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Intel Corp. has notified its partners about its decision to introduce of its next-generation code-named Ivy Bridge processors in the second quarter of 2012. Previously the company planned to release the Core i 3000-series central processing units (CPUs) for desktops in March - April timeframe, which left a possibility to unveil the chips in the first quarter.

The reasons why Intel decided to postpone the launch of the world's first desktop microprocessors made using 22nm transistors presumably to April from March are unclear. Perhaps, the company wants to ensure that there is no internal competition between existing Core i "Sandy Bridge" 2000 and future Core i "Ivy Bridge" 3000 chips. Maybe, the ramp up of brand new CPUs is taking longer than expected and Intel needs additional time to deliver enough products to the market.

Intel has also disclosed specifications of its next-gen Ivy Bridge chips for desktops to its partners. The initial family to be released in Q2 2012 will not include Core i3-3200-series chips and will consist of Core i7-3700 and Core i5-3500/3400 families. The inexpensive Core i3-3200 will be made available later in Q2 2011.

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 did not comment on the news-story because the plans are not made public.

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

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The Core i5 3550 looks to be the sweet spot for people that do casual work and game from time to time, which is prob what i'm going to target my next build around. This old Core 2 Duo E6850 has done me well over the years, but it's time for her to retire or a at least be with someone that can still get the same kind of use out of it as I did.
3 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 12/01/11 11:35:23 AM]
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+1. I'll probably move from my X3 440 to the i5-3550. I doubt the extra threads or cache of the i7 is going to make a significant different outside synthetic benchmarks.

A bit disappointing though that there's only 2 unlocked models. Seems like Intel is trying to discourage overclocking.

Kinda lol though that Intel considers the 3550 "mainstream" and the 3770 "performance" considering either one will probably give the "extreme" SB-E a run for its money.
1 0 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 12/01/11 10:14:14 PM]
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65W for a 3,1Ghz 4c/8t part is simply amazing. I wonder why they cap the "turbo" frequencies though, 4,5Ghz for a single thread shouldn't be too difficult as things stand.
1 0 [Posted by: npp  | Date: 12/01/11 12:47:19 PM]
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If I remember correctly, frequences beyond 3000 are redundant due to a bottleneck of some kind.

Well, I'm going for i7-3770K or i5-3570K. And I'm waiting until next summer to see what kind of motherboard to buy. Something faster than the just released Maximum 4? I'm waiting for the enthusiast class reviews. I can buy a new processor anytime later on. I'm upgrading from E6700

Comparing i7-3820 to them.
0 1 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 12/03/11 10:56:47 AM]
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Hang on, i-3770K only has a 1600 Mhz memory controller. Does that mean that it can't run DDR3 higher than that? I read elsewhere that Ivy Bridge is going to support 2600 Mhz DDR3.
0 0 [Posted by: TeemuMilto  | Date: 12/06/11 02:28:33 AM]
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ofc you read .... ddr3-2400 is highest possible officially to expect, but these modules would be pretty rare as ddr2-1066 in their prime.
0 1 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 12/07/11 11:07:13 PM]
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But does 1600 Mhz memory controller run 2400 Mhz memory at 2400 Mhz?
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