The entry level Sandy Bridge will end up priced at $78, a full $9 lower than the cheapest Clarkdale, Pentium G6950. Despite the emergence of Intel Core CPUs, the Pentium brand name has proved to be surprisingly resilient, thanks to the high demand for budget CPUs in the developing economies, and the entry level Sandy Bridge CPUs are expected to be branded Pentium.

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The entry level Sandy Bridge will end up priced at $78, a full $9 lower
than the cheapest Clarkdale, Pentium G6950. Despite the emergence of
Intel Core CPUs, the Pentium brand name has proved to be surprisingly resilient,
thanks to the high demand for budget CPUs in the developing economies,
and the entry level Sandy Bridge CPUs are expected to be branded
Pentium.

Intel is continuing to release Wolfdale based Pentium CPUs, with E5700 set for October 2010. Concurrently, Clarkdale based Pentium G6950 continues to be available at the higher end of the budget market.

Much like the Pentium G6950, the budget Sandy Bridge is expected to have similar trade-offs. It is likely to be a crippled version of dual-core Sandy Bridge. Thus, lack of Turbo, lack of HyperThreading, slower clock speeds for both CPU and GPU are expected compared to the Core i3 2000 branded dual-core Sandy Bridge CPUs.

While Intel is continuing to push the now ancient Wolfdale instead of Clarkdale in the entry level (Pentium) market, we hope a range of Sandy Bridge based Pentium CPUs will catch on.

Reference: Fudzilla