New Ivy Bridge desktop duallies include $86 Pentium

On Tuesday, we told you all about the latest revision of Intel’s price list, which quietly introduced the very first dual-core Ivy Bridge processors for desktops: the $138 Core i3-3240, the $134 Core i3-3225, and the $117 Core i3-3220.

Well, it turns out the document wasn’t 100% correct. There’s actually a fourth Ivy desktop duallie, and it’s priced at only $86.

That chip is the Pentium G2120, a 3.1GHz part with two cores, two threads, and 3MB of L3 cache. Intel’s price list classifies it as a 32-nm offering, but the freshly updated Intel ARK database reveals this is actually a 22-nm chip. (The chip’s ARK listing wasn’t up when we wrote our story on Tuesday.) Just like other members of the Ivy Bridge family, the Pentium G2120 supports DDR3-1600 memory, and its integrated graphics have the ability to drive three displays all at once. Also, its 55W power envelope is slimmer than the 65W TDPs of 32-nm, desktop-bound Pentiums.

All of this means Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor lineup now stretches from $86 to $332, covering a pretty broad range of price points. And that’s good news for anyone on a budget.

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    • xeridea
    • 7 years ago

    55W TDP seems a bit high when a quad with HT, and graphics only has 77W TDP. So 1/3 the perf, and no graphics nets you about 27% less power usage.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      No, it doesn’t, because TDP != power draw.

    • ztrand
    • 7 years ago

    can someone spare me hours of googling and explain what the differences are between the current versions of Pentium, Celeron and the rest of Core-iX. I can see clocks and caches but are there any architectural differences affecting performance?

    sigh. 5 years ago i knew every detail about this stuff but lately i cant really be bothered unless i am buying something which is only every 2 or 3 years.

      • mganai
      • 7 years ago

      Core i7s are all quad and up with hyperthreading, 8 MB L3 cache and turbo boost; Core i5s are currently quad cores with turbo boost but without hyperthreading and with 6 MB L3; i3s are hyperthreaded dual cores but without Turbo Boost and with 3 MB L3. Pentiums and Celerons have hyperthreading disabled, less L3 (even less in the latter case, which is single core in some models). Of course, check wikipedia for more; this applies just for desktop.

        • Narishma
        • 7 years ago

        And that applies only to desktop CPUs. The laptop versions are completely different even when they have similar names.

          • mganai
          • 7 years ago

          Hence my last sentence.

        • ztrand
        • 7 years ago

        short and to the point. thanks.

      • Bauxite
      • 7 years ago

      [url<]http://ark.intel.com[/url<] Select models you are interested in, click compare, done Example: low power ivy desktop variants: [url<]http://ark.intel.com/compare/65735,65738,65694,66168,65703,65521,65525,65728[/url<]

        • ztrand
        • 7 years ago

        oooh… this was really useful. thanks!

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      For the desktop chips:
      Celerons: currently all SB based. 1 or 2 threads. 1 or 2 cores. 1-2MB of L2. 6 graphics ‘cores’. DDR3-1066
      Pentiums: SB and IVB based. 1 or 2 threads. 1 or 2 cores. 3MB of L2. 6 graphics ‘cores’ (or none for display-less parts) DDR3-1066/1333/1600 (depending on model)
      Core-i3 (third gen): IVB based, 4 threads. 2 cores. 3MB of L2. 8 or 16 graphics ‘cores’. DDR3-1333/1600. AVX, QuickSync, InTru 3D, Intel Insider, Wi-Di
      Core-i5 (third gen and excepting the strange i5-3470T): IVB based, 4 threads, 4 cores. 6MB of L2. 8 or 16 graphics ‘cores’. DDR3-1333/1600. TurboBoost. AESNI, AVX, QuickSync, InThru3D, Intel Insider, Wi-Di. Some have VT-d and Trusted Execution Technology, but that’s a minefield–look it up if you need it.
      Core-i7 (third gen): IVB based. 8 threads. 4 cores. 8M of L2. 16 graphics ‘cores’. DDR3-1333/1600. Turbo Boost. AESNI, AVX, QuickSync, InThru3D, Intel Insider, Wi-Di. VT-d and Trusted Execution Technology–except for the K model.

