Ivy Bridge desktop Core i3 CPUs won’t arrive until Q3

Intel Corei3 Ivy Bridge desktop Core i3 CPUs wont arrive until Q3

Intel is doing its best to stretch the introduction of new Ivy Bridge processors for as long as possible throughout the year, or at least so it seems as details have reached us indicating that its Core i3 Ivy Bridge processors won't arrive until Q3. Some had hoped for an introduction in June, but it's now guaranteed not to happen until July at the earliest.

Intel is doing its best to stretch the introduction of new Ivy Bridge processors for as long as possible throughout the year, or at least so it seems as details have reached us indicating that its Core i3 Ivy Bridge processors won't arrive until Q3. Some had hoped for an introduction in June, but it's now guaranteed not to happen until July at the earliest.

Intel will have a handful of Core i3 desktop models when the company decides it's time to launch them. Top to bottom we have the 3.4GHz Core i3-3240, the 3GHz Core i3-3240T, the 3.3GHz Core i3-3225, the 3.3GHz Core i3-3220 and the 2.8GHz Core i3-3220T. All five models sport 3MB of shared L3 cache, two cores and hyper threading.

The standard models are rated at a 55W TDP with the T models being intended for all-in-one systems and as such are rated at 35W TDP. With the exception for the Core i3-3225 which sports Intel HD graphics 4000, the other four models all features Intel HD graphics 2500. Intel will apparently add support for AES to the new Core i3 models as well, something the company ought to have done a long time ago, as these are the CPU's with the least processing power and this is where having accelerated encryption would have a bigger impact on overall system performance.

No word in pricing yet, but we would expect the Ivy Bridge Core i3 models to be close in terms of cost to their Sandy Bridge counterparts. As for a more exact launch window, well, that's going to have to wait until Intel decides that it's time to share such information and the company is most likely a lot more focused on the Core i7 and Core i5 desktop and mobile launches which should take place on the 29th of April as well as the 3rd of June, with various desktop and mobile CPUs being launched on both occasions.

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