New Intel CPU's without integrated graphics have been officially announced this week following speculation for the last month or so. Included in the release details are MSRPs for each CPU and the fact that they have disabled graphics, which holds few surprises.
The most significant of the CPU's is the Core i5-2550K: a quad-core, four thread, multiplier unlocked part similar to the i5-2500K. As reported it features a standard 3.4GHz frequency and 3.8GHz Turbo mode, one multiplier higher than the i5-2500K, and no integrated graphics. At $225, the MSRP for the 2550K is $9 more than the current i5-2500K; whist a good choice for those with P67 motherboards who don't intend to overclock, other platforms may find the 2500K more suitable as it's cheaper and includes integrated graphics.
The i5-2380P and i5-2450P will retail for $177 and $195 respectively. Both are quad-core, 4-thread parts with locked multipliers and 95W TDP; neither CPU has integrated graphics. Clocked at 3.1GHz and 3.2GHz respectively, with 3.4 and 3.5GHz Turbo Modes, the parts are only suitable for non-overclockers who have no need nor desire for integrated graphics options.
Additional mobile Celeron CPUs are also available, including the ULV dual-core 867 and single-core 797 sporting 1.3GHz and 1.4GHz respectively. The new range of CPUs is round out with the dual-core Celeron B815 and single-core B720 clocked at 1.6GHz and 1.7GHz and a higher TDP than the ULV variants.
It shouldn't be too long before CPUs are with retailers, and in the case of the Core i5-variants should be available in both Boxed and OEM versions. We're now awaiting news on whether, like the 2700K, the 2550K is a better 'clocking CPU than the 2500K. The broad binning used for these CPUs - a failed graphics core - makes this unlikely, but difficult to know for sure until end-users report back.
Sources: CPU-World, VR-Zone