While we have been waiting patiently for a hands-on look at the next gen processors from Intel in Vegas this January at CES, news of three Sandy Bridge CPUs going on sale in Malaysia comes as something of a surprise.
But, despite our disbelief, we see a picture of the Core i5-2300, the i5-2400, and the Core i7-2600 on the shop floor in a Compuzone store in Malaysia in the picture below. Not only do we see the items in their boxes but we get prices and speeds for each of them. The high end Core i7 clocks in at 3.4GHz and will set you back 939 Malaysian ringgits (RM) or about £190. This is followed by 609RM (£125) for the 3.1GHz 2400, and 585RM (£120) for the 2.8GHz 2300.
Sandy Bridge is the company's first architecture to incorporate a CPU and GPU on the same silicon and last September we saw some demos at the Intel Developer Forum, which suggested these products will be quite powerful indeed. We hope that the items going on sale in Malaysia this early is a good sign that Intel is on target to bring everything they promised to CES in January and we will bring you first hand information from Vegas as soon as we get it.
In related news it has been reported that Intel will be introducing upgraded anti-theft technology in the vPro-equipped Sandy Bridge chips. Intel's David Allen confirmed Intel is set to include the ability to remotely disable Sandy Bridge-based systems from a remote administration console. In other words, a type of "kill-switch" will be included which will allow lost or stolen laptops to be remotely disabled. Something Government departments will be very interested in, no doubt.