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Performance of Intel Corp.’s latest Core i-series “Sandy Bridge” and improvements it brings over predecessors is rather impressive, which is why the company managed to sell over eight million of appropriate microprocessors in just several months of revenue shipments. The next-generation central processing units (CPUs) will bring further 20% - 30% of speed boost, according to a media report.

In general-purpose applications Ivy Bridge micro-architecture-based chips will boost performance by around 20% compared to Core i-series “Sandy Bridge” products; performance of integrated graphics core of Ivy Bridge will get 30% higher compared to the graphics engine of the latest microprocessors by Intel, according to VR-Zone web-site, which claims that it had seen documents with Intel’s internal performance estimates. 

The Intel HD Graphics core of Ivy Bridge will not only feature higher performance (according to some sources, it will have 16 stream processing elements (up from 12 of SNB), some claim that it will have 24 stream processors), but will also support DirectX 11, HDMI 1.4 output and probably some other improvements.

It is expected that Ivy Bridge CPUs, which will be made using 22nm process technology, will have certain micro-architecture level enhancements along with clock-speed and some other methods to boost performance.

The first Ivy Bridge family chips are projected to use LGA1155 form-factor. Nonetheless, Intel is preparing code-named Panther Point chipset for the new microprocessors. It is unclear whether Ivy Bridge CPUs will be able to work on current mainboards for latest-generation chips.

For Intel, Ivy Bridge is not just a new microprocessor, but is the first step to the completely new approach to manufacturing. The company intends to upgrade four of its fabs to its leading-edge 22nm process technology, which will require additional investments along with improved demand towards high-performance central processing units.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Ivy Bridge, 22nm

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And what will be the price boost? Because somebody will have to pay for all those P67 motherboards that need to be replaced, and it's gonna be us, when the next generation comes.
0 0 [Posted by: Harry Lloyd  | Date: 02/04/11 03:38:31 AM]
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Well, somehow its logical for AMD and its minions that Intel charges to much for their CPUs while at the same time undercutting AMDs prices to create a monopoly... Well, which is it then??
0 0 [Posted by: Tomas  | Date: 02/04/11 12:54:04 PM]
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Replacing motherboards is a rare phenomenon. It happens when the motherboards go wrong and computers get sent back to oems. A new generation doesn't cause existing motherboards to be replaced, except by a few users, I am sure <0.5%, who change the motherboard themselves while keeping other components the same.
0 1 [Posted by: CSMR  | Date: 02/05/11 08:29:47 AM]
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Have you heard about the SATA bug in P67? That's what I was referring to.

Intel might lose even a billion dollars, because all current motherboards have to be replaced.

You don't think we'll pay for that when the next generation comes? Of course we will, CPUs and chipsets will be more expensive.
0 0 [Posted by: Harry Lloyd  | Date: 02/08/11 03:22:35 AM]
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Not exactly. INTEL is free to charge any prices it desires. If they offer the best price/performance ratio, great!

If not, I pity the idiots buying their stuff.
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 02/05/11 01:44:37 AM]
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I am going to buy the successor to i7-980. I have only the Asus 1215N ION2 at the moment. My last desktop PC was AMD K7 Barton 3000 Mhz with 2 Gb 333 Mhz RAM with leds that costed 350 € in 2006 and NVidia GForce MX440. In 2009 I thought about AMD AM3 processor, but then read XBitLabs that said Intel has faster processors, and quit AMD.
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 02/05/11 07:20:11 AM]
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Intel should be able to get at least a 50% boost just going from 32nm to 22nm.
0 0 [Posted by: bbo320  | Date: 02/05/11 05:08:20 PM]
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Why would there be a price increase? There hasn't been one on a Tock with Sandy Bridge. Unless you want the 6 or 8 core variants.

And no, there's only 20-30% clock boost for new process generation.
0 0 [Posted by: DavidC1  | Date: 02/07/11 03:31:33 AM]
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