Low-power desktop Pentium G2020T CPU is in the works
Intel plans to refresh desktop Pentium lineup in the first quarter 2013, releasing two standard-power processors. The launch of new chips will also complete transition of Pentium family to Intel's latest Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. Older Sandy Bridge processors will be phased out and eventually end-of-lifed. One of the upcoming Pentiums is G2020, and it will take place of G645 SKU. We already reported on that part last week. Another new model, as was revealed by Fudzilla yesterday, is a low power G2020T, which will replace G645T "Sandy Bridge" part.
Despite of the switch to the new microarchitecture, we do not expect new model to perform significantly faster than the old one. Pentium G2020T runs at the same frequency as the G645T SKU, and has the same feature set: 2 CPU cores, 2 simultaneous threads, 3 MB L3 cache, and HD graphics. As such, the difference in performance between G2020T and G645T microprocessors is mainly the result of the microarchitecture change. The Ivy Bridge Pentium should have minor CPU performance boost due to tweaked architecture and a bit higher memory bandwidth. The G2020T should also have faster graphics, owing to 7th generation Ivy Bridge GPU. Other features of the microprocessor include 2.5 GHz clock rate, support for DDR3-1333 memory, and 35 Watt Thermal Design Power. G2020T's integrated GPU operates at 650 MHz stock and 1050 MHz maximum Turbo frequencies. The processor is compatible with socket 1155 motherboards, and it will be available in Q1 2013.
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