Report: New Ivy-based Pentiums on the way

The PC market wouldn't be the same without the endless multiplication of sub-$100 processors. Every few months, it seems, AMD and Intel take turns pelting budget shoppers (and PC makers) with new, imperceptibly quicker versions of their most affordable CPUs.

Now, it looks like Intel's turn may be coming up. CPU-World reports that, next quarter, the chipmaker will add four models to its Ivy Bridge-derived Pentium lineup. Two of the upcoming processors will belong to the Pentium G2000 series, and their specs are rumored to be as follows:

Processor Cores Threads Clock speed L3 cache TDP Price
Pentium G2010 2 2 2.8 GHz 3 MB 55W $64
Pentium G2020 2 2 2.9 GHz 3 MB 55W $64
Pentium G2030 2 2 3.0 GHz 3 MB 55W ?
Pentium G2020T 2 2 2.5 GHz 3 MB 35W $64
Pentium G2030T 2 2 2.6 GHz 3 MB 35W ?

The other two newcomers will reportedly be part of the Pentium G2100 series, and here's how they'll compare:

Processor Cores Threads Clock speed L3 cache TDP Price
Pentium G2120 2 2 3.1 GHz 3 MB 55W $75
Pentium G2130 2 2 3.2 GHz 3 MB 55W $86
Pentium G2140 2 2 3.3 GHz 3 MB 55W ?
Pentium G2120T 2 2 2.67 GHz 3 MB 35W ?

In case you're wondering, no, there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between the Pentium G2000 and G2100 series. The former can tap into DDR3-1600 RAM, while the G2000 series is limited to DDR3-1333. Integrated graphics clock speeds are same across the board—650MHz base and 1050MHz peak—and features like Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading are absent throughout.

CPU-World hasn't figured out prices for the rumored additions, but it says they "should be close or identical to prices of currently available Pentium CPUs." That's probably a safe bet. Usually, newly released Intel budget chips occupy their predecessors' old price points, while those predecessors end up selling at a discount.

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