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Intel Announces Sandy Bridge - Win One for Free!

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

The next generation is now the current generation.

We all knew that it was coming, and now it's finally here. Sandy Bridge is no longer the "next-generation" of Intel Core architecture; it is now the current (second generation) one.

New features include Intel Insider, Quick Sync Video, and a new version of the company's WiDi, which now adds 1080p HD and content protection for those wishing to beam premium HD content from their laptop screen to their TV.

"The new 2nd Generation Intel Core processors represent the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any other previous generation," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. "The built-in visual capabilities enabled by these new processors are stunning. This combined with improved adaptive performance will revolutionize the PC experience in a way that is obvious for every user to see and appreciate – visibly smarter performance."

Incorporating the newly architected Intel HD Graphics on each 32nm die enables significant graphics performance improvements over previous generation graphics, for both HD media processing and mainstream gaming.

The chips are made on Intel's 32 nanometer manufacturing process on the company's second-generation high-k metal gate transistors. More than 500 desktop and laptop PCs are expected from all major OEMs worldwide throughout the next year.

Intel's Sandy Bridge Architecture

Check out our full Sandy Bridge review and benchmarks for the full details!

Be sure to enter our contest too if you'd like to bring one of these into your home.

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    h83 , January 3, 2011 3:34 PM

    As always the contest is for US residents only...
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    amnotanoobie , January 3, 2011 3:44 PM
    Yay for being in the US of A!

    I'm not one of them...
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    BWMerlin , January 3, 2011 3:46 PM
    h83As always the contest is for US residents only...

    Seems the norm these day's.
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    scook9 , January 3, 2011 3:59 PM
    People always complain about the scope of these contests then fail to remember they are reading a US based tech site......

    The Rhode Island people have a complaint, internationals do not, sorry.
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    wikiwikiwhat , January 3, 2011 3:59 PM
    wow, whats the flavor of that haterade? Envy?
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    aaron88_7 , January 3, 2011 4:05 PM
    scook9People always complain about the scope of these contests then fail to remember they are reading a US based tech site......The Rhode Island people have a complaint, internationals do not, sorry.

    I'm assuming they are mostly Canadians which might as well be just another US state. Not allowing Canada is kind of like not allowing Florida. Plus saying a particular website is US based is kind of dumb considering the purpose of the internet is to provide information regardless of borders
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    deletemach_kernel , January 3, 2011 4:12 PM
    scook9People always complain about the scope of these contests then fail to remember they are reading a US based tech site......The Rhode Island people have a complaint, internationals do not, sorry.

    You need to get off the internet....the internet is meant for worldwide coverage.its meant for the entire world to be a unified playground....oh wait.....theres life in only one place on earth.......yeah you guessed it.
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    bunz_of_steel , January 3, 2011 4:27 PM
    yeh but most of our jobs are going overseas so the rest of us are just trying to hold onto out jobs :( . So much for us or US.
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    nukemaster , January 3, 2011 4:57 PM
    What a-boot us Canadians EH?
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    digiex , January 3, 2011 4:58 PM
    Another nail in the coffin for AMD?
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    RipperjackAU , January 3, 2011 5:05 PM
    So, how much will Tom's be making from selling the contact list, created by this "competition"?
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    scook9 , January 3, 2011 5:28 PM
    deletemach_kernelYou need to get off the internet....the internet is meant for worldwide coverage.its meant for the entire world to be a unified playground....oh wait.....theres life in only one place on earth.......yeah you guessed it.

    I never implied there is only life in the US. But what you have to realize is that they have laws and regulations about these "giveaways" and being a US company they are restricted on who they can include in these. In the article linked for the give away Chris even explains in the comments there about why RI is excluded, they could do it but it would be an inordinate amount of paperwork and trouble.

    RipperjackAUSo, how much will Tom's be making from selling the contact list, created by this "competition"?

    I have participated in MANY of these giveaways and never received a single email or phone call from any marketing company so far......but nice conspiracy.
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    hellwig , January 3, 2011 5:59 PM
    aaron88_7I'm assuming they are mostly Canadians which might as well be just another US state. Not allowing Canada is kind of like not allowing Florida. Plus saying a particular website is US based is kind of dumb considering the purpose of the internet is to provide information regardless of borders

    Welcome to international commerce and trade laws my friend. The companies that run these websites have to be based somewhere. If you want to find out more on why this is the way it is, you can read up on it here: http://www.howstuffworks.com/question541.htm (note, I believe this is free to access by people of all nations, even though its a U.S. based website, in case you were worried).

    And as for free information, have you ever received the following notice when browsing any of Tom's sites?

    "Error 492: Invalid Country: Sorry, it appears that the country you are connecting from: 'Not America', is not America. Please relocate to America and retry your connection."

    Probably not. The information they give out is free. The computers they give out, on the other hand, may not be free in all countries.
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    saint19 , January 3, 2011 6:18 PM
    Looks very good, but again the same contest limitation Contest is limited to residents of the USA. I think that we need open International contest.
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    cangelini , January 3, 2011 6:26 PM
    deletemach_kernelYou need to get off the internet....the internet is meant for worldwide coverage.its meant for the entire world to be a unified playground....oh wait.....theres life in only one place on earth.......yeah you guessed it.


    Taxes and laws are not as universal as this world-wide web you speak of ;-)
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    jibbs , January 3, 2011 6:39 PM
    umm, so how do you enter?
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    Anonymous , January 3, 2011 6:54 PM
    USA only again, it is better to start reading UE sites, lol...
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    Anonymous , January 3, 2011 7:17 PM
    Most USA people think South Africa have lions and elephants running around in our streets, they not smart enough to have a chance at winning this, it should be open worldwide...
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    soundping , January 3, 2011 7:31 PM
    More DRM "no thanks"
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    plznote , January 3, 2011 7:50 PM
    Canada should be included in the contests :( 
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