Intel might be prepping an unlocked Sandy Bridge duallie

— 9:41 AM on May 19, 2011

Right now, users longing for a Sandy Bridge processor with an unlocked upper multiplier have no choice but to spring for the Core i5-2500K or i7-2600K, which sell for $225 and $315, respectively. That might all change in the not-too-distant future, according to a report over at XFastest.

The Taiwanese site says Intel is cooking up an unlocked Core i3-2120K processor. That model will reportedly feature two fully unlocked Sandy Bridge cores and a $150 price tag. XFastest also quotes a 3.3GHz clock speed, 3MB of L3 cache, a 65W thermal envelope, and Intel HD Graphics 2000. Sadly, the site doesn't say when this chip might hit stores.

For what it's worth, Intel already makes a Core i3-2120 that has neither a K suffix nor a fully unlocked multiplier, but whose specifications mirror those cited by XFastest. Intel quotes a "recommended channel price" of $138 for the i3-2120 part. Considering the chipmaker already offers Core i5-2500 and Core i7-2600 processors priced slightly below their K-series counterparts, this all sounds plausible enough so far.

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