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Intel Reveals More Details of Ivy Bridge Variants at ISSCC

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Intel has revealed further details about its 22nm Ivy Bridge platform at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference, which currently takes place in San Francisco.

Following the initial disclosure of Ivy Bridge at IDF Fall 2011, Intel engineer Scott Siers announced that there will be four different Ivy Bridge die models. The dies will integrate two or four cores, two different DX11 graphics units, as well 2 to 8 MB L3 cache. Ivy Bridge will carry up to 1.4 billion transistors that span over an area of 160 mm2, which is about 26 percent smaller than the comparable 216 mm2 Sandy Bridge die with 1.16 billion transistors.

Ivy Bridge will also integrate DisplayPort support and 20 channels of PCIe 3. The memory controller now supports 1.35V DDR3L SODIMMs.

Digitimes reported last week that Ivy Bridge would not be shipping as planned, as the production of the processors appears to be delayed. According to the publication, a small volume of Ivy Bridge chips will be available in April with volume shipments not happening until Q3, which would mean - if Digitimes is right - that volume Ivy Bridge computers won't be available until early Q4. The culprit apparently is the economy and weak demand, which makes it difficult for PC makers to get rid of their Sandy Bridge inventory. However, Intel told VR-Zone that the report is only partially true and only dual-core Ivy Bridge models will be delayed.

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    danwat1234 , February 22, 2012 12:35 AM
    soldier37Not sure if Ivy will be a worthy upgrade over my 2600k @ 4.5 other than slightly better temps from the lower nm process and slight bump in speed 10-20% I've read about. But may do it anyway just to have the latest greatest, along with 2 GTX 680s in SLI. 2560 x 1600 res ftw.

    Don't waste your money. You already have it made. Wait for a few years.
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    nforce4max , February 22, 2012 1:08 AM
    If Intel and other companies wanted existing inventory to sell well then just drop the prices.
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    lancelot123 , February 22, 2012 1:09 AM
    My tax return is burning a hole in my packet. I have a Q9400 right now and I want to upgrade badly (not that the Q9400 is horrible). I was just planning on getting a 2500K right now. Should I just try and wait it out?
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    danwat1234 , February 22, 2012 12:35 AM
    soldier37Not sure if Ivy will be a worthy upgrade over my 2600k @ 4.5 other than slightly better temps from the lower nm process and slight bump in speed 10-20% I've read about. But may do it anyway just to have the latest greatest, along with 2 GTX 680s in SLI. 2560 x 1600 res ftw.

    Don't waste your money. You already have it made. Wait for a few years.
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    lucifersloofa , February 22, 2012 1:03 AM
    A i52570k will be a sweet upgrade from my e8400. Battlefield 3 hates a dualcore!
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    nforce4max , February 22, 2012 1:08 AM
    If Intel and other companies wanted existing inventory to sell well then just drop the prices.
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    lancelot123 , February 22, 2012 1:09 AM
    My tax return is burning a hole in my packet. I have a Q9400 right now and I want to upgrade badly (not that the Q9400 is horrible). I was just planning on getting a 2500K right now. Should I just try and wait it out?
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    kcorp2003 , February 22, 2012 1:16 AM
    my hands were itching a few hours ago to buy a i5-2500k for a desktop build. i can still wait... i think.
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    Anonymous , February 22, 2012 1:23 AM
    lucifersloofaA i52570k will be a sweet upgrade from my e8400. Battlefield 3 hates a dualcore!

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/battlefield-3-graphics-performance,3063-13.html

    no difference with an i3 to i7!
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    makasin , February 22, 2012 1:27 AM
    i am trying not to get a 2600k and spring for the ivy, cause I want better performance in skyrim. all my other components are decent, could use more ram or OC my i7, but I think ill spend the money on a full new system once they come out
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    kcorp2003 , February 22, 2012 1:29 AM
    looniamhttp://www.tomshardware.com/review [...] 63-13.htmlno difference with an i3 to i7!


    That benchmark is based on single player. But when it comes to Multiplayer, its a whole new ball game.
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    foxmulder_ms , February 22, 2012 1:40 AM
    Slow development... AMD, you ruined everything.
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    A Bad Day , February 22, 2012 1:41 AM
    I wonder what would happen if I play Crysis 2 or Civ5 with DX11 at medium resolution?
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    cbrunnem , February 22, 2012 2:03 AM
    makasini am trying not to get a 2600k and spring for the ivy, cause I want better performance in skyrim. all my other components are decent, could use more ram or OC my i7, but I think ill spend the money on a full new system once they come out


    thats ignorant and were have you been? its pretty common knowledge that bf3 multiplayer likes a quad core.
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    TEAMSWITCHER , February 22, 2012 2:07 AM
    "a small volume of Ivy Bridge chips will be available in April "

    What the hell does that mean? What's a small volume for Intel? What type of CPU's are they - mobile or desktop? Who's getting them? Is Apple getting the CPU's first? Apple doesn't participate in the sticker program, and can give Intel media Buzz that no other PC maker can duplicate. Is that what is meant by small volume? I'm interested but also very bothered by the total lack of details.


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    Middleman , February 22, 2012 2:22 AM
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    What the hell does that mean? What's a small volume for Intel? What type of CPU's are they - mobile or desktop? Who's getting them?


    It means that OEM orders will be fulfilled first, and then what little is left will be released to the retail market. For you and me, it means there is going to be a backorder on Apple's new MBP when it is released this spring, so order as soon as possible if you're interested, and NewEgg will run out of stock minutes after putting them up for order, much like what happened when they got a limited stock of 7970's a month ago.
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    lucifersloofa , February 22, 2012 2:26 AM
    cbrunnemthats ignorant and were have you been? its pretty common knowledge that bf3 multiplayer likes a quad core.

    I've been fine with games up until now. the e8400 oc's well. It's had it's time in the sun, It ran crysis now for bigger and better things
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    Middleman , February 22, 2012 2:31 AM
    soldier37Not sure if Ivy will be a worthy upgrade over my 2600k @ 4.5 other than slightly better temps from the lower nm process and slight bump in speed 10-20% I've read about. But may do it anyway just to have the latest greatest, along with 2 GTX 680s in SLI. 2560 x 1600 res ftw.


    I would say it probably isn't worth it. I've got a 2700 @ 4.6 myself, and I have no plans on upgrading until the next die shrink, as that usually comes with a new socket as well. I might trade up for a new motherboard when they are release though, as I'm not really impressed with the P8Z68 Deluxe board I'm running right now. Word is they'll support USB3 natively, and won't have to offload the second row of SATA3 connectors to 3rd party controller like my board does. Depends on what other features the new boards come with, and how they are priced.
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    SteelCity1981 , February 22, 2012 2:48 AM
    I think the funny part is people that already have Sandy Bridge chips want to upgrade to Ivy Bridge when all they are doing is wasting their money for the most part. The only thing that's worth upgrading to Ivy Bridge is PCIe-3 maybe, but even with that said no gpu card unless you are running two top of the line gpu's in corssifre mode can even come close to taking advantage of that much bandwidth. Even with that said you'll be lucky with the current top of the line gpu's out now to hit PCIe-2 limits in corssfire mode let alone anything else. I'm running a first gen Core i7 cpu and i have no plans on upgrading anytime soon, because there isn't a real good reason to for me unless i actually see a night and day diff in the work i do on my pc to go upgrade.
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    confish21 , February 22, 2012 2:53 AM
    Sigh... Intel can u just release it already. I know the TH community is starving for some benchmarks.
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    dimar , February 22, 2012 3:20 AM
    Intel should start with LGA2011 Ivy BirdgE :-)
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