Intel Intros New Sandy Bridge Processors

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Intel Intros New Sandy Bridge Processors

Intel has added several new processors to its current ‘Sandy Bridge’ Core i-series lineup. New models include faster i7 dual- and quad-cores and a faster i7 Extreme Edition.

The following new processors have been introduced:

Processor Cores/Threads CPU Clock Turbo Boost to… TDP Bulk Price
Core i7-2960XM 4/8 2.7GHz 3.7GHz 55W $1,096
Core i7-2860QM 4/8 2.5GHz 3.6GHz 45W $568
Core i7-2760QM 4/8 2.4GHz 3.5GHz 45W $378
Core i7-2640M 2/4 2.8GHz 3.5GHz 35W $346
B840 Celeron 2/2 1.9GHz N/A 35W $86

The Core i7-2960XM is the fastest quad-core mobile CPU on the market, replacing the slightly slower i7-2920XM. Naturally it is also the highest-priced mobile processor available. Due to its high TDP of 55W, it is only available in select notebooks that can handle the extra heat (read: 17.3-inch+ desktop replacements).
The other processors are virtually identical to current processors with only a slight bump in clockspeed. The Celeron B840 is a budget CPU; it lacks hyper-threading and will be found in inexpensive ~$500 notebooks.

Expect to see these processors make an appearance in existing notebooks soon.

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