Today, Intel has released seven new Sandy Bridge based CPUs: three Core i5 and four Celeron models. All the i5 SKUs are desktop models, whereas the Celeron SKUs are mobile: two standard voltage and two ultra-low voltage models. Below is a table of the new SKUs. 

Specifications of New Intel CPUs (1/30/2012)
SKU Core/Thread Count Frequency Max Turbo Frequency L3 Cache TDP Price
Core i5-2550K 4/4 3.4GHz 3.8GHz 6MB 95W $225
Core i5-2450P 4/4 3.2GHz 3.5GHz 6MB 95W $195
Core i5-2380P 4/4 3.1GHz 3.4GHz 6MB 95W $177
Celeron B815 2/2 1.6GHz N/A 2MB 35W $86
Celeron B720 1/1 1.7GHz N/A 1MB 35W $70
Celeron 867 2/2 1.3GHz N/A 2MB 17W $134
Celeron 797 1/1 1.4GHz N/A 1MB 17W $107

You may be wondering what the P at the end of two Core i5 SKUs stands for. Intel has not updated their product database yet so we aren't 100% sure, but VR-Zone is reporting that it implies a GPU-less model. VR-Zone is also stating that the i5-2550K is GPU-less as well, which would be a step down from the i5-2500K that features Intel HD 3000 graphics.

This is a logical move as Intel must have a stack of chips with fully working cores and other parts, but the IGP isn't functional. On the other hand, it's good to keep in mind that a disabled IGP means no Quick Sync. Since the price and specification differences between the models with IGP and the models without is so small, we recommend buying a model with the graphics as you never know when you might want/need Quick Sync or more video outputs. The 100MHz increase in frequency isn't worth the loss of the IGP. 

As for the CPUs in general, i5-2550K is obviously the successor of i5-2500K. It has 100MHz (i.e. one CPU bin) higher frequencies than i5-2500K and is priced $9 higher. Similarly, i5-2450P and i5-2380P are successors of i5-2400 and i5-2320—the i5-2450P being $11 more expensive and i5-2380P being priced the same as its predecessor. Celeron B815 replaces B810 at the $86 price point; they share the same core specs while the GPU gets a bump in maximum clock from 950MHz to 1050MHz. Meanwhile, B720 succeeds B710 with 100MHz higher frequency and the same $70 price tag. Celeron 867 becomes the new high-end ULV Celeron by taking the place of 857 at the price point of $134 with 100MHz higher frequency, and 797 increases the frequency by 100MHz to 1.4GHz in the $107 category and replaces 787.

Source: Intel

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  • wut - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Uh, last time I checked Intel's tick-tock is right on schedule. There is still a new iteration once per year. Reply
  • extide - Thursday, February 02, 2012 - link

    Right, but if AMD was more competitive we WOULD see better value from Intel as well. Less crippled processors and stuff released at higher speeds for less money. Intel has plenty of room to lower their profit margin *if they need to* but right now, they dont, so they make as much money as they can. Business 101. Reply
  • dilligad - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    if 2550k is gpu-less they should name it 2550p or 2550kp, 2550k is totally misleading. Reply
  • Taft12 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - link

    Apparently you haven't been paying attention to Intel product naming for a good number of years now -- it's been misleading since the P4 days. Reply

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