Intel is rolling out its latest generation of processors this year, dubbed Ivy Bridge. The successor to the hugely popular Sandy Bridge processors bring some interesting changes and since we’re going to start seeing them in many of the new PCs entering the market it’s a good time to take a moment to get familiar with what they’re all about.
The principal change between Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge is that the manufacturing process has been shrunk from 32nm to 22nm. This has the result of dramatically increasing transistor density, all the while enhancing overall performance and energy efficiency.
One of the interesting developments is that this processor line is the first to use Intel’s Tri-Gate transistors, also dubbed “3-D” transistor technology. Considering a CPU consists of billions of transistors, this makes a big difference. Practically speaking this results in up to fifty percent less power consumption than a processor with the same performance level using 2-D planar transistor technology. Great news if you’re concerned about energy consumption or battery life.
Aside from the new transistor technology, these processors are a lot like the Sandy Bridge processors. We still see the 2-chip platform partition with the PCH + CPU system. As such, Ivy Bridge is happily backwards compatible with existing LGA-1155 motherboards. One aspect I love is the four x86-64 cores, central to the chip die, and the 265 KB L2 cache dedicated to each of those cores. That sounds quite technical but the result is a very robust processor that can handle heavy loads efficiently.
The graphics core has been completely rebuilt with these processors too, now supporting DirectX 11 and other great graphics technologies. This means that integrated graphics processing performs much better in general. This will be especially evident in notebooks and all-in-one systems when integrated graphics are often relied on.Technically speaking, the Ivy Bridge GPU will have up to 16 execution units versus the 12 seen in Sandy Bridge.
Basically we’re looking at processors which a very efficient, with increased performance, lower power consumption, and better graphics handling. If you’re looking at purchasing a new notebook or all-in-one computer later this year, it's something you definitely want to keep an eye out for.
UPDATE: They're finally in stock at Future Shop!
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