Intel quietly releases seven budget Ivy Bridge desktop processorsBy Shawn Knight
Intel released the first wave of processors based on the 22-nanometer die shrink of Sandy Bridge close to a year ago. Ivy Bridge has thus far been reserved for mid-range and high-end applications but that's all changing as Intel has quietly released seven new budget processors based on the current generation architecture.
Intel's Celeron line of processors received three new models: G1610, G1610T and G1620 - all featuring 2MB of L3 cache and HD graphics. The G1610 and G1610T are clocked at 2.6GHz and 2.3GHz, respectively. The key difference between the two is the TDP - the latter is rated at just 35W while the former carries a TDP of 55W. Both chips are priced at $42, making them attractive for budget system builders and media center enthusiasts.
The chip maker introduced four new Pentium processors as well: the G2010, G2020, G2020T and the G2130. All parts carry 3MB of L3 cache and HD graphics, we're told. The G2010 and G2020 carry clock speeds of 2.8GHz and 2.9GHz, respectively. Both chips are rated at 55W and will set you back roughly $64.
The G2020T, also priced at $64, runs at 2.5GHz with a TDP of just 35W - perfect for low-voltage applications where power and heat might be key concerns. The fastest Pentium chip, the G2130, is rated at 55W and 3.2GHz. Expect to pay $86 for this Intel chip. It's also worth noting that none of the Pentium chips support Hyperthreading, just like the Celerons.
The Core i3-3210 is the only new Core processor being added to the lineup. It is also a dual-core part like all of the other new chips but comes with hyperthreading. This 3.2GHz processor also features 3MB of L3 cache a TDP of 55W and is priced accordingly at $117.