Intel Releases Seven Sandy Bridge CPUsby Kristian Vättö on January 30, 2012 12:19 PM EST
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Today, Intel has released seven new Sandy Bridge based CPUs: three Core i5 and four Celeron models. All the i5 SKUs are desktop models, whereas the Celeron SKUs are mobile: two standard voltage and two ultra-low voltage models. Below is a table of the new SKUs.
|Specifications of New Intel CPUs (1/30/2012)|
|SKU||Core/Thread Count||Frequency||Max Turbo Frequency||L3 Cache||TDP||Price|
You may be wondering what the P at the end of two Core i5 SKUs stands for. Intel has not updated their product database yet so we aren't 100% sure, but VR-Zone is reporting that it implies a GPU-less model. VR-Zone is also stating that the i5-2550K is GPU-less as well, which would be a step down from the i5-2500K that features Intel HD 3000 graphics.
This is a logical move as Intel must have a stack of chips with fully working cores and other parts, but the IGP isn't functional. On the other hand, it's good to keep in mind that a disabled IGP means no Quick Sync. Since the price and specification differences between the models with IGP and the models without is so small, we recommend buying a model with the graphics as you never know when you might want/need Quick Sync or more video outputs. The 100MHz increase in frequency isn't worth the loss of the IGP.
As for the CPUs in general, i5-2550K is obviously the successor of i5-2500K. It has 100MHz (i.e. one CPU bin) higher frequencies than i5-2500K and is priced $9 higher. Similarly, i5-2450P and i5-2380P are successors of i5-2400 and i5-2320—the i5-2450P being $11 more expensive and i5-2380P being priced the same as its predecessor. Celeron B815 replaces B810 at the $86 price point; they share the same core specs while the GPU gets a bump in maximum clock from 950MHz to 1050MHz. Meanwhile, B720 succeeds B710 with 100MHz higher frequency and the same $70 price tag. Celeron 867 becomes the new high-end ULV Celeron by taking the place of 857 at the price point of $134 with 100MHz higher frequency, and 797 increases the frequency by 100MHz to 1.4GHz in the $107 category and replaces 787.
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extide - Monday, January 30, 2012 - linkThat's a nice lookin heatsink, what cpu does that come on?
Kristian Vättö - Monday, January 30, 2012 - linkIt's a separately sold heatsink, unfortunately. Part number is E88216-001 and seems to go for around $40.
Metaluna - Monday, January 30, 2012 - linkAlso, it looks like a bolt-through mount (i.e. no pushpins). All the companies like Scythe who have produced giant tower heatsinks with plastic pushpins take note.
IntelUser2000 - Monday, January 30, 2012 - linkMy friend that got a i7 970 got it with the CPU purchase.
Kristian Vättö - Monday, January 30, 2012 - linkThat specific model in the picture is only sold separately as it's for LGA 1156/1155. Your friend most likely has E75476-001, which is the stock cooler for LGA 1366 CPUs released after i7-980X (it was the first one to get it). They look almost identical though, only the motherboard connectors are a bit different :-)
Rick83 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - linkHaving installed a bunch of Scythe coolers which use pushpins, I've never had a problem with them, and installation has usually been quite simple.
Don't see the reason for the complaints - unless you live a in a region prone to earthquakes.
Taft12 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - linkEver installed a plastic pushpin cooler multiple times?
(It's a trick question, the plastic will break, stretch or twist before you get the chance)
extide - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - linkThose plastic pushpins arent that hard to deal with, if you know what you are doing you can easily install and uninstall one several times. However holding a large and heavy heatsink I would prefer metal, but honestly I dont get why everyone has such a hard time with the plastic push pin mounts.
Piano Man - Monday, January 30, 2012 - linkIt'll be interesting to see if this 2550K is a special bin that will allow for higher OCs over the 2500k.
Mr Perfect - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - linkMeh. I'm betting that Kristian is right, this is merely the We-Have-2500Ks-With-Dead-Graphics bin.