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Intel sneaks out the Core i5 680

by Scott Bicheno on 19 April 2010, 10:54

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Chip giant Intel refreshed its processor price-list yesterday and there were just a couple of additions.

Of the two, the launch of the Core i5 680 is easily the most significant. Anticipated a month ago, it's a 32nm Clarkdale part with two cores, four threads and 4 MB L3 cache. It also clocks at 3.60 GHz, which should make it Intel's fasted dual-core processor yet.

Price-wise, at $294 (within a batch of a thousand) it costs ten dollars more than the CPU it replaces at the top of the Core i5 pile - the 3.46 GHz 670. Just to remind you, there is a higher numbered Core i5 - the 750 - but this is an anomalous 45nm, 4-core, 4-thread 2.66 GHz part costing $196.

The only other addition was a new Pentium - the E5500. It costs $75 and has a similar spec to the $74 E6500. However, the 5500 clocks slower - 2.8 vs 2.93 GHz - and has lower FSB - 800 vs 1066 MHz - so it's not clear what the positioning is. It's a desktop part, so even energy-saving is a minor factor.

There's no sign of the predicted Core i7 870s yet.

 



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Price-wise, at $294 (within a batch of a thousand) it costs ten dollars more than the CPU it replaces at the top of the Core i5 pile - the 3.46 GHz 670. Just to remind you, there is a higher numbered Core i5 - the 750 - but this is an anomalous 45nm, 4-core, 4-thread 2.66 GHz part costing $196.

Intel's model numbering is as clear as mud!
I have been confussed with the i5s, are they dual or quad? HT or no HT?
Percy1983
I have been confussed with the i5s, are they dual or quad? HT or no HT?
i3 means 2 cores, 4 threads

i5 means 4 threads, can be 4 cores, 4 threads, or 2 cores, 4 threads.

i7 means 8 threads and above
What about the i9s?