crookedvulture writes: Intel has officially taken the wraps off its next-gen Sandy Bridge processors. It looks like they were worth the wait. Performance is way up versus the competition from AMD, and power consumption is down, resulting in substantially less energy usage overall. The new integrated graphics processor is a big improvement over past iterations, and it offers a nice boost to video encoding performance. You don't have to spend that much to get in on the action, either. Dual-core models start at only $117 and you can get a quad for less than $200.