Prices of Ivy Bridge desktop CPUs

Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, planned for the second quarter 2012, will bring a number of enhancements to CPU and graphics portions of the chip. The CPU cores will feature up to 15%, sometimes even higher performance due to micro-architecture improvements and 100 MHz - 300 MHz higher Turbo Boost frequencies. HD 4000 and HD 2500 graphics will add support for DirectX 11, and it will be considerably faster than current HD 3000 and HD 2000 on-chip graphics. What's more important, better performing Ivy Bridge CPUs will come with 20% lower Thermal Design Power. It's great that upcoming CPUs will run cooler and faster, but at what price? Based on pricing information, that we've seen, desktop Ivy Bridge SKUs will have prices, in most cases identical to Sandy Bridge predecessors.

The fastest and the most expensive processor from Core i7 series will be Intel i7-3770K CPU with unlocked clock multiplier. This 3.5 GHz quad-core chip will come with 8 MB L3 cache, Hyper-Threading, and up to 3.9 GHz Turbo Boost. The CPU will replace Core i7-2700K, and it will be priced the same, at $332.

Three remaining SKUs from Core i7 family, i7-3770, i7-3770S and i7-3770T, will cost $294 in 1K quantities. It's good to see that Intel continues to offer energy-efficient "S" and "T" models at the same price level as mainstream microprocessors.

Similar to current Sandy Bridge products, Ivy Bridge Core i5s will feature 4 CPU cores with 6 MB of last level cache. The only exception to this is a dual-core i5-3470T with 3 MB L3 cache. The fastest i5 chip will be i5-3570K, a successor to Core i5-2500K. This CPU will come with $225 price sticker. Other i5-35xx series products, namely Core i5-3550, i5-3550S and i5-3570T, will cost $205, or $20 cheaper than the i5-3570K. i5-34xx processors will be the most affordable from i5 family. There will be three of them available in Q2 2012 at $184: Core i5-3450, i5-3450S and i5-3470T.

Table below contains a summary of features of soon to be released Ivy Bridge processors. Dual-core Core i5-3470T will be available in May. Remaining 10 i5 and i7 models will launch in April. Prices of future IB processors are presented in the "Price"column. The last column in the table shows Sandy Bridge model, that will be replaced, or closely matches, upcoming IB CPU:

ModelCoresThreadsFrequencyTurbo
Frequency
L3
cache
TDPPriceSandy Bridge
CPU / price
Core i5-3450443.1 GHz3.5 GHz6 MB77 Watt$184i5-2400 / $184
Core i5-3450S442.8 GHz3.5 GHz6 MB65 Watt$184i5-2400S / $184
Core i5-3470T242.9 GHz3.6 GHz3 MB35 Watt$184i5-2390T / $184
Core i5-3550443.3 GHz3.7 GHz6 MB77 Watt$205i5-2500 / $205
Core i5-3550S443 GHz3.7 GHz6 MB65 Watt$205i5-2500S / $205
Core i5-3570K443.4 GHz3.8 GHz6 MB77 Watt$225i5-2500K / $216
Core i5-3570T442.3 GHz3.3 GHz6 MB45 Watt$205i5-2500T / $205
Core i7-3770483.4 GHz3.9 GHz8 MB77 Watt$294i7-2600 / $294
Core i7-3770K483.5 GHz3.9 GHz8 MB77 Watt$332i7-2700K / $332
Core i7-3770S483.1 GHz3.9 GHz8 MB65 Watt$294i7-2600S / $294
Core i7-3770T482.5 GHz3.7 GHz8 MB45 Watt$294N/A

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