Monday, March 14th 2011

Sandy Bridge-Based Pentium Dual-Core G840 Processor Surfaces

The first Intel Pentium branded processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture surfaced in China. The Pentium Dual-Core G840 as it's identified, is said to be based on the 32 nm dual-core silicon. It differs from Core i3 dual-core processors in having no HyperThreading technology (one thread per core), and 3 MB of L3 cache enabled. The AVX instruction set also seems to be lacking according to the CPU-Z screenshot.

The Pentium G840 is clocked at 2.80 GHz, with a base clock of 100 MHz, and 28x multiplier. The embedded Intel HD Graphics GPU is clocked at 850 MHz, with 1100 MHz GPU Turbo Boost frequency. The processor cores lack Turbo Boost. The chip has a TDP of 65W. Pricing and availability details are awaited, though expect this LGA1155 chip to cost under $100.

Source: INPAI
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18 Comments on Sandy Bridge-Based Pentium Dual-Core G840 Processor Surfaces

#1
HalfAHertz
The move to make their most profound and famous brand their lowest performing chip baffles me. Back in the Pentium and Pentium Pro days, every pc was defined as a pentium or pentium compattible pc...
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#2
NdMk2o1o
by: HalfAHertz
The move to make their most profound and famous brand their lowest performing chip baffles me. Back in the Pentium and Pentium Pro days, every pc was defined as a pentium or pentium compattible pc...
I think the name lost that status with the pentium 4 when AMD's Athlon was king of the hill, though AMD have now done the same. Since the core series the pentium chip has been the mid/low end next to the celeron which i believe has now been displaced by the pentium.
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#3
HalfAHertz
I dunno the P4s weren't that bad. I still have one of those with HT running somewhere and it's acceptably fast for browsing and stuff.
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#4
Drone
by: HalfAHertz
I dunno the P4s weren't that bad. I still have one of those with HT running somewhere and it's acceptably fast for browsing and stuff.
same here and it's also 2.8 GHz. However 65W seems high for this
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#5
caleb
by: HalfAHertz
I dunno the P4s weren't that bad.
He didn't say they were bad just that Athlon's owned back then.

Ahh the good old nforce2 times ;)
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#6
AnaMaria81
This proc is good for a small low power server running 24/7. And I'm thinking to a nice VPN also. ;)

Now, all I need is the cheapest mobo and 4gb ddr3 out there
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#7
Melvis
Every man and his dog knows the P4 branding, so this is a good move from intel, keep it simple so even the basic of people know what it is. Even back then know one new what AMD was let alone them been faster then the P4's of the era.
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#8
jpierce55
I think $100 seems a bit high for what it is.
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#9
Munki
by: HalfAHertz
The move to make their most profound and famous brand their lowest performing chip baffles me. Back in the Pentium and Pentium Pro days, every pc was defined as a pentium or pentium compattible pc...
As with everything in technology, it advances and the old become less significant. That is how I view it.
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#10
jpierce55
by: Munki
As with everything in technology, it advances and the old become less significant. That is how I view it.
Good point, Pentium and Athlon names have just been used way to long!
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#11
nINJAkECIL
Pity that this pentium can't be OCed like the previous gen pentium E2xxx/E5xxx
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#12
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: Drone
However 65W seems high for this
not really. Transistors still leak whether in use or not.
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#13
robertc
by: nINJAkECIL
Pity that this pentium can't be OCed like the previous gen pentium E2xxx/E5xxx
Why do you say this won't be able to be OC'ed like those?

I have a E5200 oc'ed to 4.25GHz now.
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#14
Over_Lord
News Editor
Shame, no speed difference from the Pentium G9650

New socket(thought this was budget). The Pentium G9650 would overclock like hell, this doesn't. I feel pathetic even saying I**EL
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#15
nINJAkECIL
by: robertc
Why do you say this won't be able to be OC'ed like those?

I have a E5200 oc'ed to 4.25GHz now.
because only the unlocked multiplies processors are able to OCed, and surely this one doesn't have unlocked multiplier
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#16
robertc
Gotcha, didn't realize you HAD to get the -K variants to get decent OC'ing. Just figured the -K were like the "black" edition AMD's with the unlocked multiplier.
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#17
DanishDevil
Anyone else notice that the CPU pictured is inscribed with 3.10 GHz?
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#18
Static~Charge
And does this processor come with a set of leg shackles for the new owner, just to get you into the spirit of things? :shadedshu
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