Intel’s Ivy Bridge – Weekend must-read articles #13
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This week’s suggested reading about Intel’s Ivy Bridge
These chips build on a lot of the advancements of last year’s new design, the second-generation Core (AKA “Sandy Bridge”) chips, but introduce some new capabilities and features that might make them worthy of your consideration whether you’re planning on a simple upgrade or are looking at an entirely new PC. Here’s our list of the ten essential pieces of information about Ivy Bridge, one of the releases that will have a major impact on the computers you buy and use throughout 2012 and beyond.
A summary in 10 points.
Intel unveils new Ivy Bridge Core processors :: InfoWorld
Intel will announce new Ivy Bridge chips for ultrabooks and mainstream laptops and desktops in the coming months, he said. The company has 570 PC designs — 270 desktop and all-in-one and 300 laptop designs — in addition to the 100 ultrabook designs for Ivy Bridge already in the works.
Thunderbolt is coming to PCs.
Ivy Bridge Benchmark Surprises :: PCMag
Now that Intel has officially unveiled its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, I wanted to see how well they would do while running complex spreadsheets. PCMag and others have benchmarks on things like games but I care more about productivity applications. The results were good, and in some cases, surprisingly strong; on some metrics, I saw faster performance on this quad-core chip than on the six-core Sandy Bridge-E chip Intel shipped just a few months ago.
In one word: impressive.
Since late last year Ivy Bridge seems to be the architecture everyone is waiting for. Although Intel is only anticipating a 10–15% processing performance bump when compared to Sandy Bridge, the big news comes in the form of improved graphics and efficiency, thanks to the move to a 22nm design process using new 3D transistor technology.
Charts and numbers galore.
Ivy Bridge is a “tick” in Intel’s tick-tock model, but the company is referring to its latest architecture as a “tick+.” The reason for the change is the disparity of improvement between Ivy Bridge’s CPU and GPU components. IVB’s CPU core is a die-shrunk Sandy Bridge (SNB) with a few ultra-low-level efficiency improvements. Performance improvements on the CPU side are in the 5-10% range. Unlike Westmere (Nehalem’s “tick”), which offered 50% more cores, Ivy Bridge keeps Sandy Bridge’s quad-core configuration.
If you have a Sandy Bridge system, no need to look at Ivy Bridge.
Intel’s Ivy Bridge: The Maximum PC Review :: MacimumPC
If you’re ready to write off Ivy Bridge as an incremental chip that you, the enthusiast, doesn’t give a damn about, you’re wrong. There’s a lot more to Ivy Bridge that makes it the default CPU for an enthusiast who doesn’t want to jump into the bigger, pricier LGA2011 socket. Don’t believe us? Read on to find out why you want this CPU instead of Sandy Bridge.
Ivy Bridge is a hell of a chip.
Intel’s just-unveiled Ivy Bridge processor family promises faster processing power and better graphics, thanks to a massively-enhanced integrated graphics system. The news has prompted some analysts to say that Ivy Bridge could mean doom for manufacturers of dedicated graphics cards, such as Nvidia and AMD, because Ivy Bridge is just that good.
Mobile is where it’s at.
Intel Ivy Bridge Architecture Breakdown :: ITProPortal
As might be expected of a tick development, Ivy Bridge’s improvements aren’t sufficient to make it a compelling upgrade option for those with an existing Sandy Bridge system. The real success of Ivy Bridge will be that Intel has now set itself up well for the future with a successful transition to 22nm and the much improved tri-gate transistors that process uses. Once mobile Ivy Bridge CPUs start making their way into laptops the benefits the update brings will become far more noticeable than on the desktop, where energy efficiency isn’t usually as much of a concern as outright performance.
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