Intel seems fond of adding processors to its price list on quiet Sundays every now and then. That's just what happened with the latest batch of ultra-low-voltage Sandy Bridge mobile processors, which showed up out of the blue in the chipmaker's June 19 price list update. Here they are:
|Core i7-2677M||2/4||1.8 GHz||2.9 GHz||4 MB||17W||$317|
|Core i7-2637M||2/4||1.7 GHz||2.8 GHz||4 MB||17W||$289|
|Core i5-2557M||2/4||1.7 GHz||2.7 GHz||3 MB||17W||$250|
|Celeron 847||2/2||1.1 GHz||N/A||2 MB||17W||$134|
All four offerings have 17W thermal envelopes and FCBGA1023 ball-grid-array packages, so they're sure to show up in ultraportables from various manufacturers. The Celeron 847's low price should make it ripe for cheap consumer ultraportables—the kind that rub elbows with Atom netbooks yet feature better displays, faster hardware, and Windows 7 Home Premium. 1.1GHz without Turbo Boost or Hyper-Threading isn't exactly fast, though, even by Sandy Bridge standards.
The folks at AppleInsider also expect some of these new chips to show up in Apple's revamped MacBook Air laptops this summer. Whatever processors Apple ends up using, the upgrade will have been long overdue—current variants of the MacBook Air are still toting old Core 2 CPUs.
|Ryzen motherboard availability check: come and get them||2|
|Intel defends its process-technology leadership at 14nm and 10nm||24|
|AOC U3277PWQU display is an affordable 32" 4K monster||0|
|Asus GTX 1080 and 1060 cards with faster RAM go the extra mile||18|
|Thermaltake's View 28 case can light up any room||23|
|Samsung unboxes Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets and accessories||36|
|Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming K5 mobo trims a little fat||14|
|Windows 10 Creators Update set to hit PCs on April 11||23|
|SiSoft Sandra Platinum 2017 is ready for Ryzen||1|