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
Core i5-2550K 4/4 3.4GHz 3.8GHz 6MB 95W $225
Core i5-2450P 4/4 3.2GHz 3.5GHz 6MB 95W $195
Core i5-2380P 4/4 3.1GHz 3.4GHz 6MB 95W $177
Celeron B815 2/2 1.6GHz N/A 2MB 35W $86
Celeron B720 1/1 1.7GHz N/A 1MB 35W $70
Celeron 867 2/2 1.3GHz N/A 2MB 17W $134
Celeron 797 1/1 1.4GHz N/A 1MB 17W $107

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.

Source: Intel

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  • Olbi - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    this Celerons are very expensive. It costs for ours paid 3.55 times more, where avarage man get for hand only 1200 zł , which in dollars is ~399$. I hate my GOV for this shit, what they do now.
  • DanNeely - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    They're laptop celerons; a category that's always been significantly more pricey than its desktop equivalents.
  • SlyNine - Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - link

    I've downloaded some decrypting software to try and decrypt your message. As soon as, or if, my computer can decrypt your message I'll have a response.
  • r3loaded - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    "The 100MHz increase in frequency isn't worth the loss of the IGP" - it certainly is if you're packing a discrete graphics card. And if you're interested in an unlocked multiplier, chances are high that you will have a discrete card anyway. If these chips are binned higher too, enthusiasts will certainly flock to them.
  • JarredWalton - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    Our point is that you can use Quick Sync and the IGP with Z68 motherboards, so even if you have a discrete GPU you can still benefit from the IGP.
  • A5 - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    Do any of the open source encoders support Quick Sync yet? And is the quality still bad?
  • Senti - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    What is the real use of Quick Sync? It's pure marketing hype. Any sane encoder would prefer quality of x264 over some fps. Add there Hi10P and most hardware encoders/decoders immediately becomes completely useless.
  • Iketh - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link


    I don't understand why quicksync is regarded so highly here. I push it aside as hype, as you said. I'll never use it. x264 all the way.
  • JonnyDough - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    Without an IGP it shouldn't get as hot, allowing for that measley 100mhz bump. I would guess these might make some very nice overclockers...
  • MrSpadge - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    Nah, they're not that close to the limit, yet, that a few W from the IGP matter.
    And sure they're good overclockers.. as are the 2500K.

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