Ivy Bridge Launches April 23
The Intel Ivy Bridge launch is expected on April 23, reports C/Net. Rollouts from Apple, HP, Dell, Sony, Toshiba, and others using Intel’s new 22 nm process are expected to be staggered throughout the next few months. Intel’s new mainstream processor line will be used in Ultrabooks and laptops as well as desktops.
Preliminary benchmarks show the chip’s internal graphics processor are much faster compared to earlier Intel designs. According to Computer Base, testing based on 3DMark Vantage yielded a score of 19,097 for the Ivy Bridge HD4000 graphics processing unit (GPU). By comparison, the Sandy Bridge HD3000 GPU posted a score of 11,583, according to Computer Base. That’s a 65 percent performance boost for Ivy Bridge.
On 3DMark Vantage, the Ivy Bridge HD4000 racked 4,431 points against Sandy Bridge’s 2,179. That’s a gain of 103 percent. Both chips had a base clock speed of 2.7GHz and a Turbo Boost speed of 3.7GHz, according to CPU World.
The Ivy Bridge processor outperformed the Sandy Bridge processor in every test. The average improvement in the CPU speed is approx 9%. For the integrated GPU, the performance benefit with Ivy Bridge varied between 32% and 108%.
Ivy Bridge is the first Intel chip to employ new 3D transistors and the first to support USB 3.0 (in the companion chipset).
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