parts should retain the current Core i3, i5 and i7 brands but appended by a 2000-series model number signify the new architecture. So, for example, the Sandy Bridge equivalent of a Core i7 870 might be called the Core i7 2870.

This has yet to be confirmed by the chip giant but the rumor falls in line with previous speculation. It's also unclear how Intel will break down the product family this time around. The current nomenclature is known for being rather confusing -- Clarkdale and Lynnfield are available as both Core i3 / Core i5 and Core i5 / Core i7 respectively. Additionally, Core i5 chips come in both dual and quad-core variants, while the i7 family boasts four or six cores.

In terms of specifications, details are still a bit scarce about the new Sandy Bridge chips at the moment, other than the knowledge that they will debut in dual and quad core variants, with an improved 32nm Intel IGP on the same die, and fit into a new LGA 1155 'H2' socket. Although only one pin theoretically separates this new socket from the current LGA1156, LGA1155 sockets will not be backwards compatible with the older CPUs. Enthusiast grade six-core or eight-core Sandy Bridge variants will reportedly follow later in 2011, fitting into Socket R, or LGA 2011.

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LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Wouldn't that be prepended with a 2000-series model?

Modena said:

Damn another new socket.... i series will then have 3 different socket types.

cardriverx said:

4 if you count lga 2011. wtf intel.

thatguyandrew92 said:

I thought LGA 1366 was supposed to last a long time. oh well

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

By the time LGA 2011/Socket R (Sandy Bridge B2) comes out, LGA1366 will be three years old. I guess you think that the day LGA 2011 launches, X58/LGA 1366 will stop being used...just like LGA 775 stopped being used when LGA 1366 was intoduced in Nov 2008......oh wait.

Retaining the same socket isn't a problem if you never plan to upgrade the feature set or architecture of the CPU's that sit in it.

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