Intel releases a Pentium 350 processor based on Sandy Bridge with a very low TDP

/ 5 years ago

After releasing their latest product targeting the enthusiasts not so long ago, Intel has recently released another processor with something different in mind.

The Pentium 350 is a dual-core 32nm processor based on the Sandy bridge architecture and clocked at 1.2GHz. The most particular feature about this processor is its TDP, as the Pentium 350 has the lowest TDP of any non-Atom desktop processor to date with only 15W.

Obviously, it does come at a cost both price-wise and feature-wise. As a matter of fact, the Pentium 350 lacks the onboard graphics, but it still comes with hyper threading and 3MB of L3 cache, so all in all, not so bad for such a TDP.

While the most power efficient Sandy Bridge parts in desktops have a 35W TDP, even by mobile standards it is an impressive feat, for example, the 1.2GHz Pentium U5400 has an 18W TDP.

This could be the result of a derivative of low-voltage Xeon chips due to the support for ECC memory and the lack of integrated graphics.

This chip could prove itself extremely useful for any use ranging from small home servers to HTPCs including a large category of small systems in-between.

Although, as previously mentioned, Intel’s chips featuring a low TDP usually come with a rather high price tag, so don’t except any treats.

For more information, please refer to Intel’s official product page.