Intel has finally unveiled its next generation of Core architecture based micro-processors. This new generation of Core i3, i5 and i7 processors from Intel promise to be faster and more power efficient as well. These new CPUs also feature a new integrated graphics core dubbed as processor graphics. They are capable of providing up to 2x the performance boost compared to the GMA4500 IGP from Intel.
In all, Intel has released 29 brand new CPUs across the Core ix range including the mobile processors. All these new CPUs are manufactured on the 32nm fabrication process thus helping in reducing power consumption. With this refresh, Intel has also improved its Turbo Boost and Hyper Threading technologies. These new CPUs also include new features from Intel like WiDi 2.0, Intel InTru 3D and Quick Sync Video. Readers can read more about these new CPUs here.
The sad part is that these new Core CPU’s from Intel requires an all new LGA-1155 socket based motherboards. Intel could have easily maintained backward compatibility with the older LGA-1156 socket based motherboards. Sadly, the company did not do so.
Ironically, these CPUs have been on sale even before Intel announced them. In fact, many consumers have already got new systems based on these new generation Core processors.
PC World reports that Intel is working on a Core i3 Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processor for the ultra-thin laptops. The processor will be launched before the end of this quarter. The Core i3 ULV chip will be based on the 32nm fabrication process, which helps reduce power consumption.
According to Stephen Smith, Vice President and Director of PC Client operations at Intel The new processors will reach laptops in the second half of the year.These ultra-low voltage CPUs are used by manufacturers in ultra-thin laptops.
Rumors also suggest that these processors will feature the Intel HyperThreading technology. These chips will offer a better performance than the Intel Atom processors. The Core i3 and Core i5 processors have a graphics core and a processing core integrated into a single chip. This helps in reducing the power consumption while improving the graphics performance of the notebooks.
Intel had launched the Core i3 and Core i5 series of processors for Desktops and Notebooks at the beginning of this year.
Our sources indicate that Intel the world largest processor manufacturer will be announcing few new processors in the second quarter of this year. The Intel Core i5-655 and Core i7875 processors will be based on the LGA-1156 socket and will feature an unlocked multiplier. The Core i5-655 processor will feature 2 processing cores running at 3.2Ghz each. Its elder sibling the Core i7875 will feature four cores running at 2.93Ghz each. The Core i5-655 processor will have 4Mb of L3 cache, while the Core i7-875 will have 8Mb of L3 cache.
Both the processors, like their other siblings in the Core i5 and Core i7 line-up, will be based on the 32nm fabrication process. These processor also feature an unlocked multiplier to facilitate overclocking. Thanks to an unlocked multiplier, Overclockers can directly OC their processors without playing around with their computer RAM’s speeds and timings and/or any other settings. Intel is also expected to announce a Core i3-550 processor along with an Intel Pentium E5500 processor in the second quarter. The Pentium E5500 processor will be based on the 45nm fabrication process.
It is expected that Intel Core i7-875 will cost less than 300$. The expected price of Pentium E5500 is around 70$. No information about the pricing of other processors were available though.