Wednesday, December 28th 2011

Intel Ivy Bridge Platform Reportedly Set for April 8 Debut

Known to be missing out on both CES 2012 and CeBIT 2012, Intel's next-generation processor platform, codenamed Ivy Bridge, is now claimed to be rolling out on April 8th. Of course, April 8th is a Sunday so it's probable that the actual launch, accompanied by a long press release and a flurry of reviews, will be scheduled for Monday, the 9th of April.

According to Digitimes' Taiwanese sources, the first Ivy Bridge wave will include no less than 25 processors (17 desktop models and 8 notebook/ultrabook chips) and 8 chipsets (Z77, H77, Z75 and B75 for desktops, HM77, UM77, HM76 and HM75 for mobile PCs). More Ivy Bridge products, including the Core i5-3470T CPU and the Q77, Q75, QS77 and QM77 chipsets, are said to become available in May.

Price wise, the upcoming CPUs should pretty much cover the same spectrum as current, Sandy Bridge-based Core models - $184 to $332, while the chipsets will go from $37 for the B75 to $53 for the QS77 (the Z77 desktop 'flagship' is supposed to cost $48).

The Ivy Bridge CPUs are manufactured on 22nm process technology; they utilize 3D Tri-Gate transistors, they feature DirectX 11 graphics, and have an LGA 1155 packaging so they should work on current, 6 Series-based motherboards, provided BIOS updates will be supplied by manufacturers. As for the 7 Series chipsets, well, they come with native USB 3.0 support.

The chart below (courtesy of CPU-World) details some of the Ivy Bridge desktop processors that are in the pipeline.

Source: Digitimes
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22 Comments on Intel Ivy Bridge Platform Reportedly Set for April 8 Debut

#1
seronx


More from PCPer(list from X-bit) but doesn't have prices
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#2
Quantos
That 3570k does look quite yummy. :)

I have a feeling the phenom ii 955 has soon reached the end of its service in my system! :D
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#3
Damn_Smooth
This is what I'm waiting for. Now to decide between 3570K and 3770K.
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#4
RejZoR
3770K ftw imo. Nothing beats the big number of threads in the task manager... :D
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#5
_JP_
i5-3470 look fine for me. :)
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#6
ensabrenoir
Trying to hold on....all depends on that quad 2011......want both...but there can be only 1 or the wife will kill me:laugh:
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#7
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Hmmm....Debating 3770k upgrade :p
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#8
dieterd
I just love Intels price policy - new, better (a little) product for the same price (not a cent more)! why AMD didn't that with phenomII to bulldozer?
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_JP_
by: dieterd
why AMD didn't that with phenomII to bulldozer?
Because Bulldozer is an all new architecture and Ivy Bridge is just a reduction on the manufacturing process. So research costs aren't even close.
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dieterd
by: _JP_
Because Bulldozer is an all new architecture and Ivy Bridge is just a reduction on the manufacturing process. So research costs aren't even close.
that is nice for them, but preformance boost is close to nothing (Bulldozer vs phenom II), but price boost is solid
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#12
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Nothing in my price range. :(
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#13
radrok
Seems pretty good... Still I'd prefer Intel to launch enthusiast platform before the mainstream, I fear that the IPC improvements will make the 4c/8t close to the 6c/12t SB-E.
What's in for sure is that 3770k/3570k Ivy Bridge will wipe the floor with SB-E on gaming.
Now gief an LGA 2011 Ivy-E with 20MB L3 cache and 8 cores EE.
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#14
borden5
these chipset naming is kinda confusing ...
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#15
HalfAHertz
In my opinion HT is unnecessary for everyday use when you have 4 or more real cores. I turn it off and things feel snappier for me.
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#16
Winston_008
I wonder why theres a dual core there, i thought intel would have moved past putting dual cores in their mid range i5s already?
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#17
BrooksyX
Prices dont look to bad. Probably will hold off on upgrading though. Doubt I would see a benefit going from a 2500k to a 3750k. Maybe just some power savings.
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by: BrooksyX
Prices dont look to bad. Probably will hold off on upgrading though. Doubt I would see a benefit going from a 2500k to a 3750k. Maybe just some power savings.
Same here. :toast:
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#20
tongey54
by: RejZoR
3770K ftw imo. Nothing beats the big number of threads in the task manager... :D
+1 to that. My 2500K is killing me after my i7 920 :( although it is much better :D
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#21
Millennium
I will probably splash out on the 3770k, assuming there is more OC headroom. But April 9th? That's a long way away and I was expecting it a lot sooner :/
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#22
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: tongey54
+1 to that. My 2500K is killing me after my i7 920 :( although it is much better :D
Overclock and unleash that beast then. mine just totally rips through everything I throw at it like a rabid dog with rabies thats spent most of its life living in dumpsters and fighting off packs of angry fox's for food!!
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