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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  • MrSpadge - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    I wouldn't buy or recommend a Sandy without the IGP. Even with a discrete GPU it's going to be used for a few years and then passed on to someone else, where it will very probably do some surfing & office work. And guess what's the most power efficient, yet completely sufficient GPU for this situation?
  • Midwayman - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    The nice thing is that the IGP is entirely sufficient to turn the box into a media server. Plus its nearly silent when running. Great 2nd life for the computer. I have an old c2d pulling that duty now and I know my i7-2600k will be headed that way a few years down the line.
  • jak3676 - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    Perfect for those of us with P67 mobo's who would never notice the lack of IGP anyway. If you're using a larger SSD for boot + application drive, I don't see the benifit from the caching on the Z68 - may as well get the 2550k and a P67 and save a few dollars.

    If you're going Z68, you'd probably still want the 2500k though.
  • bupkus - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Absolutely agree. I've sold several of my older computers which I specifically selected for on board graphics while still retaining my ATI HD 4850 to this day.
    It's a great way to sell/give older tech to friends that can't or don't need new hardware.
  • Mr Perfect - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Good point. I'd love to give away my last tower, but took the video card to the new build. Since it doesn't have an IGP, I would have to buy a card just to make it giftable. >_> That was four months ago...

    IGP is also great when you're trying to diagnose a discreet card. Or, worse yet, when you have to RMA one. You at least have something to fall back on.
  • Shadowmaster625 - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    Does anyone even know of a product that uses any of these 8xx or 7xx celerons? It seems like a phantom chip.
  • Kristian Vättö - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    There are a few in NewEgg:
  • Natfly - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    Do you happen to know what stepping/revision these are?
  • Kristian Vättö - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    Same D2 as other desktop Core i5 parts.
  • ckryan - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    The 2550K is kinda odd. I didn't want the IGP in my 2500k, but it came in handy on occasion. Doesn't the 2500K's Xeon cousin lack the IGP as well? I don't think the 1155 Xeons have a disabled IGP, it's just not there. I'm not sure what the advantage would be, as I would think the number of K parts with defective IGPs is very miniscule. And if you really don't want the IGP, just get a P67 board. Most P67 boards are more power efficient than Z boards anyway. The IGP only consumes a tiny amount of power when used in a Z system with discrete graphics anyway, and I don't think it's going to keep anyone from shattering any OC records.

    The SB Celeron is no joke. I have one in a low power SSD testing rig that is always on. The G530 is very competent, and the IGP is sufficient to adequately tackle the few acceleration tasks asked of it. Plus, if you use an H67 board instead of the H61, you get the platform advantages in a low power, quiet, and well behaved system. Resist the temptation of the single core Celeron 4xx series. It actually uses more power since it doesn't ever downclock or reduce voltage. I know some single cores for low power systems -- but it doesn't make any sense. Even at above MSRP pricing, those who can use the G530 will find the price worth it.

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