Intel adds 16 new CPU models


— 10:59 AM on September 6, 2011

Intel has updated its official processor price list with a handful of new models and a smattering of discounts to existing ones. Let's start with the new chips, some of which were rumored to be on the way.

On the desktop, the Core i5-2320 slots in above the 2310 with four cores, 6MB of cache, and a 3.0GHz base clock speed. The i5-2320 has the same $177 asking price as the 2310 and 2300, which are surely on their way out. The Core i3-2120 also looks to be living on borrowed time, replaced by the 2125 and 2130, which run at 3.3 and 3.4GHz, respectively. Intel is charging $134 for the i3-2125 and $138 for the 2130.

Further down the desktop line, there are three new Celerons and a couple of updated Pentium models. Intel has also refreshed its low-power desktop parts with new offerings in the Celeron, Pentium, and Core i3 families. For the most part, the new low-power chips represent a 100MHz speed bump over the existing models.

On to mobile, where Intel has a bunch of new Core i7 CPUs for notebooks. At the top of the line, the Core i7-2960XM sets a new bar with a 2.7GHz base clock speed and a 3.5GHz Turbo peak. You can expect 200MHz speed bumps from the Core i7-2860QM and 2760QM, which look primed to supplant the 2820QM and 2720QM for $568 and $378, respectively. There's also the Core i7-2640M, which appears to be a 100MHz upgrade for the 2620M at $346. For considerably less, the $86 mobile B840 is poised to supplant a range of mobile dual-core chips.

I've seen a number of sites tout the fact that Intel is accompanying these new chips with a round of price cuts. There isn't much to see on that front, though. Only Intel's low-power desktop chips have been discounted, and then only by 4-6%. Enthusiast-friendly Core i5-2500K and i7-2600K CPUs remain at their initial launch prices some nine months after Sandy Bridge's official debut. With Bulldozer still missing in action, I suppose Intel has little reason to sell those CPUs for anything less.

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