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Intel outs three graphics-less Core i5 CPUs

by Steven Williamson on 30 January 2012, 12:02

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Intel has refreshed its desktop processor price-list today, outing three new Core i5 CPUs, none of which feature built-in graphics.

It seems that Intel must have a stack of chips with faulty graphic processors, but instead of scrapping them it's simply disabled the IGP and is now selling them on at a reduced price, probably shifting the last of the Sandy Bridge processors before the arrival of Ivy Bridge.

Boasting four cores and the ability to process four threads simultaneously, the most expensive chip out of the three Core i5 models is the SandyBridge-unlocked Intel i5-2550K clocked at 3.4GHz with a 3.8GHz maximum Turbo Boost speed and a 6MB L3 cache. Priced at $225/170 Euro, it’s a slightly stronger alternative to the Core i5-2500K (3.3 GHz.)

The Core i5-2450P and i5-2380P are priced $195/148 Euro and $177/134 Euro respectively. Both CPUs have 6MB L3 cache and slightly different stock and maximum turbo speeds, with the i5-2450P clocking from 3.2GHz to a maximum of 3.5GHz and the i5-2380P from 3.1GHz to 3.4GHz.

Intel has also release four new Celeron micro-processors, the Celeron B815, B720, 867 and 797. The Celeron 867 and 797 are the most expensive of the chips, priced $134/102 Euro and $107/82 Euro respectively. The 867 boasts two cores, carries 2MB of L3 cache and runs clock rates of 1.3GHz. The lower-priced 797 chip runs clock rates of 1.4GHz on a single core with 1MB L3 cache.

The dual-core B815 costs $86/65 Euro runs at 1.6GHz with 2MB of L3 cache, while the single core B720, priced $70/53 Euro, is clocked at 1.7GHz with 1MB of L3 cache.

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I wonder if they'll get slated the same way as AMD for selling defective dies? :rolleyes:
I wonder if they'll get slated the same way as AMD for selling defective dies? :rolleyes:

It's been common practice in the chip industry for as long as I can remember, anyone who slates either Intel or AMD for it is basically declaring themselves to be a clueless numpty. People need to remember they have no ‘right’ to unlockable cores and overclocking headroom, chips only need to work as sold.

It makes excellent business sense, benefits consumers who can save a few ££ buying the cut down SKUs and is better for the environment with less wastage…
So long as they work 100%, then there's absolutely no problem with this at all, that I can see.

Better for the environment and saves people money at the same time.. Win win!
The Core i5 2550K is a fail unless it is cheaper than a Core i5 2500K. So they drop the IGP and it still has a 95W TDP - the E3 Xeons do the same thing and the TDP drops to 80W. If anything it indicates the Core i5 2550K has a higher core voltage than a Core i5 2500K.
Any chance you could put the information in a table, with a few existing CPUs for reference?