With AMD’s Trinity stealing some thunder from Intel’s Ivy Bridge launch, its only natural that Intel was going to have a look around and find some designs for cheaper Ivy Bridge-based Pentiums and Celerons that it was planning to release later on in the year. Compared to Brazos 2.0, these chips should pack quite a punch and will include a version of Intel’s new HD4000 chip that you’ll find embedded in the Core i7-3720QM (QM for quad-core mobile). Given that we’ve never seen many Brazos-based laptops (excluding netbooks) on our shores, this should be good news for those of you looking for cheaper Ultrabooks.
According to Digitimes, Intel will soon be releasing Ultra-low voltage notebook-bound Celerons below the $100 price point this coming June. With the initial launch of Ivy Bridge out of the way, the next wave should bring the Celeron ULV 877 and 807, Core i5-3570, i5-3470 and the lower-voltage and lower-clocked Core i5-3570S and i5-3475S.
While specs for the chips haven’t been released yet, one could gauge the performance difference between the Core i7-3720QM and the Core i5-3570M by comparing the desktop Core i5 3570K and the Core i7 3770. The gap is there, but not so much that you’d miss it if you weren’t using multi-threaded programs that could take advantage of the extra four virtual cores in Intel’s i7 chips. For most people, the Core i5-3570K is the best buy for a high-end gaming system that still keeps up in productivity applications where you’d have to run benchmarks to assess where the performance difference is.
Moving right along though, there’s more chips on the cards now given that Nehalem production has ceased completely (yes, even the i7 990X chips are dead now). The Core i5-3470T is a low-voltage dual-core desktop chip that’s expected to fall in just below the Core i5-3540, but while offering two virtual cores and better efficiency. Three more Ivy Bridge notebook chips will rear their ugly heads in the form of the Core i5-3360M and i5-3320M (both being dual-cores) and the Core i7-3520M, which will also be a dual-core chip. For Ultrabooks there’s the Core i7-3367M and the Core i5-3427M.
Whether or not we’ll see these systems soon, though, is a good question. Sandy Bridge still enjoys a high volume of production and phasing out of the chips may only start in September this year thanks to the high heat issues present in overclocked Ivy Bridge systems. Perhaps Intel will allow some time for companies like Cooler Master, Corsair and Noctua to work on some new CPU coolers that target the high thermal outputs of Ivy Bridge and allow air coolers to break the 5Ghz barrier, rather than force buyers to Ivy Bridge altogether.