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Sep 25, 2013

Intel Gladden CPU Released

Clearly, Intel is not sitting idle. Even though it doesn't seem to have prepared much in the way of a counter to AMD's impending Hawaii announcement, it is definitely keeping up the stream of new CPU releases, having launched the Gladden line.

Intel actually seems to bring a new CPU or two – or three or a dozen – every other week. The ones consumers get their hands on don't appear so frequently (Intel always makes a fuss about them when they do), but that doesn't make the other any less relevant. For that matter, the previous generation of CPUs hasn't lost relevance yet either. Sure, Haswell is all everyone thinks about these days when saying Intel, but Ivy Bridge still has a role to play. Case in point, the corporation has unleashed a Pentium CPU, a Core i3 unit and two Xeon E3 v2 processors. Together, they compose the Crystal Forest Gladden Platform. Gladden, in a nutshell, is the mobile Ivy Bridge core without the integrated graphics processor (iGP), but retaining Hyper-Threading, Virtualization, SSE4 and AES instructions, DMI 2.0 (to interface with Cave Creek / 89xx series chipset) and PCI Express 3.0 support.

The weakest chip in the lot is, unsurprisingly, the Pentium B925C, with 2 cores, 4 threads, 2GHz frequency, 4 MB L3 cache memory, 15W TDP, and DDR3-1333 MHz memory controller. Its price is unknown. Next comes the Core i3-3115C, also a dual-core with 4 threads, 4 MB cache and DDR3-1333 memory, but 2.5 GHz clock and 25W TDP. Its price is $241 / €179. The Xeon E3-1105C v2 is the third, a quad-core with 8 threads, 1.8 GHz clock, 8 MB cache and DDR3-1600 MHz. It manages to survive on just 25W as well, and has a price of $320 / €237. Lastly, the Xeon E3-1125C v2 is almost identical to the E3-1105C v2, but has 2.5 GHz clock and a TDP of 40W. Its price is $448 / €331.

Intel Ivy Bridge Gladden CPUs released
Image credits to Intel


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