Intel puts Ivy Bridge on the map: first 22nm product, decent official benchmarks, desktop quad-cores from $174

| April 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

We be told that pilgrims have already started flocking to the township of Ivybridge (population 12,056) in the forested depths of southwest England. Very betimes though, you’ll be able to pay honor to Moore’s law without wandering further than your favorite online retailer, for the third generation of Intel Core processors has precisely launched and should be available to pervert with money before the end of this month. These take in eight different variants of Core i7 as antidote to desktops and notebooks (including Ultrabooks of turn), plus five types of Core i5 destined because desktops only. Those watching out with a view to cheaper dual-core i5, i3 and Pentium-branded options direct have to wait a little longer, because today’s launch is all hind part before the high-end. And just to what extent high is ‘high’? Judging from the chat we’ve heard, and from benchmarks of leaked desktop and notebook chips, we’re looking a indicative improvement over Sandy Bridge. But if you want the first official boasts, sooner or later read on.

Intel Ivy Bridge authoritative slides and benchmarks

Ivy Bridge is a loud ‘tick’ in Intel’s product cycle, with a much smaller 22nm invention process instead of the 32nm silicon erect in Sandy Bridge (a tock) and Westmere (the anterior tick, back in 2010). Stare at your fingernail as being 22 seconds and you’ll see it grow by the size of united transistor — a world first for a mass-produced small piece, according to Intel. To pack besides into the same space, the transistors profit from a 3D or tri-gate design, what one. means they’re arranged over fins that project from the surface of the silicon base the sooner than just lying flat.

Having smaller, lumpier transistors doesn’t unavoidably translate into radically different performance, and indeed Intel is construction quite modest claims in that province: e.g., up to eight percent ameliorating in the Core i7-3820QM compared to the i7-2860QM running the SYSmark benchmark, or up to 22 percent betterment when running a multi-threaded putting into practice like Cinebench. On the other side , shrinking the silicon does make it besides energy efficient, which bodes well according to the battery life of Ultrabooks and Macbooks all the world over, and it also frees up room for Intel to pack more technology steady each chip.

The main beneficiary of that extra room is the integrated graphics. In those chips that have superior HD 4000 hardware, the GPU constituting will now occupy around a third part of the chip’s 160mm2 die sizing. Sandy Bridge’s HD 3000 graphics were in some degree good for many tasks, and could willingly handle a bit of Medieval 2, mete they weren’t up to present 3D gaming and they were outclassed through . the Radeon HD visuals on AMD’s Fusion chips. Intel claims the fattened-up HD 4000 determination deliver a minimum 50 percent melioration in 3D performance and will do 100 percent of recent games out of the box — granting it didn’t specify frame rates or graphical settings, such we’re not exactly sure by what means to interpret that. Chips with HD 2500 graphics should be 10 to 20 percent superior to HD 2000, and everything the new chips will support DX11, OpenCL v1.1 (which allows use of the GPU and the CPU during compute tasks) and OpenGL 3.1. That said, Intel was keen not to overplay gaming prowess in our briefing, acknowledging that “the majorship of high-end gamers will lull use discrete graphics.”

If you’re in greater numbers into multimedia than gaming as so, then there are couple of nuggets in the present state for you too: Quick Sync accelerated video encoding direct get a 50 to 80 percent knock, while support has also been added with regard to Handbrake, the open source video transcoder.

Once you induce past the main CPU and GPU improvements, you’re in a descending course to a long shopping list of plenteous smaller upgrades such as onboard USB 3.0 living, PCIe 3.0, triple display patronize and improved overclocking, the usefulness of which will depend on your habits. Check out the Intel slip below for more detail.

That’s it! And the most expedient. see the various meanings of good thing is that Intel is giving you completely of this stuff while asking trifle in return, except at least $174 on account of a Core i5 desktop chip and at least $278 for a desktop i7. We’re wanting complete pricing for the mobile chips, moreover the top-end notebook i7 processors command start at $378 (for the i7-3720QM) and rise to $1096 for the maximum spec i7-3920XM. If you’re acquisition a desktop chip for your have build, you’ll probably want to lot for a new Series 7 motherboard to doings with it, although very recent Series 6 the stage should also be able to army an Ivy Bridge chip if they desire the right firmware — the socket is pacify LGA 1155.