intellogo Intels last high end Sandy Bridge processors arrives in February

We've already reported about the upcoming graphics-less Sandy Bridge models, the Core i5-2380P, Core i5-2450P and the Core i5-2550K and now we have the launch date. We also have the target demographics of these new CPUs, even though we still have a bit of a hard time following it.

We've already reported about the upcoming graphics-less Sandy Bridge models, the Core i5-2380P, Core i5-2450P and the Core i5-2550K and now we have the launch date. We also have the target demographics of these new CPUs, even though we still have a bit of a hard time following it.

If you're planning on getting a graphics less Sandy Bridge processor then you only have three weeks to save up, as all three models are set to arrive on the 6th of February. Sadly we don't know the pricing as yet, but judging what we've heard, the Core i5-2550 might actually end up more expensive than the Core i5-2500, or at least not any cheaper.

The Core i5-2550 will apparently be targeted mainly for Europe and the US, with the Core i5-2450 for Europe and APAC and finally the Core i5-2380P heading to China and parts of Asia. The reasoning behind these chips is that there are usage scenarios where Intel's integrated graphics will never be used and as Intel has a few chips where the graphics doesn't work, they decided to launch processors without graphics.

Oh, we lie, Intel actually has a lot of these chips, in fact the company has so many that it can't make enough graphics-less Xeon's out of them and this is one of the main reasons why Intel made them and not because they're certain that there will be a huge demand for them. We're not at all surprised, especially if these are chips where the graphics cores couldn't even be used for Core i3's. We heard a number and although we can't mention it here, let's just say that there won't be any short supply of these three new processors.

For those of you that are concerned about not being able to get hold of a Sandy Bridge CPU in six months' time, no need to worry as Intel is apparently planning on keeping certain Sandy Bridge SKUs alive well into next year and these graphics-less parts will be some of those models that'll stick around.

In related news Intel will be launching the quad core Core i7-3820 for the LGA-2011 socket on the 13th of February with an expected retail price of around US$300 (S$386), although the channel cost will be US$285 (S$367) according to various reports. It's not clear if this model will be using a different stepping than the initial hexa core LGA-2011 models or not.