Intel launched its third generation Core i7 and Core i5 processors back in April however the Entry level Core i3 were pushed back to Q3 2012. Today, Chinese retail outlets have listed various Core i3 processors which include the following:
- Core i3-3240
- Core i3-3225
- Core i3-3220
- Core i3-3220T
The new Core i3 processors are built on the Ivy Bridge 22nm architecture using the latest Tri-gate technology for better power efficiency and improved performance. All of these models are dual core variants with frequencies ranging from 2.8GHz to 3.4GHz on the faster i3-3240. TDP of each i3 CPU is rated at 55W except the i3-3220T which has a TDP of 35W.
IGP consists of HD2500 on the i3-3240, i3-3225, i3-3220T and HD4000 on i3-3225. Prices range from $125 for i3-3220, $135 for i3-3220T, $145 for i3-3225 and $155 for i3-3240. Although these aren’t official but prices would be near to these values. Launch is expected in September.
Intel also has planned two more Core i5 variants which include the i5-3550P and i5-3330 along with a Pentium G2120 Dual core CPU for LGA1155 systems.