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Intel Accelerates Launch of Ivy Bridge by Almost 1 Week

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.

  • jaquith
    So much for the Intel price drops...
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  • apple_eater
    22 nm processors would be interesting to know how much power it usages
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  • dudewitbow
    I'm afraid of what the new prices are going to be now D=
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  • killerclick
    Thanks AMD for falling so much behind and letting Intel rape customers with their prices.
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  • 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
    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
    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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  • jasonw223
    I'm buying one. It's going to be sweet, and you'll all be jealous.
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  • atikkur
    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
    Think I'm going to just build a Sandy Bridge-E rig now.
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