Tuesday, April 12th 2011

Intel Ivy Bridge Feature Set Detailed

Some time in the first half of 2012, Intel will release its next generation of desktop processors for the LGA1155 socket, based on the new Ivy Bridge silicon. Ivy Bridge is a 22 nanometer die-shrink of Sandy Bridge, with a few features added/improved. Ivy Bridge's smaller die size will allow for increased clock speeds and reduced production costs. A presentation was leaked to the press, which reveals quite a bit about the new chips. To begin with, Ivy Bridge processors are seamlessly compatible with existing LGA1155 platforms, and "Cougar Point" P67, H67, H61, Z68, chipsets, although it will come with its own 7-series chipset.

For the most part, Ivy Bridge is identical to Sandy Bridge, being an optical shrink from existing 32 nm to 22 nm. It will feature a new dual-channel DDR3 memory controller with official support for DRAM speeds of up to DDR3-1600 MHz. There's the usual PCI-Express 2.0 x16 hub that can drive up to two discrete graphics cards with electrical x8 connections. The integrated graphics controller will face an overhaul, it will be DirectX 11 compliant. It will also support the next version of Intel QuickSync GPU-accelerated video encoding technology. Turbo Boost 2.0 will be carried forward. TDP ranges in the usual 95/65/45/35W options.

Moving on, the next slide shows how Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge processors; and Cougar Point, Panther Point chipsets are seamlessly compatible with each other. Ivy Bridge processors can run on existing 6-series chipsets, Sandy Bridge should be able to run on Panther Point 7-series chipsets as well. The incentive in Panther Point chipset, however, is that it will feature a newer FDI interface that will support up to three displays running simultaneously; and that it will feature an integrated USB 3.0 controller. USB 3.0 will be implemented in a similar fashion as SATA 6 Gb/s on Cougar point, only some, not all USB ports will be SuperSpeed ports.

Source: DonanimHaber
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30 Comments on Intel Ivy Bridge Feature Set Detailed

#1
Trackr
So..

- Ivy Bridge will be 1155 compatible.
- Panther Point will also be available, but the only upgrade is integrated USB 3.0. (Seriously? P67-P77 and the only difference in USB 3.0 which we already have..?)
- No mention of PCIe 3.0.

So, I guess next year we'll have to consider 32nm Sandy Bridge-EE or 22nm Ivy Bridge.
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#2
random
So SandyBridge will get another set of CPUs released? Which are 22nm.....?
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Trackr
by: randomflip
So SandyBridge will get another set of CPUs released? Which are 22nm.....?
No, the next CPUs will be called Ivy Bridge and will simply be a 22nm shrink of Sandy Bridge.

Personally, if the IV CPUs have a 5.0Ghz wall as well, they'll be slightly pointless.
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#4
Fourstaff
by: Trackr
No, the next CPUs will be called Ivy Bridge and will simply be a 22nm shrink of Sandy Bridge.

Personally, if the IV CPUs have a 5.0Ghz wall as well, they'll be slightly pointless.
If you can hit 5.0Ghz at lower voltage and power consumption that would be nice. I have no faith in the early IVB processors' overclocking though, because the 22nm would be new and a bit "buggy". Later batches might prove to be a beast.
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#5
Melvis
Not a new Socket ? :eek: now thats a first...
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#6
Wyverex
So, Socket 1155 looks like a worthy successor of 775 :)
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#7
Trackr
by: Melvis
Not a new Socket ? :eek: now thats a first...
No, no. Socket '2011' will come out as promised. But it will be for the Sandy Bridge-E 32nm chips; the eight-core variants of the i7-2k series.
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#8
Bundy
by: Melvis
Not a new Socket ? :eek: now thats a first...
Thats what I was thinking - a good thing.

All up this sounds more appealing (at this stage) than the proposed x series chipset and CPU for my next upgrade
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#9
HalfAHertz
Wow we're finally looking at the barrier setting 22nm :o The next step is 16nm and from everything I've read so far it looks like its going to be a tough nut to crack due to difficulties shrinking lithography silicon production any further.
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#10
Melvis
by: Trackr
No, no. Socket '2011' will come out as promised. But it will be for the Sandy Bridge-E 32nm chips; the eight-core variants of the i7-2k series.
Yes i do realize that, but we are talking about Ivy Bridge here arnt we?

by: Bundy
Thats what I was thinking - a good thing.

All up this sounds more appealing (at this stage) than the proposed x series chipset and CPU for my next upgrade
Indeed it is, that is the best good news ive heard for intel owners in yrs. Im going to pass this info onto a mate so he can make the right choice, and not go with 1366.
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Trackr
by: Melvis
Yes i do realize that, but we are talking about Ivy Bridge here arnt we?
No, according to Intel, the >4-core Ivy Bridge processors won't arrive until H2 2012.. or the end of the world ;)
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#12
TheLostSwede
Sorry, but I fail to see what's new in these slides, as this information has already leaked multiple times already from various sources.
Ivy Bridge will feature PCI Express 3.0, but only the lanes coming out of the CPU, not the ones from the chipset.
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#13
caleb
by: Trackr
No, the next CPUs will be called Ivy Bridge and will simply be a 22nm shrink of Sandy Bridge.

