New Intel Core i3 and Pentium CPUs to launch in September
Intel Ivy Bridge (IVB) desktop microprocessors were launched in April of this year, and so far only Core i5 and i7 families were transitioned to the new architecture. According to the launch schedule, that we posted back in March, Ivy-Bridge based Core i3 CPUs should be available in the third quarter. We now have more details on the schedule. Based on information, that we have on hand, Core i3-32xx products will be released in the second week of September (the week that starts on September 2nd). Along with Core i3s, Intel will introduce Pentium G2100T and G2120 SKUs, also based on the Ivy Bridge core.
Third generation Core i3 microprocessors has the same basic features as their Sandy Bridge counterparts: two CPU cores with Hyper-Threading, 3 MB L3 cache, tier 1 graphics on most parts, and support for dual-channel DDR3 memory. The chips lack many advanced features, such as Turbo Boost, Trusted Execution technology and VT-d virtualization. Overall, there will be 5 new models: Core i3-3220, i3-3220T, i3-3225, i3-3240 and i3-3240T. Core i3-3220T and i3-3240T low-power chips run at 2.8 and 3 GHz, and they feature 35 Watt TDP. Remaining processors come with 55 Watt TDP. Core i3-3220 and i3-3225 operate at 3.3 GHz, however the 3225 boasts better HD 4000 graphics. Core i3-3240 works at 3.4 GHz.
We don't have specifications of G2100T and G2120 processors, although we found some details in Biostar TP75 CPU support list:
According to the list, the G2100T runs at 2.6 GHz, and has 35 Watt TDP. The G2120 has 3.1 GHz core frequency and 55 Watt thermal envelope. In March we published details on embedded version of G2120, and we believe that there won't be many differences between desktop and embedded versions. Based on preliminary information, it seems that upcoming Pentium products will be very similar to previous generation of Pentiums. They will have 2 CPU cores, 3 MB L3 cache and HD graphics. They will not support any advanced features, including Hyper-Threading technology. Also, the frequencies of the first IVB Pentiums will be identical to recently launched Pentium G870 and G860T Sandy Bridge CPUs. However, we can still expect slightly better performance from G21xx processors due to improvements in the micro-architecture and in the graphics unit.
The table below contains known details about new Core i3 and Pentium microprocessors:
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