Sorry kids, but what you see on the horizon is the back-to-school shopping season -- always a buzz kill when you're knee deep in summer activities you wish would last forever. And with the back-to-school shopping season comes new laptop announcements. Case in point, Acer today is thumping its chest over having launched the first Chromebook to sport a 4th Generation Intel Core i3 processor inside its belly.
Could this be the actual lineup for Haswell desktop parts?
Tech rumor site VR-Zone claims to have an authentic list of Intel’s first wave of “Haswell” desktop processors, and while we can’t confirm it outright, the parts listed seem highly plausible. Of the 14 CPU’s detailed, 6 fall under the category “standard power” with TDP’s of 84W, and 8 are referred to as “low power”, with TDP’s ranging between 65W - 35W.
Giada, a Chinese manufacturer specializing in mini PCs, last week announced a “book-sized” mini PC called the i53, which is very similar to the last Giada product reviewed by us—the Giada i50—in that both look virtually identical and pack an Intel Core i processor. While it may be hard to distinguish between the Giada i50 and i53 at first glance, the two are actually quite different.
Just a few days ago Fudzilla brought up the interesting point that there are no Core i3 flavored 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors on tap from Intel, or at least none that we know of. They haven't shown up in leaked roadmaps and, for the time being, it appears Intel is sticking with Core i5 and i7 models for its mobile Ivy Bridge lineup. Fortunately for you budget buyers out there, Core i3 will make an appearance on the desktop.
While the more leisure-loving among us were roasting weenies over Labor Day weekend, the folks at Intel were busy rolling up their sleeves and going to work. The company revealed a whopping 16 new Sandy Bridge processors over the weekend; five mobile chips and 11 desktop-ready models. That includes couple of Core i3 and i5 chips and a handful of Pentium and Celeron offerings. The big news, though, is the price. The sub-$100 cost of most of the models probably means that Intel’s well aware of the value-priced appeal of AMD’s entry level Llano chips. on.
For those of you not holding out for Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E platform but still wish to upgrade, the Santa Clara chip maker is reportedly prepping a trio of new Core i3 processors for Q3, each one priced so you can pull the trigger without feeling guilty for having overspent. Even the fastest of the bunch -- the Core i3 2130 -- will only set you back $138, making it affordable to cross the Sandy Bridge.
We can't help but look forward to Intel's enthusiast-level Sandy Bridge-E processors that have been spotted on leaked roadmaps, but in the meantime, the chip maker isn't finished pumping out regular Sandy Bridge silicon. In less than a month, Intel plans to launch another Core i3 processor, the Core i3 2015, claims news and rumor site Fudzilla.
PC vendors at CES have been busy unveiling new products built around Intel’s latest generation of Core processors (Sandy Bridge). Unwilling to be left behind, Toshiba too announced a Sandy Bridge-inspired overhaul of its Qosmio and Satellite family of laptops. According to the company, it will begin rolling out new premium and mainstream laptop models with the latest Intel processors later this month.
The high-end Qosmio X505 is among the notebooks that will shortly be receiving new models. Starting at $1,299.99, the new Qosmio X505 laptops feature an 18.4-inch diagonal HD TruBrite widescreen display, the new Core i7 or Core i5 processors, 8GB DDR3 memory, GeForce GTX 460M graphics with up to 1.5GB of discrete DDR5 graphics memory, and a hard drive that spins at 7200 RPM.
The Satellite A660, M640, L650, and E305 notebooks will also be available in completely fresh flavors. However, while Core i7-toting Qosmios and Satellites will be available in January, new Satellite models with the new Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors will only become available in February 2010.
The 3.04-pound notebook features a 12.5-inch HD display, Core i3/i5 ULV processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320 GB HDD, two USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, VGA and HDMI output. You will have to fork out $899 for what is Lenovo’s “first single piece design made of magnesium-aluminum alloy materials."
News and rumor site Fudzilla is reporting that Intel is on the cusp of releasing a new low power Core i3 part, the Core i3 2100T. Built around Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture, the Core i3 2100T (where the "T" stands for Power Optimized Lifestyle) comes rated at just 35W TDP.
That's pretty impressive considering this is a desktop part, one that will mostly likely land in all-in-one (AIO) PCs and other systems where heat output has to be strictly controlled. From a performance standpoint, the upcoming chip features two cores (four threads) hustling along at 2.5GHz. Other features include 3MB of cache, dual-channel DDR3 1066/1333 support, and a graphics core clocked at 650MHz (1,00MHz Turbo).
Core i3 2100T will require a motherboard built around Intel's new socket 1155.