Intel boosted the chipmaker’s Sandy Bridge CPU offering and slashed the cost of a number of already launched desktop and mobile processors.
In total the firm added 16 new processors, 11 desktop processors on the LGA 1155 socket and a further five mobile processors. The desktop processors range from an entry level Celeron G440 with a single 1.6GHz core up to quad-core i5-2320 clocked at 3GHz with 3.3GHz turbo mode.
The new mobile processors include four new high-end Core i7 processors including the range topping quad-core eight-threaded Core i7-2960XM CPU, clocked at between 2.7GHz and 3.7GHz with a volume price tag in excess of $1,000.
Most of the processors that saw price cuts are Intel Core i5 models but the cuts aren’t likely to set many hearts racing given they amount to between just 2 and 6 per cent.
The most significant processors among the launch are the low-end Celeron CPUs and the Pentium G630T, Pentium G630 and Pentium G860. Ranging from just $37 to $86 in volume, the launch is being viewed as a counter move to AMD’s Fusion range of APUs.