Meet Intel’s Sandy Bridge


Intel has released the new Intel processor family. The new processors are codenamed Sandy Bridge. These are the second generation of the i3, i5 and i7 family and are expected to perform far better than their predecessors.

Sandy Bridge are easy to overclock and can reach high speeds with no sweat at all. Okay, I know some of you don’t like to read a lot of sentences and paragraphs so I’ll just give you a summary, overview and graphs showing performance and comparison.

Intel Sandy Bridge Overview

Intel Sandy Bridge Overview

2nd Generation Intel CPU Features

2nd Generation Intel CPU Features

Sandy Bridge will be launched part of the current Core i3, i5 and i7 families, but with a product name that ends in a four number code, 2xxx. Some models have an additional suffix for separating unlocked and energy efficient models.

Core i7 2600K – 3.4GHz – 4 cores / 8 threads – 8MB L3 Cache – 95Watts TDP
Core i7 2600 – 3.4GHz – 4 cores / 8 threads – 8MB L3 Cache – 95Watts TDP
Core i7 2600S – 2.8GHz – 4 cores / 8 threads – 8MB L3 Cache – 65Watts TDP

Core i5 2500K – 3.3GHz – 4 cores / 4 threads – 6MB L3 Cache – 95Watts TDP
Core i5 2500 – 3.3GHz – 4 cores / 4 threads – 6MB L3 Cache – 95Watts TDP
Core i5 2500S – 2.7GHz – 4 cores / 4 threads – 6MB L3 Cache – 65Watts TDP
Core i5 2500T – 2.3GHz – 4 cores / 4 threads – 6MB L3 Cache – 45Watts TDP
Core i5 2400 – 3.1GHz – 4 cores / 4 threads – 6MB L3 Cache – 95Watts TDP
Core i5 2400S – 2.5GHz – 4 cores / 4 threads – 6MB L3 Cache – 45Watts TDP

Core i5 2390T – 2.7GHz – 2 cores / 4 threads – 3MB L3 Cache – 35Watts TDP

Core i3 2120 – 3.3GHz – 2 cores / 4 threads – 3MB L3 Cache – 65Watts TDP
Core i3 2100 – 3.1GHz – 2 cores / 4 threads – 3MB L3 Cache – 65Watts TDP
Core i3 2100T – 2.5GHz – 2 cores / 4 threads – 3MB L3 Cache – 35Watts TDP

The new Sandy Bridge processors have a power consumption from 35W to 95W, and operate at frequencies between 2.5 GHz and 3.4 GHz. Like current Intel processors most models sport Turbo technology (even for GPU) and HyperThreading with half of the processors. Intel’s new desktop processors will launch together with the LGA 1155 platform (Cougar Point) and Intel’s 6 series of chipsets (Intel B65, Q67, P67), which means you are once again forced to update both motherboard and CPU.

Here we have the whole family lineup with their respective prices. As you can see, the new line up are becoming cheaper considering they pack quite a punch and some of these babies can even outperform the first i7 processors.
Sandy Bridge Lineup and Prices
Sandy Bridge Lineup with Prices

Check out some Crysis benchmark and comparison here at bit-tech.
Check out Cinebench benchmark and comparison here at Hardwarecanucks.
And here we have power consumption graphs from Anandtech.

Okay now, I know PC Enthusiast are eager to have one of these and overclock them, pushing Sandy Bridge to their limits. Do you know what it takes to reach 4Ghz++? Only this…
OC Sandy Bridge on Air 4Ghz
Amazing isn’t it? Intel’s processors keep on getting better and better. Better performance, better speeds, better temps and better prices. Can’t wait to have one of these on my hands. ^_^

Other sources: Overclockers

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