German site Computerbase
has posted what it claims is the first list of Intel's up-coming Sandy Bridge
-based processors - and there are some interesting chips for both desktop and laptop use.
The lists - spotted and translated by The Tech Report
- indicate that Intel's new desktop processors will range from the top-end Core i7-2600K quad-core unit running at 3.4GHz (3.8GHz when Intel's Turbo Boost functionality is engaged and two cores are disabled) with 8MB L3 cache and a TDP of 95W, to a Core i3-2100T dual-core chip running at 2.5GHz (no Turbo Boost on this one, sadly) with 3MB L3 cache and a 35W TDP at the low end.
The Sandy Bridge parts list has also been leaked for the up-coming mobile processor range, with the top-end Core i7-2920XM offering four 2.5GHz (3.5GHz with Turbo Boost) processing cores with 8MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 55W, and the bottom-end dual-core Core i5-2520M offering speeds of 2.5GHz (3.2GHz with Turbo Boost) with 3MB L3 cache and a TDP of 35W.
If the TDP appears high on the mobile side of things, that's because it is: Intel's Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (CULV) chips - the ones that make it possible to produce slim laptops with ten-hour runtimes - won't be getting Sandy Bridge technology just yet.
Although the parts lists haven't been confirmed by Intel yet, they match expectations - so the only thing remaining for Intel to announce is the price and precisely when the new chips will be available to system builders.
Are there any chips in the new Sandy Bridge range that particularly jump out at you, or will it all depend on what price Intel sets on each as to which is your next planned upgrade? Has the fact that Intel will be limiting overclocking
on the new chips put you off already? Share your thoughts over in the forums.