At the end of this week, Intel could expand its mobile Sandy Bridge processor range with two new CPUs from the Core i3 and Core i5 product families that will slightly improve upon the specs of the chips these are meant to replace.Both of these upcoming processors were spotted by CPU-World inside an HP document which covered the configuration options available for its Pavilion dv6 notebooks.
In addition to confirming the specs of the two processors, the HP doc also mentioned that the CPUs will be available in the dv6 starting with December 11, which suggests this is the date when Intel plans to make the Core i3-2370M and i5-2450M official.
The first one of these processors, the i3-2370M, was designed to come as a replacement for the Core i3-2350M CPU launched at the start of September and slightly improves the specs of its predecessor.
What this means is that we will get a 100MHz bump in the base frequency of the chip enabling it to come clocked at 2.5GHz compared to the 2.4GHz of the 2350M it's meant to replace.
The rest of the specs were left untouched so the Core i3-2370M includes two computing cores with Hyper-Threading support, 3 MB of last level cache, support for the AVX instruction set and an on-board HD 3000 GPU.
Intel’s second chip to arrive on December 11, the i5-2450M, is also meant to replace a current part in the company’s lineup, namely the Core i 5-2430M.
This time too, Intel limited the changes to the core frequencies of the processor, which now comes with a base clock of 2.5GHz and a maximum Turbo Boost speed of 3.1GHz, compared to the 2.4GHz and 3GHz frequencies of the CPU is meant to replace.
In addition the processor clocks, Intel has also increased the maximum clock speed of the integrated graphics core that now works at 1.3GHz.
No details regarding pricing are available, but Intel usually sells these for the same price as the chips they are meant to replace.