Preliminary benchmarks for Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge family of processors have been published online by technology website Anandtech and the least we can see is that it looks promising.
The full blown preview, which can be found here, has been done on a Sandy Bridge i5 2400 running at 3.1GHz, with four cores and 6MB L3 cache.
It differs from the final version by the presence of Hyper threading and the fact that it doesn't have a Turbo mode - the final version will clock up to 3.4GHz.
Although the processor is set to be the successor to the Core i5-650 processor, it ended up competing most of the time with the Core i7-880 instead, with 10 to 20 per cent performance improvements across the board.
Graphics performance as well was impressive, matching that of the entry level Radeon HD 5450 with the possibility of doubling that by increasing the GPU core to two.
Also noteworthy is the fact that the part tested was a mainstream one with SB processors with higher clocks speeds and more cores coming up later next year.
Sandy Bridge will debut in the first quarter of next year, possibly with a sneak preview of laptops and desktops based on it at the forthcoming CES 2011 in Las vegas.