Upcoming GPU-less Core i5 CPUs are available for pre-order
As you may already know, in February Intel plans to introduce Core i5-2380P, i5-2450P and i5-2550K microprocessors. All three are quad-core chips, incorporating 6 MB L3 cache and most of the Sandy Bridge features with the exception of Vpro. In addition to 100 Mhz higher core and Turbo Boost frequencies than currently produced Core i5-2320, i5-2400 and i5-2500K SKUs, new CPUs will have on-chip graphics disabled. Specifications of upcoming processors were originally revealed by VR-Zone, although launch prices of these Core i5s are not yet known. All three models can be now pre-ordered in two US online stores, MacMall and eCost.
Core i5-2550K 3.4 GHz processor with unlocked clock multiplier is available for pre-order for $244.99, which is $16 more expensive than i5-2500K in the same store. Prices of these SKUs in eCost store are higher: $264.99 and $229.99.
Core i5-2450P has slower 3.2 GHz, and feature-wise it is comparable to Core i5-2400. MacMall lists i5-2450P processor for $213.99, and listing price of the i5-2400 is $15 cheaper. eCost prices for these models are $231.99 and $196.99.
Core i5-2380P is clocked at 3.2 GHz, and it should be in the same price category as Intel i3-2320. Both processors are priced at $194.99 on MacMall website.
Pre-orders in eCost store are obviously overpriced, and they cannot be used to estimate launch prices. On the other hand, small or no price difference in MacMall store is a good indication that the launch prices of new CPUs will be very close to, or match prices of existing Core i5-2500K, i5-2400 and i5-2320 parts.
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Jan 29, 2012: Three new Core i5 CPUs added to Intel pricelist
Jan 26, 2012: Gigabyte adds GPU-less Core i5s to CPU support lists
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Jan 13, 2012: Launch dates of Intel processors in Q1
Dec 30, 2011: New Sandy Bridge i5 Processors To Have No iGPU
Dec 10, 2011: Intel Core i5-2550K is in the works
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