Intel Offers up Budget Celeron, Pentium Ivy Bridge Chips for as Little as $42
January 22, 2013 6:20 PM
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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. (
) is pushing its
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 $86 USD Pentium G2130 (3.2 GHz, 55 W).
The Pentiums carry 3 MB of L3 cache, while the Celerons offer only 2 MB of L3.
Intel is offering more affordable
chips, at last. [Image Source: Intel]
Rounding out the lineup is the launch of the i3-3210 (3.2 GHz, 55 W), a dual-core part that comes with hyperthreading (for four threads, total). Like the Pentiums, it comes with 3 MB of L3 cache.
The G2130 and the i3-3210 support slightly faster DDR3-1600, while the other new parts support DDR3-1333.
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RE: AMD A4-5300 @$@*s on Intel and laughs while doing so
1/25/2013 4:22:43 PM
A little clarification there..... it depends on what you are looking for and your plans for using it.
Some games only use 1 or 2 cores, so the higher core speed AMDs work better if those are your primary games. For the newer expansive games and programs that do take advantage of multiple cores then the similar level 4-8 core Intels spank AMDs left and right.
Of course the aim of this article is more about the low end entry level PCs we build for our parents and grandparents, or for basic office work systems. Not too many gamers would be building a gaming machine using a Celeron or the low end i3 mentioned here... unless they are just trying to get the base machine up and running and plan to upgrade to i5 or i7 a few months later.
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