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Intel Corp.'s next-generation microprocessors will not only become available later than expected, but will ramp up relatively slowly, according to sources with knowledge of Intel's plans. Apparently, the first Ivy Bridge chips will only emerge in late April, 2012, whereas the roll-out will be completed, e.g., Ivy Bridge will be available for all market segments, late in 2012.

The world's largest maker of chips will roll out the first quad-core Core i7-3000 "Ivy Bridge" microprocessors for desktops and laptops on April 29, 2012, according to sources with knowledge of Intel's plans. The company will expand its family of 22nm microprocessors on the third of June with mobile dual-core Core i5/i7c as well as desktop quad-core Core i5 central processing units. The remaining chips, such as mobile dual-core as well as desktop Core i3, will be launched in summer and fall, respectively.

Previously, Intel planned to start selling its Ivy Bridge CPUs on April 8, 2012, but then decided to delay sales by several weeks. Interestingly, but the company still intends to initiate sales of its next-gen 7-series chipsets in early April in a bid to get ready for new processors.

Intel did not comment on the news-story and the reasons behind Ivy Bridge delay are not completely clear. Since the chip is made using brand-new 22nm process technology, it is possible that Intel ran into yield issues or the ramp of new production technology takes longer than expected for reasons that are not fully controlled by the chip giant.

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.

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

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wasn't it going to support 2133 mhz memory

I guess we can't rely on unreliable sources
2 3 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 02/28/12 12:11:57 AM]
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It will probably have unofficial support of DDR3 up to 2133 MHz and official support of frequencies up to 1600 MHz.
2 2 [Posted by: lol123  | Date: 02/28/12 05:55:06 AM]
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it was said to be native

SB-E supports 2133 MHz Memory unofficially
0 1 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 02/29/12 02:11:47 AM]
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It's not unofficially ... its supported thru OverClocking only, and that was in the vogue for Intel since end of 2006 and first core2duo CPUs.
1 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 02/29/12 05:10:48 AM]
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No one but overclockers who are going for world records cars about DDR3 speeds above 1600 on Intel's consumer LGA1155 socket. If you need huge memory bandwidth, you are buying LGA2011 in the first place. Ivy Bridge is on LGA1155, a consumer socket! Why do you keep talking about irrelevant matters as if they are a disadvantage for a consumer platform? If you want to discuss some legitimate reasons for high memory bandwidth or lack of DDR3-2800 support, discuss it when IVB-E launches on LGA2011.

In the consumer space, people spend $ on things that matter the most:
- PSU - for reliability
- CPU - for speed
- GPU - for graphics
- SSD - for snappiness/transfer rates, etc.
- Memory - size > speed.

DDR3-2400 adds 2-3% over DDR3-1600 and less in games. Not to mention a lot of DDR3-2133 kits or above need 1.6 or 1.65V, out of spec for SB and IVB. That's why no one cares. Most people right now would rather get a 1.25V DDR3L DDR3-1600 kit than a 1.6V DDR3-2133 kit on the Intel rig.

If you get 16GB of DDR3L today, you'll be able to reuse it 100% in 2013/2014 with Haswell and Broadwell. your DDR3-2133-2800 RAM will need to be undervolted to work with those processors. So why spend more $ on DDR3 today that adds almost nothing to performance and runs at higher voltages?
0 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/29/12 07:45:52 AM]
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Based the benchmarks of SB vs. SB-E, the quad-channel memory bandwidth advantage of the LGA2011 platform does not show any significant benefits in everyday workloads (i.e., non-server workloads). Therefore, native support of DDR3-2133 is completely unnecessary for a consumer platform on the current architecture. At present, it's better to invest $ into a faster CPU, GPU or SSD than to spend it on memory speeds above DDR3-1600 on the Intel platform.

Unofficially IVB will support up to DDR3-2800.
http://www.anandtech.com/...-more-ratios-and-ddr32800
2 3 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/28/12 05:58:47 AM]
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which article is telling porkies? This one or the one titled "Enthusiasts overclock next gen. "Ivy-Bridge"?
0 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 02/28/12 03:02:21 PM]
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I never understood Intel's policy to produce SKUs w/ low-grade graphics. I always expected that K models should be w/o integrated graphics for those who don't need i.GPU.
0 0 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 02/28/12 10:20:59 PM]
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Why? This way they could market them at higher prices. After all these K's are flawless dies. And would you fuse die functionality and sold them at lower prices just that to make some OCsquad dudes happy? It is a good product and they sell am a such at higher price.

It's not like you'll notice these 15-20W more power consumption in some moderate 400W rig. ntm some rig with SLI setup where 800W is normal consumption.
1 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 02/29/12 05:13:33 AM]
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