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Ivy Bridge CPU Torndown, Photographed, Tri-Gates Revealed

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Media and Consulting firm UBM TechInsights says it was able to obtain a sample of Intel's 22 nm Ivy Bridge processor ahead of the CPU's official launch.

The company deconstructed the chip and performed a structural analysis that is planned to be released in two parts on May 4 and May 18. Some images have been released by EETimes, which is also part of UBM.

According to TechInsights, the 3.3 GHz Core i5-3550 was packaged in Malaysia and has a die size of 170 mm2, which is down from 208 mm2 for a comparable Sandy Bridge processor. The company analyzed the processor using electron microscopy as well as "x-ray techniques" and spreading resistance profiling and said it discovered 90 nm gate pitches in the embedded SRAM, but also 22 nm gate lengths in the logic areas.

A published picture confirms Intel's 22 nm tri-gate 3D transistors.

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    fazers_on_stun , April 16, 2012 9:15 PM
    Hopefully we'll get some PERFORMANCE reviews in about a week from now :) .
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    DavidC1 , April 16, 2012 9:23 PM
    nforce4maxInteresting mix of process tech. 90nm and 22nm tri gate.


    Just like your size can not be determined by height alone(height, width, thickness), the same is with transistors.

    22nm is size of the gate, 90nm refers to the distance between transistors. Way different.
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    atikkur , April 16, 2012 9:15 PM
    alxianthelastCan't wait to run crysis 3 on this.


    will be the same, crysis is already cheap n light.
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    nforce4max , April 16, 2012 9:09 PM
    Interesting mix of process tech. 90nm and 22nm tri gate.
  • 27 Hide
    fazers_on_stun , April 16, 2012 9:15 PM
    Hopefully we'll get some PERFORMANCE reviews in about a week from now :) .
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    atikkur , April 16, 2012 9:15 PM
    alxianthelastCan't wait to run crysis 3 on this.


    will be the same, crysis is already cheap n light.
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    josejones , April 16, 2012 9:18 PM
    I'd like to find out if the TDP specs have changed in the new Ivy Bridge CPU going from 77 watts up to 95 watts or not?

    Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770K Retail Box Leaked – TDP Raised to 95W?

    If so, will it only be an issue with the k overclock versions or will it be an issue with all Ivy Bridge CPU's across the board i.e. k, s, t, and the regular 3770 and 3570's?

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    DavidC1 , April 16, 2012 9:23 PM
    nforce4maxInteresting mix of process tech. 90nm and 22nm tri gate.


    Just like your size can not be determined by height alone(height, width, thickness), the same is with transistors.

    22nm is size of the gate, 90nm refers to the distance between transistors. Way different.
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    frostyfireball , April 16, 2012 9:30 PM
    Anyone know why the SRAM is 90nm rather than 22nm?
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    frostyfireball , April 16, 2012 9:31 PM
    NVM looks like it was answered. Interesting
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    Kryan , April 16, 2012 9:51 PM
    frozoniccheap n light..... nice, this proves we have advanced a lot! 4 years ago that game was unplayable even with Quad sli @ 1080p with maximun details


    This has nothing to do with...anything here really. Crysis 2 was dumbed down to keep it even with consoles, as well as featuring better optimization than the original Crysis (which was a beast, but by NO means needed quad SLI to be played at max graphics, unless you were using cards that were 1-2 years old at that stage).

    Related to the article: I want me an electron microscope! :D 
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    apache_lives , April 16, 2012 9:54 PM
    josejonesI'd like to find out if the TDP specs have changed in the new Ivy Bridge CPU going from 77 watts up to 95 watts or not? Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770K Retail Box Leaked – TDP Raised to 95W?If so, will it only be an issue with the k overclock versions or will it be an issue with all Ivy Bridge CPU's across the board i.e. k, s, t, and the regular 3770 and 3570's?


    K series are always higher -- normal. Standard cpus should be less ~65-80w
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    apache_lives , April 16, 2012 9:55 PM
    soldier37..Its true now though, they nerfed it to a console port to make more money off the kiddies. Crysis 3 wont be any different than 2 was, just new environments. Very few games are built on the PC first which is sad.