Personally, if the IV CPUs have a 5.0Ghz wall as well, they'll be slightly pointless.
He asked if the current SB will get new CPU's and you say "No, they will get 22nm ones" :rolleyes:

So will the new CPU's work on current mobo's or not ?
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#14
theJesus
I'm really starting to get sick of these silly little code-names. "Sugar Bay"? Really? :shadedshu
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slyfox2151
by: Trackr
No, the next CPUs will be called Ivy Bridge and will simply be a 22nm shrink of Sandy Bridge.

Personally, if the IV CPUs have a 5.0Ghz wall as well, they'll be slightly pointless.
that goes agenst everything i know about INTELs RnD, intel use's a Tick Tock method.... tick being a new Architecture, Tock being a die shrink....

Nehalem was a Tick
Sandy Bridge was the Tock
Ivy should be a Tick?
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#16
Wyverex
by: slyfox2151
that goes agenst everything i know about INTELs RnD, intel use's a Tick Tock method.... tick being a new Architecture, Tock being a die shrink....

Nehalem was a Tick
Sandy Bridge was the Tock
Ivy should be a Tick?
Nehalem was Tick (new architecture), 32 nm Gulftown and/or 32 nm LGA1156 CPUs were Tock (die shrink)

Sandy Bridge is Tick (although, not a big architectural jump over Nehalem, it is still a new architecture) and Ivy will be SB's Tock (die shrink)
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#17
AndreiD
by: Wyverex
Nehalem was Tick (new architecture), 32 nm Gulftown and/or 32 nm LGA1156 CPUs were Tock

Sandy Bridge is Tick (although, not a bit architectural jump over Nehalem, it is still a new architecture) and Ivy will be SB's Tock
Nehalem - Tick 45nm
Clarkdale - Tock 32nm
Sandy Bridge - Tick 32nm
Ivy Bridge - Tock 22nm

:)
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#18
LifeOnMars
Well I'm tocking loving my 2500k and will upgrade when the 22nm chips come out.
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#19
Trackr
by: caleb
He asked if the current SB will get new CPU's and you say "No, they will get 22nm ones" :rolleyes:

So will the new CPU's work on current mobo's or not ?
You're rolling your eyes at me because a syntax error? Talk about defensive.

I was right. No, they will not get new SB CPUs, as the new CPUs are valled Ivy Bridge.

And if you'd read my post just a little bit further you'd have the answer to your question.
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#20
slyfox2151
by: AndreiD
Nehalem - Tick 45nm
Clarkdale - Tock 32nm
Sandy Bridge - Tick 32nm
Ivy Bridge - Tock 22nm

:)
oohhh :P i forgot about clarkdale..
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#21
Nesters
Note that not every chipset will be compatible. Most likely high-end 60's and the new 70s
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#22
caleb
by: Trackr
You're rolling your eyes at me because a syntax error? Talk about defensive.

I was right. No, they will not get new SB CPUs, as the new CPUs are valled Ivy Bridge.

And if you'd read my post just a little bit further you'd have the answer to your question.
By asking if the Sandy Bridge will get a new CPU he meant that the platform 1155 will get a new CPU(ivy). Sorry I thought its obvious for everyone...;)
And I'm sorry I cannot deduct your answers if you cannot understand the questions but the fact is that its not obvious for everybody that all current 1155 stuff will be ivy compatible and Nesters post above proves my doubt in it.
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#23
Over_Lord
News Editor
by: Trackr
So..

- Ivy Bridge will be 1155 compatible.
- Panther Point will also be available, but the only upgrade is integrated USB 3.0. (Seriously? P67-P77 and the only difference in USB 3.0 which we already have..?)
- No mention of PCIe 3.0.

So, I guess next year we'll have to consider 32nm Sandy Bridge-EE or 22nm Ivy Bridge.
but it would be a bummer if like Sandy the Bridge only the highest end 300$ Ivy Bridge has all the thread, cache and gpu units enabled. Kills the purpose of integrated gfx completely
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#24
Fourstaff
by: Nesters
Note that not every chipset will be compatible. Most likely high-end 60's and the new 70s
It looks like all the chipsets are covered other than the more obscure ones which nobody will use.
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Trackr
by: Nesters
Note that not every chipset will be compatible. Most likely high-end 60's and the new 70s
Well.. those are the only chipsets that exists. Unless they come out with P65, which is unlikely.
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