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Intel launches new Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs

Intel Philippines today launched a new series of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors for 2010 along with a host of new motherboards and laptops from several partner manufacturers.

Intel’s Core i3 and Core i5 processors are targeted towards mainstream consumers while the Core i7 will continue to be for marketed for enthusiasts and gamers.

The main difference between the Core i3 and the Core i5 is that the latter will have Turbo-Boost (the auto-overclocking feature). The Core i3 has Hyperthreading (HT) comes in 2.93GHz and 3.06GHz for the desktop and 2.13GHz and 2.26GHz on laptops.


On the other hand, the Core i5 will come in 2.40Ghz, 2.66GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.33GHz and 3.46Ghz. The i5-7xx will have 4 cores and 4 threads while the i5-6xx will only have 2 cores and 4 threads. All Core i5 CPUs have Turbo Boost and HT enabled.

The Core i7 will have the lowest clock-speed of 2.66GHz and highest of 3.2GHz. There will also be HT and Turbo Boost in these chips. PC Manufacturers also showed some of their new laptop models running the new processors. The ones present were Acer, Asus, Neo, MSI, Dell and Toshiba.

Intel also showcased their new built-in graphics chip which they named Graphics Media Accelerator HD (Intel GMA HD) which comes with the Core i3 and i5. There’s also this ULV (ultra-low voltage) Core i5-520UM that’s rated at 1.06GHz but over-clocks to 1.86GHz with turbo boost. That’s dual core with 4 threads so expect upcoming ultraportable, thin and light notebooks to sport this CPU soon.

Intel did not indicate the prices for each of the CPUs but refers us to partners (Villman, etc.) which will list them down before end of January. However, based on existing price range of current Core i5 and Core i7 processors in the market, I’d say these new CPUs will be priced between Php7,000 to Php12,000 (excluding the i7).

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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23 Responses

  1. Bogcess says:

    Wow! I’m pretty sure that’s damn fast! I’ll get and i7 this year!

  2. Jhay says:

    Will hold out until the 2nd quarter for prices to come down a little or at least stabilize. What’s really to look forward to are the new laptops that would sport this new chips.

  3. superdan says:

    sir yuga, would it be wise to wait for laptops sporting these bad boys? and how much would you think would those laptop cost?

  4. yuga says:

    @superdan – unless you’re into portable gaming although the i3 could be introduced as entry level laptops. The Core i7 laptops will be expensive. Saw the Lenovo Y550P back in December and it costs Php95k+ — http://bit.ly/6fErst

  5. Daemon says:

    YUGA which do you prefer i3 or still the QUAD

  6. daddy joey says:

    talking about speed! can’t wait for the notebooks powered with those processors.

  7. jerb says:

    Are these badboys more energy efficient than the quad ones? Electril bill conscious here.

  8. yuga says:

    @daemon – between the i3 and the core 2 quad, I’d go for the latter. However, the i5 is sweeter because of Turbo Boost.

    @jerb – not really

  9. Jes says:

    Yehey! Babagsak na sana presyo ng Q9xxx procies! I can’t wait to upgrade by E5200 :)

  10. Calvin says:

    abe the new core i7 still have turbo boost and hyper-threading. for mobile sya.

  11. melardenio says:

    Let’s see the performance on my servers this year…. I like the HT enabled and auto boost capability…

  12. Miguel says:

    There are energy savings because the quoted power ratings now include the integrated graphics.

  13. drew says:

    wow.. nkaka drooling naman to.. =P~

  14. Darius Vanguardia says:

    i think laptops with this core i technology will be expensive in these coming days.

  15. Core i5 32nm 4 cores 4 threads wl auto overclocking is the best bet for me. It will be even better if they include USB 3.0 (super speed USB)for upcoming laptops.

  16. Shannon says:

    lets hope that when they launched this i core laptops should be not that expensive it’s better to keep i3 and i5 core’s in a range price hehehe..

  17. Shiki says:

    Got I3 and ATI HD 4700 Card, and its better than core2duo with palit, with games ^_^

  18. Jes says:

    What Palit card did you owned? What’s your i3 mobo?

  19. chai says:

    laptop can more fast with this… espescially for gamers this is good news…

  20. ekozul says:

    i want to buy laptop with i7..

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