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Intel is definitely releasing new platforms into the market at a very high pace these days. After getting one new platform each year, we have finally got to the point when there are four current platforms coexisting successfully at the same time: LGA775, LGA1155, LGA1156 and LGA1366, and the fifth one – LGA2011 – is just around the corner. No one is happy about this situation. The users complain that they are constantly forced to upgrade their mainboards and cooling systems, and the manufacturers suffer trying to ensure adequate support to all this diversity.

Of course, in the light of this situation Intel decided to slightly slow down and minimize the number of current platforms to something more reasonable leaving only two platforms in the spotlight: a high-performance one and a universal one. In the new world the enthusiasts will get the upcoming LGA2011 systems, while the existing LGA1155 will become a mainstream platform. Its versatility will be not only the result of a “political” move, but it merely follows from the features of the Sandy Bridge processors in general. Second generation Core processors in LGA1155 form-factor can be easily differentiated according to their features, performance and heat dissipation and therefore distributed over different market segments. Besides, the production cost of 32 nm Sandy Bridge processors allows lowering the retail prices of solutions based on this microarchitecture to very democratic levels.

In other words, it is the LGA1155 platform that has every chance to become a fully-fledged successor to LGA775 from 2007-2008 and to get an entire army of processors starting with pretty expensive Core i7 models and finishing with the cheapest Pentium and budget Celeron CPUs. Now there is only one little thing left: Intel has to expand the LGA1155 processors lineup and add less expensive solutions to the already existing Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs. They have already made the first step in this direction: Pentium CPUs on Sandy Bridge microarchitecture have already hit the market. The second step would be the launch of low-cost LGA1155 Celeron processors, which is scheduled to happen this coming September. In other words, LGA1155 platform will become truly versatile this fall already, thus writing off all LGA775 and LGA1156 products, which so far remain pretty popular due to their relatively affordable prices.

This is what the LGA1155 processor lineup will look like in the nearest future (energy-efficient S- and T- series processors are not taken into account in this table):

*Celeron processors for LGA1155 haven't been announced yet

Today we are going to talk about new Pentium processors that look like quite normal dual-core CPUs and seem to be a pretty appealing option for inexpensive mainstream systems. Although they do not support Hyper-Threading like Core i3 and have a simpler graphics core modification inside, their rather high clock frequencies should let them hold their head up high.

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