Since its introduction this spring, Ivy Bridge has slowly trickled down Intel's desktop processor lineup. It infiltrated the low-end Core i3 and Pentium families last month, and now, CPU World reports that the chip is poised to power a handful of new Celerons. Three Ivy-based Celerons are purportedly coming early next year: the Celeron G1610T, G1610, G1620.
Like existing Celerons, the new models are supposedly set to sport dual cores. They won't feature Hyper-Threading or Turbo support, and their L3 caches will be limited to 2MB. According to CPU-World, the G1610 will be clocked at 2.6GHz, while the G1620 will run 100MHz faster. Both chips will apparently have 55W TDPs, 10W lower than Sandy-based Celerons with the same clock speeds. The Celeron G1610T will reportedly have the same 35W thermal envelope as Intel's existing low-power Celeron, the G550T, but the newcomer's 2.3GHz clock speed will be a smidgen higher.
All the Ivy-based Celerons will be designed to work with DDR3-1333 memory, a bump up from the 1066MHz RAM support of the Sandy-derived chips. That upgrade should help the performance of the integrated GPU, which shares memory bandwidth with the CPU cores. However, it doesn't match the DDR3-1600 support of the Pentium G2120.
As we saw in our desktop Trinity review, the G2120 is quite a bit slower than its Ivy-based Core i3 siblings. If the incoming Celerons have lower core and memory speeds plus less cache (the Pentium has 3MB of L3), it's hard to be optimistic about their performance. Of course, the Celerons will likely cost around $50 or less—about half the going rate for the Pentium G2120. AMD's cheapest desktop Trinity APU, the A4-5300, offers dual cores at 3.4-3.6GHz for just $65 right now.
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