    Its not sad its pathetic
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    LORD_ORION , April 16, 2012 9:58 PM
    josejonesI'd like to find out if the TDP specs have changed in the new Ivy Bridge CPU going from 77 watts up to 95 watts or not? Intel’s Ivy Bridge Core i7 3770K Retail Box Leaked – TDP Raised to 95W?If so, will it only be an issue with the k overclock versions or will it be an issue with all Ivy Bridge CPU's across the board i.e. k, s, t, and the regular 3770 and 3570's?


    New tech... though it does make me nervous that the CPUs are not going to last. They could be cooking themselves from the inside out, and though they should last through warranty, this does not mean they are still not design flawed.
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    stingstang , April 16, 2012 10:26 PM
    KryanThis has nothing to do with...anything here really. Crysis 2 was dumbed down to keep it even with consoles, as well as featuring better optimization than the original Crysis (which was a beast, but by NO means needed quad SLI to be played at max graphics, unless you were using cards that were 1-2 years old at that stage).Related to the article: I want me an electron microscope!

    mmm well, 1080p wasn't a problem for 2x 8800 ultras when they came out. It was the 2560x1600 res that was never playable, and that was because of bad coding.
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    zankuto , April 16, 2012 10:27 PM
    Last I heard ivy bridge runs ridiculously hot.
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    yumri , April 16, 2012 10:39 PM
    they have better after market heatsinks and waterblocks now so heat shouldn't be as much of a problem for it as before IF Intel smartens up and includes a proper heatsink/fan combo with the Ivy bridge CPU so it doesn't get unstable under load due to heat.
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    confish21 , April 16, 2012 11:27 PM
    for how excited I am, im not buying till tom's does the full review!

    and the update to z77 boards with ivy as well.
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    dosdecarnitas , April 16, 2012 11:34 PM
    oh yeah baby show me that!!! nothing like Geek porn
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    Anonymous , April 16, 2012 11:39 PM
    " http://www.custompcreview.com/2012/04/15/intel-ivy-bridge-core-i7-3770k-box-leaked-tdp-95w/ "

    Ouch... All of that time and money invested into being the first to 22nm, and they gained literally nothing, and in fact may have even regressed?

    Intel apparently has too much pride to delay their 22nm long enough to get it right. It could be another 6 to 12 months or longer before they get it together, I guess their going to start selling you nanometers much like they sold Ghz in the Pentium4 era.

    What's worse is that if Trinity and Piledriver do well, then GloFo's 32nm process may perform just as well or better than Intel's 22nm, which could mean another coupe just like Athlon64. Except of course, it will be even worse, because AMD also has a massive integrated graphics lead now.
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    CaedenV , April 17, 2012 12:03 AM
    Core_i_pocalypse" http://www.custompcreview.com/2012 [...] d-tdp-95w/ "Ouch... All of that time and money invested into being the first to 22nm, and they gained literally nothing, and in fact may have even regressed?Intel apparently has too much pride to delay their 22nm long enough to get it right. It could be another 6 to 12 months or longer before they get it together, I guess their going to start selling you nanometers much like they sold Ghz in the Pentium4 era.What's worse is that if Trinity and Piledriver do well, then GloFo's 32nm process may perform just as well or better than Intel's 22nm, which could mean another coupe just like Athlon64. Except of course, it will be even worse, because AMD also has a massive integrated graphics lead now.

    Everybody is getting hot and bothered about the IB OC temps. At stock it does not get hot. The performance reviews that have been out already suggest that IB is ~5-10% better per clock and per watt than SB was, with a much better GPU. Believe it or not that is progress. Will it break any OC records? Not likely. But it is a clearly better CPU... just weak on the OC side of things.

    Besides, the IB chips coming out a few months from now will no dobut be better than the ones produced at first. I is merely a matter of figuring out their process and ironing out the rest of the kinks. By the time Haswell comes out (lol if it comes out as I understand this is the 4th Intel product with that name and the other 3 turned into vaporware) they will have 22 down pat, and combined with a new architecture we will see the performance we were looking for.
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    mocchan , April 17, 2012 1:00 AM
    Pretty excited to see the released product. Hopefully they won't disappoint...
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