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Intel Accelerates Launch of Ivy Bridge by Almost 1 Week

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Originally rumored to delay the launch of Ivy Bridge processors, Intel is now believed to have readjusted its schedule and introduce the chips a little earlier.

Previously targeted for an April 29 announcement, Ivy bridge is now set for an April 23 introduction with Acer, HP and Lenovo expected to launch notebooks based on the new 22 nm processors.

Retailers across Europe apparently have posted Ivy Bridge CPUs ahead of their official availability as well. According to Heise.de, the models Core i7-3770K, Core i7-3770, Core i5-3570K, Core i5-3550 and Core i5-3450 have surfaced on price comparison sites for prices between 189 and 340 Euros. The website noted that Ivy Bridge processors are substantially more expensive than Sandy Bridge versions with the same clock speed. Those who can wait should probably hold off until there is a balance of supply and demand in the market.

Opinion: If you were picky, you could note that despite Intel's CPU manufacturing process leadership, the introduction of new manufacturing processes is slipping. Back in 2005, when the company heavily marketed its tick-tock cadence of new manufacturing processes being introduced at the end of uneven years and platform refreshes in even years, we notice that Intel is now more than a quarter behind that original promise. Given the fact that the company is ahead of its competition anyway, that may not matter. But we do hear that there are significantly more roadblocks in maturing new manufacturing processes and there may be reason enough for Intel to updates its old cadence guideline.

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    killerclick , April 15, 2012 11:09 PM
    Thanks AMD for falling so much behind and letting Intel rape customers with their prices.
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2012 11:14 PM
    These are only higher priced because the retailers are gouging to take advantage of the early supply they have. The MSRP for ivybridge is pretty much exactly the same as the comparable sandybridge processors.
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    capt_taco , April 16, 2012 12:19 AM
    Everyone: "Wait for Ivy bridge; you'll get more performance and prices will come down."

    Me: "Intel isn't going to lower prices because they know they have no competition and can do whatever they want, just like in 2008."

    I can't tell you how many times I got beat up over that in the forums. Did we really not see this one coming?
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    jaquith , April 15, 2012 11:07 PM
    So much for the Intel price drops...
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    apple_eater , April 15, 2012 11:09 PM
    22 nm processors would be interesting to know how much power it usages
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    dudewitbow , April 15, 2012 11:09 PM
    I'm afraid of what the new prices are going to be now D=
  • 21 Hide
    killerclick , April 15, 2012 11:09 PM
    Thanks AMD for falling so much behind and letting Intel rape customers with their prices.
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    Anonymous , April 15, 2012 11:14 PM
    These are only higher priced because the retailers are gouging to take advantage of the early supply they have. The MSRP for ivybridge is pretty much exactly the same as the comparable sandybridge processors.
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    JeanLuc , April 15, 2012 11:15 PM
    I've been following a lot of user leaks who are testing Ivy Bridge CPU's on Z77 and if you didn't buy Sandy Bridge because you thought the 22nm would give you 5Ghz on air with easy your going to be bitterly disappointed.

    From the results posted so far temps are a massive issue for the K models even at stock IB is 5-10c hotter then the SB chip it's replacing and once it gets clocked past 4.5ghz towards 4.7 temps are hitting the 90's even and that's on a Corsair H100 (see tweaktown Asrock Z77 review). It might be worth holding back 4 months to see if a new stepping from Intel addresses the heat issues if not you might as well get a Sandy Bridge CPU now while you can.
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    jaquith , April 15, 2012 11:19 PM
    I'm still hoping the final IB is better! :??: 

    IB i7-3770K OC:
    4.7GHz @ 1.36v / 98C ; assumption = fixed vCore - http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4663/asrock_z77_extreme6_intel_z77_with_ivy_bridge_motherboard_review/index11.html
    4.8GHz @ 1.176v / 97C ; assumption = offset vCore - http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/4621/intel_ivy_bridge_overclocking_with_the_core_i7_3770k_and_core_i5_3570k_cpus/index2.html
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    atikkur , April 15, 2012 11:38 PM
    jasonw223I'm buying one. It's going to be sweet, and you'll all be jealous.


    you using a chip because of your need, not of a trend.
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    noobalert , April 15, 2012 11:40 PM
    Think I'm going to just build a Sandy Bridge-E rig now.
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    DoofusOfDeath , April 15, 2012 11:41 PM
    Anyone know when Dell will be updating their Mobile Precision line of laptops (e.g., M6600) to have Sandy Bridge processors?
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    ddan49 , April 15, 2012 11:42 PM
    Awww... Intel, you can't make up for crappy temps by releasing the chips earilier... you have to actually FIX the problem. :(  Do you guys think that SB might actually be... dare I say it... BETTER?
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    DoofusOfDeath , April 15, 2012 11:43 PM
    DoofusOfDeathAnyone know when Dell will be updating their Mobile Precision line of laptops (e.g., M6600) to have Sandy Bridge processors?


    Sorry, I meant when these laptop will have Ivy Bridge processors.
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    JOSHSKORN , April 15, 2012 11:57 PM
    Gaming benchmarks, please! :D  And thank you.
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    A Bad Day , April 16, 2012 12:00 AM
    dudewitbowI'm afraid of what the new prices are going to be now D=


    An arm and a leg.
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    derek2006 , April 16, 2012 12:05 AM
    jaquithI'm still hoping the final IB is better! 4.7GHz @ 1.36v / 98C ; assumption = fixed vCore - http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/4 [...] ndex4.html4.8GHz @ 1.176v / 97C ; assumption = offset vCore - http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/ [...] ndex2.html


    Whats the difference between offset and fixed vcore? And he's running 1.36V through that! Damn, that's what I run on my CPU with 65nm transistors.
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    spentshells , April 16, 2012 12:07 AM
    OH MY GOD ALMOST A WEEK !!!!!!!
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    jaquith , April 16, 2012 12:14 AM
    derek2006Whats the difference between offset and fixed vcore? And he's running 1.36V through that! Damn, that's what I run on my CPU with 65nm transistors.

    An Offset allows the voltage to drop as the load on the CPU drops; i.e. more efficient OC. There are Pros and Cons to both Fixed and Offset. Fixed adds greater stability to the OC but at the cost of throwing higher than needed voltage (temps and reduced lifespan), and generally a better option for running 'benchmarks'. Offset aides in reducing low-load voltage to the CPU which is perfectly fine, if stable, for more 'everyday' usage. Offset adds greater lifespan to the CPU and reduces the 'typical' load temps, but the trade-off is stability.
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    capt_taco , April 16, 2012 12:19 AM
    Everyone: "Wait for Ivy bridge; you'll get more performance and prices will come down."

    Me: "Intel isn't going to lower prices because they know they have no competition and can do whatever they want, just like in 2008."

    I can't tell you how many times I got beat up over that in the forums. Did we really not see this one coming?
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    ikyung , April 16, 2012 12:24 AM
    Hmm.. I'll wait for the 2nd gen.
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