Intel has announced a total of 16 new Sandy Bridge processors today, augmenting its lineup in the mid and low-end markets on the desktop and in the high and low-end markets on laptops.

On the desktop side, we have four new Core-series processors, one i5 (the 2320) along with three i3s (the 2130, 2125, and 2120T. Along with these comes three new Pentium processors (the G860, G630, and G630T) and four low-end Celerons (the G540, G530, G530T, and G440). The G440 has the dubious honor of being the only single-core Sandy Bridge of which I am aware.

New Sandy Bridge Desktop CPUs
Name Cores/Threads CPU Clock L3 Cache GPU GPU Clock TDP Price
i5-2320 4/4 3.0 GHz (3.3GHz Turbo) 6MB HD 2000 850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo) 95W $177
i3-2130 2/4 3.4 GHz 3MB HD 2000 850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo) 65W $138
i3-2125 2/4 3.3GHz 3MB HD 3000 850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo) 65W $134
i3-2120T 2/4 2.6GHz 3MB HD 2000 650 MHz (1100 MHz turbo) 35W $127
Pentium G860 2/2 3.0GHz 3MB HD 850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo) 65W $86
Pentium G630 2/2 2.7GHz 3MB HD 850 MHz (1100 MHz turbo) 65W $75
Pentium G630T 2/2 2.3GHz 3MB HD 650 MHz (1100 MHz turbo) 35W $70
Celeron G540 2/2 2.5GHz 2MB HD 850 MHz (1000 MHz turbo) 65W $52
Celeron G530 2/2 2.4GHz 2MB HD 850 MHz (1000 MHz turbo) 65W $42
Celeron G530T 2/2 2.0GHz 2MB HD 650 MHz (1100 MHz turbo) 35W $47
Celeron G440 1/1 1.6GHz 1MB HD 650 MHz (1000 MHz turbo) 35W $37

Most of these processors are simple clock bumps of existing processors and their energy-effecient T-series counterparts. What's new here is the Celeron series of processors, most of which sacrifice 100 MHz of GPU Turbo speed and another MB of L3 cache compared to their Pentium counterparts (according to CPU World's listings, VT-x and EM64T remain available on all models). It's also important to remember here that the HD-series graphics has nothing to do with Intel's last-gen IGP - in Sandy Bridge models, the HD graphics series is basically the HD 2000 series with QuickSync and a few other video features disabled - see our Sandy Bridge Pentium review for more information on this.

The new laptop CPUs are fewer in number, and aimed at both the high-end and very low-end of the market.

New Sandy Bridge Laptop CPUs
Name Cores/Threads CPU Clock L3 Cache GPU Clock TDP Price
i7-2960XM 4/8 2.7 GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) 8MB 650 MHz (1300 MHz turbo) 55W $1096
i7-2860QM 4/8 2.5 GHz (3.6 GHz Turbo) 8MB 650 MHz (1300 MHz turbo) 45W $568
i7-2760QM 4/8 2.4GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo) 6MB 650 MHz (1300 MHz turbo) 45W $378
i7-2640M 2/4 2.8GHz (3.5 GHz Turbo) 4MB 650 MHz (1300 MHz turbo) 35W $346
Celeron B840 2/2 1.9GHz 2MB 650 MHz (950 MHz turbo) 35W $86

The Core i7-2960XM is an Extreme Edition processor and is the fastest quad-core chip that Intel currently offers, and it has a pricetag to match. On the other end of the spectrum, the Celeron B840 is a dual-core processor that loses L3 cache and some GPU Turbo speed, though it retains VT-x and the same HD 3000-series GPU that all mobile Sandy Bridge CPUs possess.

Source: CPU World, CPU World

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  • Zak - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - link

    Geez... why so many CPU models?!? Reply
  • Roland00Address - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - link

    The only one that looks interesting is the i7-2760QM, which is about 20% faster than the i7-2630QM. What is the bulk 1000 price for the i7-2630QM, I am curious what form of premium intel is charging between these cpus. Reply
  • bennyg - Wednesday, September 07, 2011 - link

    Less than $378 though, that's exactly what the 2720qm 1k bulk price is, and the 2760qm seems ~10% faster than that as well.

    Just like Clarksfield "refresh"... same damn CPUs just with different binning. Intel is so far out ahead they can play with the market like this and withhold peak performance. Goddamn we need AMD to challenge in the big time again to force some honesty out of this monopoly.
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  • VoraciousGorak - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - link

    Here I was hoping we were finally finished with single core desktop CPUs. I can't think of any reason - none - to cut $5 off the overall price of a computer for barely a third the CPU power of the next model up. Reply
  • Taft12 - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - link

    Appliances with minimal processing needs. Reply
  • VoraciousGorak - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - link

    Which would seem to be the market for an Atom combo, no? Reply
  • Taft12 - Thursday, September 08, 2011 - link

    Not if there's esoteric I/O needs requiring a PCI card or 2, HDMI port, you name it. Trust me, there's a call for this in my industry. Reply
  • ezinner - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - link

    I am tired of all thse crippled processors. I wish either AMD or Intel would pair down their processor lines to just mobile and desktop with a few different flavors of each. Why underclock, disable cores or hyperthreading and do other foolish things so you can lower the price? Reply

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