1 0 Intel set to expand Sandy Bridge processor family

According to the latest leaked roadmap details we can look forward to new Sandy Bridge processors this quarter as well as in Q3 with Intel expanding the entry level tiers over the next six months or so with a range of new models. In the near future we can expect a range of Pentium branded processors while a little bit more long term we're looking at a set of new Celeron processors.

According to the latest leaked roadmap details we can look forward to new Sandy Bridge processors this quarter as well as in Q3 with Intel expanding the entry level tiers over the next six months or so with a range of new models. In the near future we can expect a range of Pentium branded processors while a little bit more long term we're looking at a set of new Celeron processors.

Between now and the end of May we should see the introduction of the first Pentium based Sandy Bridge processors and four different models are expected, the G620T, the G620, the G840 and the G850. These models have been making the rounds now for a little while, but we're finally getting really close to the launch. The Pentium processors are very similar to the Core i3's and the major differentiator is lack of Hyper Threading, although for the time being, Intel appears to be keeping the Pentiums at clock speeds below 3GHz as well. For those using Intel's integrated graphics the bad news here is lack of support for Clear Video and we don't know if we'll see support for Quick Sync or not in these models.

Intel is also expected to launch the Core i3-2105 which to all intents and purposes are identical to the Core i3-2100, with one major exception, it has Intel HD 3000 graphics making it the first non-K series desktop processor to get HD 3000 graphics. This should make the Core i3-2105 an interesting consumer alternative for those that are looking for an affordable system that needs a little bit better graphics performance than what most of Intel's current mid-range CPUs can offer.

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As for the upcoming Celeron's that are set to launch in Q3, so far we only know the model names, G440, G530 and G540. Presumably there will be a performance gap between the G440 and the G530, just like there is between the Pentium G620 and G840. We'd hazard a guess that these CPUs will have 2MB L3 cache and we're fairly confident that neither model will feature Intel HD 2000/3000 graphics, as the mobile Celeron's that have already been launched have a more basic graphics core which drops features such as Clear Video and Quick Sync.

Conversationally Intel only launched a single LGA-1156 Celeron processor, the little known G1101 which never really made it into the consumer space. This means that we're now looking at a serious generation jump from the LGA-775 Wolfdale based Celeron's all the way to Sandy Bridge which implies a fairly serious performance improvement, even at what is an entry level CPU. Secretly we were actually hoping that Intel would finally lay its Celeron brand to rest, as the company already have enough CPU SKUs and with the Pentium G620 expected to cost $64 in quantities of 1,000, so the new Celeron's are somehow going to have to fit in at below $60 which seems to suggest a very low profit margin on the three upcoming Celerons.

Source: Mydrivers.com