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22 nm just got a lot more budget friendly

If you're a budget computer shopper or OEM looking to build budget systems, take note -- Intel Corp. (INTC) is pushing its 22 nm Ivy Bridge cores out into the low end of the commodity CPU market.

The company yesterday announced eight new budget dual-core parts -- three new Celerons (ultra low end) and four new Pentiums (low end).  The new chips do come with DDR3 support, power savings from the die-shrink, and an improved integrated GPU.  However, unlike higher end parts they lack hyperthreading.

In the Celeron brand $42 USD will buy you a fetching G1610 (2.6 GHz, 55 W) or G1610T (2.3 GHz, 35 W), while $52 will get you a G1620 (2.7 GHz, 55 W).

If you're a big spender you can put down $64 USD for a Pentium and get a G2010 (2.8 GHz, 55 W), G2020 (2.9 GHz, 55 W), or G2020T (2.5 GHz, 35 W).  Or you could really go wild and purchase an $86 USD Pentium G2130 (3.2 GHz, 55 W).

The Pentiums carry 3 MB of L3 cache, while the Celerons offer only 2 MB of L3.

Intel Ivy Bridge
Intel is offering more affordable Ivy Bridge chips, at last. [Image Source: Intel]

Rounding out the lineup is the launch of the i3-3210 (3.2 GHz, 55 W), a dual-core part that comes with hyperthreading (for four threads, total).  Like the Pentiums, it comes with 3 MB of L3 cache.

The G2130 and the i3-3210 support slightly faster DDR3-1600, while the other new parts support DDR3-1333.  Ivy Bridge launched in higher-end chips last April.

Source: Intel



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By DominionSeraph on 1/23/2013 1:40:17 AM , Rating: 2
Dude, the A4-5300 GPU only has 128 cores to the A10's 384, so you're talking 1/3rd the speed of a 4670/GT 240/9600GT. And the CPU isn't fast enough to bother pairing it with any decent graphics card.

Intel's integrated graphics are more than enough if you're not gaming. If you're gaming, you can get a G860 for $65 and a 7770 for $90 which will give you +100-200% the gaming performance of a A10 5800k system for >12% more system cost.

Trinity has a place in notebooks, but it's kinda stupid in a desktop.


By Samus on 1/23/2013 9:20:11 AM , Rating: 3
Thing is, you can get an A10 + mobo for the price of the i3 3210 + mobo. The CPU's will likely perform competitively (Intel may beat the Athlon in the usual workload tests by a small margin)

...but the A10 has vastly superior graphics performance to anything Intel, so eliminating that $80 video card purchase is money in the bank.


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