Intel adds new dual-core desktop, mobile chips based on old silicon

Barely a week after introducing its first Haswell processorss, Intel is back with more chips. The additions fill out the bottom of Intel's lineup, and they're actually based on older silicon. CPU World has the goods on the new models, which we've summarized in a couple of tables below. Let's start with the socketed desktop offerings, all of which come in an LGA1155 package compatible with both 7- and 8-series motherboards.

Model Cores/Threads Clock speed L3 cache Graphics Graphics clock TDP Price
Core i3-3250 2/4 3.5GHz 3MB HD 2500 650/1050MHz 55W $138
Core i3-3250T 2/4 3GHz 3MB HD 2500 650/1050MHz 35W $138
Core i3-3245 2/4 3.4GHz 3MB HD 4000 650/1050MHz 55W $134
Pentium G2140 2/2 3.3GHz 3MB HD 650/1050MHz 55W $86
Pentium G2120T 2/2 2.7GHz 3MB HD 650/1050MHz 35W $75
Pentium G2030T 2/2 2.6GHz 3MB HD 650/1050MHz 35W $64
Pentium G2030 2/2 3GHz 3MB HD 650/1050MHz 55W $64
Celeron G470 1/2 2GHz 1.5MB HD 650/1000MHz 35W $37

With the exception of the Sandy Bridge-based Celeron G470, all the CPUs above are derived from Ivy Bridge silicon. The Core i3-3250 and its low-power T variant represent 100MHz bumps over the former top models in each lineup. The i3-3245 has a similar CPU clock speed to the 3250 but faster HD 4000 integrated graphics.

We find similar upgrades on the Pentium front. The new models are all 100MHz faster than previous ones, which are priced identically in some cases. I wouldn't expect those older models to stick around very long, though.

Model Cores/Threads Clock speed L3 cache Graphics Graphics clock TDP Price
Celeron 1005M 2/2 1.9GHz 2MB HD 650/1000MHz 35W $86
Celeron 1017U 2/2 1.6GHz 2MB HD 350/1000MHz 17W $86

There are only two additions to Intel's mobile family, both based on Ivy Bridge. The 1.9GHz Celeron 1005M slots in between the 1000M at 1.8GHz and the 1020M at 2.1GHz. Meanwhile, the 1017U offers a little more speed than the 1.5GHz 1007U but not quite as much as the 1.8GHz 1037U. Intel slaps the same price tag on all six of these processors, including the two newcomers: $86.

Given what we've seen on the desktop, you're not losing much going back to Ivy Bridge. I'd hold out for Haswell in notebooks, though.

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