Three new Core i5 CPUs added to Intel pricelist

We previously reported on several new Core i5 desktop microprocessors, expected in the second week of February. Core i5-2380P, i5-2450P and unlocked i5-2550K Sandy Bridge CPUs will come with slightly increased core frequency, and with disabled on-chip GPU. A week earlier than anticipated Intel added all three SKUs to official price list. The company also added prices for 4 single- and dual-core Mobile Celeron models, that were launched earlier this month.

Just released Core i5 processors boast 4 cores, and can process 4 threads simultaneously. The chips have 6 MB of L3 cache, and support many of Sandy Bridge technologies and extensions, including Turbo Boost, AES, and Advanced Vector Extensions. None of the new models have integrated graphics.

The least expensive from new chips, Core i5-2380, has 3.1 GHz stock and 3.4 GHz maximum Turbo Boost speed. That is 100 MHz faster than Core i5-2320. Both processors are priced at $177.

Core i5-2450P operates at 3.2 GHz, or up to 3.5 GHz when Turbo Boost is activated. This CPU has $195 official price.

Intel i5-2550K is the second Sandy Bridge unlocked SKU from Core i5 family. This model is clocked at 3.4 GHz, i.e. 100 MHz higher than i5-2500K. It is also more expensive. The chip is priced at $225, as opposed to $216 for the 2500K.

According to our AMD vs Intel price chart, new Intel microprocessors are positioned against the following AMD counterparts:

- i5-2550K is right in the middle between Phenom II X6 1100T / FX-8120 and FX-8150. Although 2550K won't beat FX flagship chip in large number of benchmarks, release of faster "K" model may put additional pressure on AMD to launch faster FX processors.

- i5-2450P is positioned between Phenom II X4 980 / X6 1065T / X6 1090T and FX-8120.

- Intel i5-2380P and AMD Phenom II X4 975 have almost identical official prices. Phenom's clock frequency is 500 MHz higher, however Intel chip is more efficient, and we suspect that the i5-2380P will perform noticeably better in majority of benchmarks.

Known specifications of released Core i5 processors are provided below:

ModelCoresThreadsFrequencyTurbo FrequencyL3 cacheSocket TypeTDPPrice
Core i5-2380P443.1 GHz3.4 GHz6 MBSocket 115595 Watt$177
Core i5-2450P443.2 GHz3.5 GHz6 MBSocket 115595 Watt$195
Core i5-2550K443.4 GHz3.8 GHz6 MBSocket 115595 Watt$225

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Comments: 1


2012-01-30 13:06:16
Posted by: Timmy

can't wait to check these out. the i5 line definitely suits my needs/wants :)

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