      Someone else do mobile, I’m burnt out.

      Edit: spelling!

        • ztrand
        • 7 years ago

        thanks a lot, this was pretty much everything i needed 🙂

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    “On Tuesday, we told you all about the latest revision of Intel’s price list, which quietly introduced the very first dual-core Ivy Bridge processors for desktops…”

    Actually I told everybody in the Labor Day shortbread comments.

    [url<]https://techreport.com/news/23510/labor-day-shortbread[/url<] Some of these parts were available from Newegg over the Labor Day weekend. But it was nice of you to report it a day later.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      -1 for being a sourpuss and worrying about when who wrote what first in comments.

    • Bauxite
    • 7 years ago

    i3 3220T on amazon, but still says 35W TDP…was really hoping for a drop down to 25W or lower

    Getting conflicting data about exact features on various chips, need Intel Ark to update and set all the other sites straight.

    example (scroll down to related cpus)
    [url<]http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_i3/Intel-Core%20i3-3220T.html[/url<] [url<]http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Core_i3/Intel-Core%20i3-3240T.html[/url<] edit: nevermind Ark has them all now, no AES instructions either, guess I can't cheap out 🙁

      • mganai
      • 7 years ago

      Haswell isn’t too far off. With mobile ULV dropping from 17 to 10W, it could happen!

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    Pentium G2120 probably is a substantially better gaming CPU than my X4 955. Probably better at several things than my X4 955.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Probably not the fairest comparison, as X4 955 is three years and two process nodes older

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        It still represents the very best you can buy from AMD at that price range.

        That said I wouldn’t jump from a 955 to a G2120. If I was going to jump, I’d jump to a 3570K.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 7 years ago

        Yet it’s the comparison AMD has left for consumers. If you want to complain, complain to AMD for failing to offer anything at the price point.

      • Price0331
      • 7 years ago

      I dunno, I think I would rather stick with the x4 955 or upgrade to an i5-i7.

        • mganai
        • 7 years ago

        Yeah, it’s just a cheap sidestep for a basic web machine. I’d want a little more power even out of an ultrabook.

      • vargis14
      • 7 years ago

      With ddr3 1600 support it has to have about 20gb of mem bandwidth.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      I doubt it. Since the G2120 does not even have hyperthreading I would doubt that it would out perform an i3-2100 which would be about equivalent to a 955.

      [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=289[/url<]

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        There’s a complete lack of current games in that benchmark. AT would need to retest with stuff people actually play today. Not enough games use more than 2 cores for HT to not make a difference.

        edit: Comparing an A8-3850 to a 955, you see a ~10% advantage for the 955 pretty much across the board. So to compare a 955 to a 2100, do the 3850 and 2100 and give the 3850 a +10% bonus to performance. Now you have current games where the 2100 is giving a sound thrashing and the difference (particularly with Starcraft II Ultra CPU settings) can potentially be the difference between fast enough and not. Even When the 2100 wins by 40-50%, that’s pretty huge.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          In head to head comparisons between the 2100 and the 3850 they are virtually identical.

          [url<]http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/A8-3850-vs-Core-i3-2100-CPU-Review/1325/14[/url<]

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            That link is completely moronic. A GeForce 430? Really? Talk about a bottleneck.

          • DPete27
          • 7 years ago

          Hmm, I wonder what SC2 benchmark you’re looking at; ’cause [url=http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-fx-pentium-apu-benchmark,3120-6.html<]this one[/url<] shows the i3-2100 "thrashing" ALL AMD processors on the "Extreme" setting Edit: Sorry, misunderstood your wording.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah that’s really what I meant. I suppose I could have phrased it better.

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