Intel today broke its silence on the next-generation of entry level Braswell 14nm SOCs. Combining a low TDP, reasonable clock speeds and a choice of dual or quad cores in the same price bracket, they should be an attractive choice for many a low-level system builder.
Said to offer a combination of more performance than the new Atom ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, but a lower price tag than the Core M Broadwell CPUs found in beefier laptops, the new Braswell hardware should complement already existing chips and provide greater selection to manufacturers building inexpensive hardware.
Although we’ll need to wait until early benchmarks are released to have our first impressions of how the new chips perform, thanks to CPU World we do have a pretty good idea of their specifications.
- Celeron N3000: Dual core, 1.04Ghz (2.08Ghz Turbo), 1MB L2 cache, 4W TDP and a price tag $107.
- Celeron N3050: Dual core, 1.6Ghz (2.16Ghz Turbo) 1MB L2 cache, 6W TDP and a price tag of $107.
- Celeron N3150: Quad core, 1.6Ghz (2.08Ghz Turbo) 2MB L2 cache, 6W TDP and a price tag of $107.
- Pentium N3700: Quad core, 1.6Ghz (2.4Ghz Turbo) 2MB L2 cache, 6W TDP and a price tag of $161.
Each of them supports DDR3 memory up to 1600Mhz and they all come with integrated graphics chips onboard as well – some more powerful than others. Of course, low-power processors like these are rarely any good for gaming.
While none of them are likely to be performance power houses compared to their higher-level and desktop counterparts, it’s worth noting how minuscule their power draw is. That will not only help maintain battery life, but reduce the need for advanced – and bulky – cooling solutions. An increasing number of system are packing passive cooling systems, and chips like this will only increase the selection of silent PCs.
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