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More Details on Intel's Ivy Bridge and Maho Bay Leaked

ComputerBase has released some more leaked slides providing further details on the upcoming Ivy Bridge/Maho Bay platform coming in 2012. Codename Maho Bay is the term for the full desktop platform based on the new Ivy Bridge processors and the matching Panther Point chipsets. The new Maho Bay platform will mark the first true introduction of PCI-Express 3.0 and integration of the USB 3.0 controller on the chipset. Integrated graphics will support DirectX 11. The Ivy Bridge processor will be based on 22nm, with 3-D transistor design called Tri-Gate fabrication, which will support Intel's Smart Response Technology, Smart Connect Technology and Rapid Start Technology 11.  

Intel is set to make the Maho Bay platform backwards compatible with current generation Sandy Bridge processors. As discussed here, there will be restrictions on the how the backwards and forwards compatibility will work. The Q67, Q65 and B65 chipsets will not support Ivy Bridge, even with a motherboard firmware update, but the Z68, P67, H67 and H61 chipsets look to all be compatible with a required UEFI update. Through the information provided, the complete feature list of the six planned chipsets B75, Q75, Q77, H77, Z75 and Z77 is known.

The leaked information confirms the TDP-classifications of 77-watts for the upcoming Ivy Bridge release. The high-end Ivy Bridge Core i7-37xx CPUs will have four cores (eight threads), unlocked multiplier and fully-developed new graphics unit. The Core i7s will have a maximum TDP of 77 watts, which compares well to current generation's 95 watts. The Core i5 series will range from 77 watts down to 45 watts on Intel's "Lifestyle" segment, which will carry the Core i5 35xx, 34xx and 33xx tags with four cores in tow. The Core i3 31xx CPUs will feature two cores and have TDP of 55 watts down to 35 watts.  

The Ivy Bridge looks to be on target for a late Q4 "qualification for sale", which means the first Ivy Bridge systems should become available around Spring 2012 to end users.

  • ojas
    So this means pcie 3.0, usb 3.0, IGP with dx11, similar naming scheme, lower tdp...if they manage to deliver decent entry level gpu performance while delivering on their promised performance increase over sandy bridge, intel have a huge win lined up for them.

    i hope amd gets its act together soon enough...
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  • theuniquegamer
    So ivy bridge is going to be a very very nice gaming build with new 7000 series or nvidia 600 series cards.
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  • de5_Roy
    intel seems to be well on track with their ivy bridge/ maho bay platform.
    only diff. between z77 and z75 are fewer pcie 3 lanes? damn segmentation...
    glad to see Pxx chipset being phased out. Pxx chipset was alredy less relevant with sandy bridge than it was with nehalem. :)
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  • MAGPC
    where is X58 chipset? :(
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  • de5_Roy
    9327954 said:
    where is X58 chipset? :(
    x-series is intel's enthusiast oriented chipset. if intel does release one for ivb, it'll most likely to come out in q4 or late q4 2012. intel's current enthusiast chipset is x79.
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  • AppleBlowsDonkeyBalls
    Motherboards with the Z77 chipset and PCIe 3.0 coupled with Ivy Bridge will be the ones to get if you still haven't gotten SB and are waiting for IB FINALLY we'll be able to get true tri-CF/SLI in a motherboard under $200. While two of the slots would be running at 4x, remember that they support PCIe 3.0 and it's therefore the equivalent of PCIe 2.0 x8. And since the 28nm GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD will support it, we'll get a true solution at last. Since the chipset will also support USB 3.0, vendors can combine both the chipset and add a Marvell or ASMedia controller so we can have 6 to 10 USB 3.0 through I/O ports and headers. Yay!
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  • campb292
    A nice gaming platform for sure, but a feature set not much different than the current sandy 6-series. Many 6 series boards have pcie3.0 support, usb 3.0, etc. Not to mention current, and probably next gen, graphics cards don't even saturate pcie 2.0 bandwidth.
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  • metallifux
    Is there any chance the new chipsets will come before the CPU's
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  • Christopher1
    ojasSo this means pcie 3.0, usb 3.0, IGP with dx11, similar naming scheme, lower tdp...if they manage to deliver decent entry level gpu performance while delivering on their promised performance increase over sandy bridge, intel have a huge win lined up for them.i hope amd gets its act together soon enough...
    For most users. Unfortunately, most people buying desktops and even laptops today are gaming users who need a little more 'oomph' than any Intel GPU would bring to the table.
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  • drwho1
    I'm not planning to build another system "this soon"...
    But this are still good news.

    :)

    Not to mention that an article on Tom's with no mention of certain "fruit" is refreshing.
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