Wednesday, February 15th 2012

Ivy Bridge Desktop Core i3 Processor Lineup Detailed, Lack PCIe Gen. 3.0

Details of desktop Core i7 and Core i5 "Ivy Bridge" processors in the LGA1155 package have been detailed at lengths, in the past. Core i3 parts based on the same 22 nm Ivy Bridge silicon, however, were relatively known. Tables listing out updated information about the lineup points out that Intel has as many as five Core i3 "Ivy Bridge" desktop processors in the works, all dual-core, and among which two are low-power parts.

The table also suggests that these Core i3 chips will have reduced features, importantly, the lack of PCI-Express 3.0 bus. When connected to these chips, PCI-E 3.0 add-on cards (such as graphics cards) will function in PCI-Express 2.0 mode. Further, these chips will lack support for AES-NI (accelerates encryption), VT-d (enhanced virtualization), and TXT (security). Certain models in the lineup have faster integrated graphics, denoted by a "5" in the end of the model number. These chips also lack Turbo Boost for the x86 cores, but feature HyperThreading.

Leading the pack is Core i3-3240, clocked at 3.40 GHz, with integrated graphics clocked at 650 MHz / 1020 MHz Dynamic. This is followed by the Core i3-3225, which is clocked at 3.30 GHz, packing faster Intel HD 4000 graphics. The Core i3-3220 is likely the cheapest of the lot, also clocked at 3.30 GHz, but with slower HD 2500 graphics. These three chips have rated TDP of 55W. Moving on to the low-power models, which have 35W TDP, we have the Core i3-3240T, with 3.00 GHz clock speed, and Core i3-3220T, with 2.80 GHz clock speed.Sources: Zol.com.cn, VR-Zone
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27 Comments on Ivy Bridge Desktop Core i3 Processor Lineup Detailed, Lack PCIe Gen. 3.0

#1
jalex3
Not a huge deal but still ashame.
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#2
MikeMurphy
No 3.0? No problem.

I'm more interested in a Core i3 with HD4000 graphics, similar concept to the i3 2105.

EDIT: I see the i3 3225 :)
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#4
DanTheBanjoman
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by: Ikaruga
why no vt-d:(
Because it's a budget CPU.
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#5
mcloughj
Can't imagine anyone using an i3 that would need pci-e 3. Doubt anyone is going to be running a 300 euro graphics card with a sub 100 euro processor..
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#6
xaira
3240t + 7750= ultimate polar bear friendly PC
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#7
Sihastru
by: Ikaruga
why no vt-d:(
Don't confuse VT-d with VT-x. VT-d is seldom needed in the desktop (or even workstation) space. VT-d is reserved for servers.
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#8
faramir
"were relatively known"

What is that supposed to mean ?
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#9
xenocide
The IB i5's are going to have HTing o.O

Or at least the 35xx series is going to.
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#10
Prima.Vera
by: jalex3
Not a huge deal but still ashame.
Not at all. Intel I3 is the nowadays Celeron. ;)
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#11
silkstone
by: Prima.Vera
Not at all. Intel I3 is the nowadays Celeron. ;)
Without the overclocking potential of celerons... so yea, still a shame :(
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#12
newtekie1
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by: xenocide
The IB i5's are going to have HTing o.O

Or at least the 35xx series is going to.
Yeah, the 3570K is looking like it is going to be the sweet spot.
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#13
smartidiot89
Shame there doesn't seem to be a 35W model with HD 4000 graphics:cry:
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#14
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
they need to make some lower end unlocked chips, even if they have to do dualcore.

there should be

dualcore unlocked

quadcore unlocked

quadcore with HT unlocked

AND BE AFFORDABLE!

fuck you intel and your super high priced cpus. $300+ is not acceptable for a cpu no matter how many cores it has. unless it can clean our houses and cook us dinner no one should be paying you upwards of $1200 for a single cpu.
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#15
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Fitseries3
they need to make some lower end unlocked chips, even if they have to do dualcore.

there should be

dualcore unlocked

quadcore unlocked

quadcore with HT unlocked

AND BE AFFORDABLE!

fuck you intel and your super high priced cpus. $300+ is not acceptable for a cpu no matter how many cores it has. unless it can clean our houses and cook us dinner no one should be paying you upwards of $1200 for a single cpu.
Remember, AMD charged $1000+ for their top processors when they were on top too. When you have no competition, you can charge whatever people will pay.

Though I think they need to have way more unlocked and overclockable processors. I miss overclocking the snot out of $50 Celerons. Cutting off the low end overclocking has lost them money, as it has guaranteed that any low-mid range rig I build will be an AMD.
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#16
Disruptor4
Does anyone find it odd that the two unlocked high end socket 1155 processors wont have 3 of the 4 Intel Technologies as shown here?
Why wouldn't they have it when other lower end ones do?
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#18
Fitseries3
Eleet Hardware Junkie
by: Disruptor4
Does anyone find it odd that the two unlocked high end socket 1155 processors wont have 3 of the 4 Intel Technologies as shown here?
Why wouldn't they have it when other lower end ones do?
OCers turn them off anyway, so why have them? BUT... they should knock the price down because of the lack of them because they arent including the features they should have
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#20
ViperXTR
Celeron and Pentiums based on the Sandy Bridge micro-architecture still exist.
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#21
Scheich
Still only 6/8 mb L3 ? And whats the maximum memory voltage, 1.5 v or less ?

Dont really need to know after i bought the ram.
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#22
Hayder_Master
just wanna make sure, are the i7 3930k and 3960x don't support pci-e 3.0 ?
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#23
Ikaruga
by: Sihastru
Don't confuse VT-d with VT-x. VT-d is seldom needed in the desktop (or even workstation) space. VT-d is reserved for servers.
When you need to pay the electricity bill of your co-located little server box from your salary, every cent counts:)
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#24
Disruptor4
by: Fitseries3
OCers turn them off anyway, so why have them? BUT... they should knock the price down because of the lack of them because they arent including the features they should have
Alright fair enough. I don't know much about OCing so are you able to explain what the features are meant for and why the OCers would turn them off?
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#25
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: Ikaruga
When you need to pay the electricity bill of your co-located little server box from your salary, every cent counts:)
In that situation you likely aren't overclocking the processor, so you aren't buying the unlocked version(to save every cent;)), so you will have the features if you plan to use them.
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