Intel launches mid-class and budget desktop CPUs

Shortly after the launch of 22nm Ivy Bridge microarchitecture in April 2012, all Core i5 and i7 desktop products were transitioned to the new technology. Until today, less expensive Pentium and Core i3 processors stayed on older 32nm process. It all changed today, when Intel released Pentium and Core i3 "Ivy Bridge" microprocessors, and refreshed Celeron and Pentium lineups. Overall, the company launched 16 new mid-class and budget SKUs for socket 1155, including one previously unknown model, Core i5-3335S. Intel also dropped prices on a few Core i3 and Pentium products.

Just released Celeron G465, G550T and G555 processors are built on older Sandy Bridge core, and they offer 100 MHz faster speeds over their predecessors. Single-core Celeron G465 replaces G460, and both come with 1.5 MB L3 cache. The G465 supports Hyper-Threading technology, which allows it to run 2 threads at once. Dual-core Celeron G550T and G555 have 2 CPU cores, 2 MB L3 cache, but lack Hyper-Threading. The G465 and G555 are 65 Watt parts, priced at $37 and $52. Ultra low voltage G550T boasts 35 Watt TDP, and it costs $42.

New Pentiums are a mix of Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge SKUs. All of them are dual-core processors with 3 MB L3 cache. Pentium G2100T and G2120 Ivy Bridge chips supersede G870 and G860T, which are based on older microarchitecture. The CPUs even run at the same frequencies as their predecessors, so the only advantage they have is slightly better CPU performance, owing to microarchitecture improvements, and better graphics performance. Official prices of Pentium G2120 and G2100T are identical to G870 and G860T introduction prices, i.e. $86 and $75 respectively.

Two other Pentium parts, G645 and G645T, are based on Sandy Bridge core. These CPUs are slightly faster versions of G640 and G640T, and all of them they are priced at $64. Pentium G2120 and G645 are mainstream SKUs with 55 Watt and 65 Watt TDP. ULV G2100T and G645T chips have 35 Watt TDP.

All third generation Core i3 products utilize Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. Like second-generation Core i3s, new chips have 2 cores with Hyper-Threading, and 3 MB L3 cache. Improvements on Core i3-3200 series includes more efficient microarchitecture, better graphics, and lower power consumption. Core i3-3220, i3-3225 and i3-3240 are mainstream CPUs with 55 Watt TDP. Core i3-3220T and i3-3240T are ULV processors, rated at 35 Watt. The fastest Core i3-3240 runs at 3.4 GHz, that is identical to Core i3-2130. All i3s employ HD 2500 graphics, with the exception of Core i3-3225, which comes with HD 4000 integrated GPU. Official prices of just released i3 processors range from $117 to $138.

Today's launch also includes several quad-core Ivy Bridge microprocessors from Core i5 family. These chips have larger 6 MB L3 cache than Core i3s. The new i5s have a bit lower clock speeds than quad-core Ivy Bridge CPUs, that were launched earlier this year, however they also a few dollars cheaper. Most interesting SKUs are Core i5-3335S with HD 4000 graphics, and Core i5-3350P with disabled GPU. Two other models, i5-3330 and i5-3330S, have HD 2500 graphics. The power ratings of i5 processors range from 65 Watt to 77 Watt TDP, and the parts are priced from $177 to $194.

In addition to new products, Intel also cut prices on three SKUs. The price of Core i3-2130 was dropped from $138 to $117. Pentium G870 price was slashed by 13%, from $86 to $75. Celeron G550, previously offered for $52, now costs $42.

Specifications of newly released processors are provided below:

ModelCoresThreadsFrequencyTurbo FrequencyL3 cacheTDPPrice
Celeron G465 1 2 1.9 GHz N/A 1.5 MB 35 Watt $37
Celeron G550T 2 2 2.2 GHz N/A 2 MB 35 Watt $42
Celeron G555 2 2 2.7 GHz N/A 2 MB 65 Watt $52
Pentium G2100T 2 2 2.6 GHz N/A 3 MB 35 Watt $75
Pentium G2120 2 2 3.1 GHz N/A 3 MB 55 Watt $86
Pentium G645 2 2 2.9 GHz N/A 3 MB 65 Watt $64
Pentium G645T 2 2 2.5 GHz N/A 3 MB 35 Watt $64
Core i3-3220 2 4 3.3 GHz N/A 3 MB 55 Watt $117
Core i3-3220T 2 4 2.8 GHz N/A 3 MB 35 Watt $117
Core i3-3225 2 4 3.3 GHz N/A 3 MB 55 Watt $134
Core i3-3240 2 4 3.4 GHz N/A 3 MB 55 Watt $138
Core i3-3240T 2 4 2.9 GHz N/A 3 MB 35 Watt $138
Core i5-3330 4 4 3 GHz 3.2 GHz 6 MB 77 Watt $182
Core i5-3330S 4 4 2.7 GHz 3.2 GHz 6 MB 65 Watt $177
Core i5-3335S 4 4 2.7 GHz 3.2 GHz 6 MB 65 Watt $194
Core i5-3350P 4 4 3.1 GHz 3.3 GHz 6 MB 69 Watt $177

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