Most of us knew that a Core i5-2xxx processor was using 32nm manufacturing technology and the Sandy Bridge silicon, while the Core i5-3xxx models were designated to 22nm chips using the Ivy Bridge silicon.
Just like with the Core i7 and Core i5 switcheroo, Intel today is trying to make buyers mistake Sandy Bridge CPUs for Ivy Bridge processors, naming the former using the Core i5-3xxx pattern.
Back in the days of the LGA1366 socket, many were lead to believe that the Core i7
naming scheme was only reserved for top-performing CPUs, but then Intel started designating the high-end moniker on mid-end solutions that use LGA1156 socket and it all went downhill from there.
With today’s launch, Intel reportedly
swamps the market with 16 new models with strange model numbers.
Check out the table below for the complete details on the new additions, but keep in mind that all CPUs from the lowest Celeron to the Core i5-3240T are all based on 32nm Sandy Bridge.