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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  • MrSparkle404 - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    SNB Xeons, if it ends in a 5, IGP is enabled, 0, disabled. is your friend.

    E3-1235 : 4 cores, HT, IGP

    E3-1230 : 4 cores, HT, no IGP
  • Taft12 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Intel: Industry leader in incongruous product naming conventions!
  • Emulex - Monday, January 30, 2012 - link

    noticed the celeron dual core was $34.99 and $49 for z68 mobo at microcenter. the passmark on the celeron indicated it was as fast as the phenom quad core (older) or a c2d 3.0ghz.

    I think someone has their numbers messed up because the older celeron dual core lga1155 had a msrp of $45 on intel's site.

    celeron = 1mb cache
    pentium = 2mb cache
    core = 3/4/6/8. cache.

    Quite honestly most casual users with a $1/gb SSD and $49 nvidia card would not be able to tell the difference between the cache. and the lowest rank celeron (check the microcenter flyer) destroys everything amd has to offer.

    someone needs to check the prices here man. i just opened up my microcenter flyer tonight and noticed $49 z68 mobo + $34.99 celeron dual core 2.4ghz celeron g530 (LGA1155)

    why would they sell a celeron for $107 when you can buy a G530 celeron for $34 ($39 not on sale)?
  • Kristian Vättö - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    These Celerons are mobile versions, some even being ULV. Hence the price.
  • maroon1 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Actually the desktop version of Pentium processors has 3MB L3 cache

    And Celeron G5xx has 2MB L3 cache
  • Taft12 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Anyone have performance numbers comparing the Pentium G6xx to Celeron G5xx? Especially if it shows performance at equal clockspeed? (so we can see just what difference 2MB vs 3MB of L2 cache makes... I'm betting very little in most cases)
  • ibrihim - Thursday, February 2, 2012 - link

    "No matter what type of workload there is, Celeron G540 is stably 4% behind Pentium G620, which is most likely determined by the differences in clock frequency. It means that cutting L3 cache memory from 3 Mb to 2 MB (by 1.5 times) is a purely cosmetic adjustment, which has more effect on the subjective perception of the technical specifications rather than the actual performance in applications. So, the slight difference in price between Celeron and Pentium processors has only slight influence on their performance.

    Taken from and I detest pushpins.
  • mathew7 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    But where are the AES-NI celerons? Or i3s? I really want to use encryption on a fileserver, but that's all that requires CPU performance. Otherwise the cheapest celeron is enough.
  • Taft12 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Sandy Bridge CPUs have more than enough horsepower to AES encrypt on the fly on a home fileserver without the special instructions. Intel has decided you need to pay up if you want that feature.
  • Visual - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    When we are all waiting for Ivy Bridge, Intel is still selling us old news.
    I wish AMD were more competitive so we don't get such artificial slowdowns to technology progress.

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