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Upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge Chips to be Core i3/i5/i7 2000 Series

Category: CPU's
Posted: 01:14PM

The upcoming Sandy Bridge chips from Intel will carry the Core i3/i5/i7 names just like the current Nehalem chips. However, to avoid confusion with the current lineup, Intel will add 2000 to the Sandy Bridge chips. In this way, a Core i7 930 will become a Core i7 2930. It sounds a little weird but it is probably the best solution out there. The Sandy Bridge chips will release in the first quarter of 2011 as dual or quad core chips with an IGP on the same chip. These first chips will be fitting into the new 1155 socket. The six and eight core chips will release later in 2011 and fit into the new 2011 socket. Hopefully Intel will keep the Core names simple this time so that the six and eight cores will be under Core i7, the quad cores under Core i5, and the dual cores under Core i3.

Final details on the Sandy Bridge chips should be out before the end of this year.

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RogerDeath on July 11, 2010 01:33PM
Can we try to stick with a motherboard socket for more then just one CPU series? Now we will have three different ones to deal with from Intel alone!
bp9801 on July 11, 2010 01:40PM
Technically four. The Sandy Bridge is coming on two different sockets just like the current lineup has two sockets. Lovely eh?
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Omoronovo on July 11, 2010 04:05PM
At least they are sticking to the same naming convention. I believe this will be the first time since the Pentium 3/4 days that Intel will have stuck with the same naming scheme for a new architecture of processor. Pat Gelsinger said before he left Intel that they could potentially release these chips on the current sockets, but because Intel didn't know the exact electrical and thermal characteristics the chip would eventually have, they decided it wasn't worth the huge expense in testing it for conformity with their current socket; and then the headache if it turned out to be only partially compatible. AMD does it the other way around; rather than building a processor and then the motherboard components with which it will function, they have already got firm specifications for their AM3 socket, and build the processor around that. It's a balance of pro's and cons - Intel wants to remain dominant in terms of maximum performance and areas like performance per watt, whereas AMD has (at least for the time being) been forced to run for value performance instead of challenging Intel's dominance in the high end.
bilcliff on July 12, 2010 12:40AM
AMD's way is why they are are cheaper. their costs would be lower because they know their contraints and dont have to spend a fortune on r&d new sockets everytime they want to bring out new chips. i still dont like the whole core i naming, its confusing having the same name on different sockets. are the 1366 and 1156 sockets going to get new processors once sandy-bridge hits or are they going to go EOL?

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