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Sandy Bridge Processors Go On Sale

David Gilbert


Sandy Bridge Processors Go On Sale

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.

Via Engadget and bit-tech

Hamish Campbell

December 20, 2010, 7:31 pm

Riiight, a remote way to brick my electronic devices sounds like a perfectly safe idea...

New conspiracy theory:

1. AMD release similar technology shortly for their chips.

2. ARM is bought by US concerns and introduces the same.

3. CPU's around the world continue to be replaced by newer devices, Intel, AMD and ARM designs dominate the market.

4. US government secretly holds 'back door' to remote disablement.

And now the US government can disable the worlds CPU's for anything which is internet enabled (i.e. nearly everything)

Courtesy of paranoid Haim

'Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they aren't watching you'


December 21, 2010, 12:29 am

Remote disable? Bad bad bad idea. Apparently, the "Trusted Computing" crap didn't go far enough.


December 21, 2010, 2:52 pm

@ haim, my worry is that this sort of thing will inevitably be hacked and used as another tool by those unscrupulous members of society; OR Skynet gains sentience and shuts down government/ military computer's through this method.


December 21, 2010, 3:56 pm

I'm looking forward to the rollout of the new CPU's. My main desktop died last month and I've been holding off speccing up a new PC.

The new MB's look good:


Yes please!

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