Intel is introducing the 2nd generation Intel Core processor family with 14 new desktop processors across 5 new Chipset offerings. There two dual-core i3 processors, 4 quad-core i5 processors, and two core i7 processors. An “unlocked” version is also available for the i5-2500 and i7-2600 processors designated as “K” processors. Six low-power desktop processors are also available designated as “T” and “S” processors.
Core i3 processors have a 3MB cache while the core i5 and core i7 Sandy Bridge processors will have up to 8MB cache. Since the graphics are now included on-die, every processor in the lineup is capable of integrated graphics depending on the 6-series chipset used on the motherboard. The Q67 and Q65 chipsets are designed for the corporate segment while the B65 chipset is designed for small-business. Consumers have an option between the H67 or the P67 chipset motherboards. The “P” in P67 designates it as the “performance” chipset being the only chipset in the 6-series family without the capability to use the on-die graphics of the Sandy Bridge processors but gains the Intel Performance Tuning feature.
Launched in May 2011, the Z68 chipset joins the 6-series lineup and offers the best of both P67 and H67 features. The Z68 chipset can overclock the processor, memory and the processor graphics, making it the ultimate enthusiast chipset for the mainstream Intel Sandy Bridge platform. The Z68 chipset also introduces Intel Rapid Storage Technology SSD Caching and 2.2TB HDD RAID Configuration support for fast storage performance. The Z68 chipset also gains the Intel Quick Sync Video feature for efficient video transcoding.
Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Intel Turbo Boost Technology maximizes performance within defined thermal envelope with support for Dynamic Range Frequency limits. Sandy Bridge Graphics with Dynamic Frequency delivers graphics performance boost to graphics intensive applications.
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Multi-tasking – More paths for data to flow through each core. The more threads you have, the more tasks you can execute at the same time. Do more with less wait time.
Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.5 and SATA 6 Gb/s Support
High-Speed storage interface supports faster transfer rate for improved data access with up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s ports. SATA 6/Gb/s doubles the transfer speed form SATA II to provide up to 600MB/s data speed to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.
With Additional hard drives added, Rapid Storage technology provides quicker access to digital photo, video and data files with RAID 0, 5, and 10, and greater data protection against a HDD failure with RAID 1, 5, and 10.
Intel Rapid Storage Technology 10.5 adds the Zero-power ODD, an extended battery life capability. Zero Power ODD provides the ability to completely shut down power to an ODD when it is not in use. Without this capability, ODDs continue to draw approximately 100-160mW of power even when not in use.
Intel Anti-Theft Technlogy 3.0
Anti-Theft Technlogy 3.0 is a hardware-based security building blocks to protect your PC when it is lost or stolen. When a loss is reported, your theft management service provider can remotely lock the PC via a “poison pill” over the internet. PCs can be locked even if the OS is reinstalled or PC is disconnected from the network. Once recovered, the PC can be easily unlocked via a local password or a server-generated code.
Up to 8Mb Shared Intel Smart Cache
Last Level Cache (LLC) Shared between CPU and Graphics for better performance. Faster access to your data by enabling dynamic and efficient allocation of cache
Integrated memory controller (IMC) –Dual Channel DDR3 up to 1600
Improves performance with lower latency & higher memory bandwidth for data intensive applications.
Intel My Wifi Technology
Connect your WiFi enabled devices anywhere anytime. Wirelessly sync your content through enabled applications like Syncables, Support for new Wi-Fi Direct Standard for easy WiFi PAN connectivity for new devices. WiFi devices can include: headphones, speakers, security cameras, digital still cameras, video cameras, handsets, WiFi VoIP phones, WiFi toys, printers, etc.
Overclocking with Sandy Bridge
Similar to i5-665K and i7-875K unlocked processors released to fit the existing Lynnfield lineup, Sandy Bridge unlocked “K” processors will have a fully unlocked core and present flexible overclocking options compared to the regular non-unlocked Sandy Bridge processors. All processors however will have unlocked power, memory and processor graphics (if on the H67 chipset) for overclocking.
Intel Extreme Tuning Utility
To help with overclocking, Intel is releasing the latest Intel Extreme Tuning Utility—a simple-to-use tool for both novice and experienced enthusiasts. This utility was made to work inside the Windows operating system, granting the user access to performance tuning, stress testing and system monitoring options. This utility only supports Intel Extreme edition and unlocked “K”-SKU processors.