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Intel Corp. has revealed official performance advantage expectations for its next-generation microprocessors code-named Ivy Bridge. Thanks to new micro-architectural improvements, the world's largest chipmaker expects Core i 3000-series processors to deliver up to 25% better performance than existing Core i 2000-series "Sandy Bridge" chips in office applications and up to 199% improvements in graphics intensive apps.

Intel recently started to spread its official Ivy Bridge performance expectations among its partners, manufacturers of personal computers and resellers. The documents by Intel, which have leaked to the Internet, demonstrate that Intel rather high expectations for its next-generation Core i 3000-series microprocessors when it comes to general purpose performance and especially graphics performance. According to the documents, Intel Core i7-3770 (4 cores with HyperThreading, 3.40GHz, 8MB cache) will deliver the following advantages compared its predecessor Core i7-2600 (4 cores with HyperThreading, 3.40GHz, 8MB cache):

  • +7% higher overall SYSmark 2012 score;
  • +14% higher overall HDXPRT 2011 score;
  • +15% higher Cinebench 11.5 score;
  • +13% better ProShow Gold 4.5 result;
  • +25% faster performance in Excel 2010;
  • +56% faster performance in ArcSoft Media Expresso;
  • +192% higher overall 3DMark Vantage score;
  • +17% faster performance in 3DMark Vantage CPU benchmark;
  • +199% faster performance in 3DMark Vantage GPU benchmark;

Thanks to improved performance of Ivy Bridge, Intel will not only be able to improve competitive positions of its chips compared to microprocessors by Advanced Micro Devices, but will likely manage to increase its share on the graphics adapter market thanks to more competitive performance of built-in Intel HD graphics engine versus entry-level discrete graphics processors.

Ivy Bridge will generally inherit Sandy Bridge micro-architecture and will sport a rather significant number of improvements. Firstly, it will have certain improvements that will boost its performance in general applications by around 20% compared to Core i "Sandy Bridge" chips (e.g., enhanced AVX acceleration). Secondly, the forthcoming chip will have a new graphics core with DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1 support, 30% higher performance compared to the predecessor as well as new video processor and display controllers. Thirdly, Ivy Bridge will feature PCI Express 3.0 x16 interconnection as well as PCIe 2.0 x4 controller. In fourth, the processor will support a number of power management innovations. The CPU is made using 22nm process technology.

Intel will release its code-named Ivy Bridge central processing units for desktops in March or April, 2012.

Intel did not comment on the news-story since the documents describing Ivy Bridge performance are not made available for general public.

Tags: Intel, 22nm, Ivy Bridge, Core, Sandy Bridge

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IB is 200% faster than HD 2000, that makes it still 20-43% slower than Llano. Trinity is ~ 30 % faster than Llano in gfx, it is still in some cases twice as fast as HD 4000.
6 5 [Posted by: mraei  | Date: 11/29/11 09:37:39 PM]
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Its much like Same Story if you compare that to AMD and Intel CPU only.

AMD only part that excel over Intel is its Graphics Processor. but CPU is very behind.
3 1 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 11/30/11 07:02:39 AM]
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yes, as is the intel IGP very behind. so it evens off.
1 1 [Posted by: parkerm35  | Date: 12/04/11 11:36:14 AM]
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Intel, just enable AES-NI on the cheaper CPUs. I want to replace my server with a new CPU, but the current low-price CPUs do not bring much performance over my E5300. And I'm using encryption on 2 network-shared partitions.
4 1 [Posted by: mathew7  | Date: 11/30/11 12:10:33 AM]
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You thought about using an e3 server chip? Fairly cheap, has AES-NI, an e3 1220 has an recommended retail price of $190 to $230. Of course that doesn't include buying a new motherboard.
2 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 11/30/11 03:57:50 AM]
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The IGP benches are completely fishy, as the i7-2600K is shipped with the faster HD 3000 IGP, not the HD 2000 it's apparently been tested with here.
2 2 [Posted by: Proesterchen  | Date: 11/30/11 01:52:26 AM]
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There is huge increase in GPU performance because they are comparing HD4000 to HD2000

If they compare it to HD3000 you would probably see only 1.5x increase (which is still impressive)

The CPU improvement is impressive. 15% faster in cinebench !!. This really proves that ivy bridge is more than just die shrink with lower TDP
5 1 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 11/30/11 03:38:47 AM]
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So.... Let's discuss the CPU inprovements. They may have uplifted the core but i bet IB turbos at least 200 MHZ more than SB. So a good part of that increased CPU performance may be coming from increased turbo vs SB.
2 1 [Posted by: CarlosTex  | Date: 11/30/11 05:35:43 AM]
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0 3 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 11/30/11 10:33:23 PM]
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0 3 [Posted by: buggy4001  | Date: 12/01/11 02:46:52 AM]
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I just wish Intel would come out with a cpu Core i7 or i5 series with no gpu and give people the option of wanting a gpu on thier cpu's and save them money, because if you are a gamer or are into anything that requires a lot of graphics you're not going to use the onchip gpu, so it becomes a waste.
1 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 12/01/11 06:21:16 AM]
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I agree. I use discrete GPU cards and don't need the iGPU. I wonder why Intel didn't choose to release iGPU CPU's? I was considering buying an e3 chip which come with or without the integrated GPU.
0 0 [Posted by: GavinT  | Date: 12/02/11 05:54:32 AM]
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Those figures, kindly provided by Intel,are a crock of excrement

As if they wouldn't try to show any improvements in the best possible light and the idiot intel fanboys just lap it up, its just so funny yet sad
1 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 12/01/11 09:36:39 PM]
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Seriously guys, for the ones that think the IGP will be any sort of a match for the Southern Islands GPU then you live on cloud 9. It will be at least 40% slower for Gaming, mark my words.
0 2 [Posted by: parkerm35  | Date: 12/04/11 11:49:18 AM]
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Question: What does 199 % improment in graphical applications mean in the context of separate GPU cards?
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 12/11/11 05:48:53 AM]
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ALSO LOWER CPU'S CORE I5 AND I3(NOW HD2000) COME WITH HD2500, ABOUT 75% PERFOMANCE OF EXISTING HD3000. ONLY EXISTING HD3000 CPU'S ARE RAISED TO HD4000.
0 1 [Posted by: SHINEPR  | Date: 12/19/11 06:31:08 AM]
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ALSO LOWER CPU'S CORE I5 AND I3(NOW HD2000) COME WITH HD2500, ABOUT 75% PERFOMANCE OF EXISTING HD3000. ONLY EXISTING HD3000 CPU'S ARE RAISED TO HD4000.
0 1 [Posted by: SHINEPR  | Date: 12/19/11 06:35:18 AM]
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Does this mean a complete new socket/new MB to run an Ivy Bridge CPU?
0 0 [Posted by: USAFANG67  | Date: 12/29/11 12:15:47 AM]
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It is called LGA 2011.
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 01/13/12 08:56:11 AM]
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lol, this is Intel we are talking about here, it will probably be a new socket for each model.
0 0 [Posted by: parkerm35  | Date: 02/16/12 03:50:45 PM]
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