The First Intel Ivy Bridge CPU Clock Speeds and More

Intel's Ivy Bridge will be the next "tick" in the company's tick-tock release strategy. This one will be fairly significant with its 3D tri-gate transistor technology introduction. While Intel hasn't revealed much about its Ivy Bridge release schedule, we're expecting them in time for Q2 2012.

Ivy Bridge is expected for Q2 of 2012, with most pinning the first chips to arrive in April. Like previous new releases, the initial introduction will be in the mainstream and mid-performance ranges first before Intel cranks speeds up to levels suitable for the high-end performance and enthusiast segments.

Performance Desktop Ivy Bridge CPU Roadmap

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Performance SegmentQ2 2012Q3 2012Q4 2012
Premium P1Core i7-3770KCore i7-3770≥ Core i7-3770K Core i7-3770≥ Core i7-3770K Core i7-3770
Mainstream 2Core i5-3570KCore i5-3550≥ Core i5-3570K Core i5-3570≥ Core i5-3570K Core i5-3570
Mainstream 1Core i5-3450Core i5-3470Core i5-3470


What we know so far about these first Ivy Bridge offerings so far:

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ProcessorBase Frequency (GHz)Total Cache (MB)Cores / ThreadsMemory Speed Support (DDR3)Turbo Boost max single core (GHz)Intel HD GraphicsFrequency / Dynamic Frequency (MHz)Intel SIPP 2012; vPro 2012; VT-d; TXT
Core i7-3770K3.5084 / 81600, 13333.904000650/1150Row 0 - Cell 8
Core i7-37703.4084 / 81600, 13333.904000650/1150X
Core i5-3570K3.4064 / 41600, 13333.804000650/1150Row 2 - Cell 8
Core i5-35703.4064 / 41600, 13333.802500650/1150X
Core i5-35503.3064 / 41600, 13333.702500650/1150X
Core i5-34703.2064 / 41600, 13333.602500650/1100X
Core i5-34503.2064 / 41600, 13333.502500650/1100Row 6 - Cell 8
Core i5-33303.0064 / 41600, 13333.202500650/1050Row 7 - Cell 8

Features shared by all the above mentioned Ivy Bridge CPUs are a TDP of 77W, a 2-channel integrated memory controller, and AES-NI support.

Stay tuned as more details trickle out.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • soccerdocks
    Its surprising how all of these chips have a TDP of 77W. This should make for some nice temperatures even with a significant overclock.
  • pbrigido
    As much as I would love to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU, I can't seem to justify replacing my 2600k i7.
  • Area51
    I wonder if with the LV version of the CPU it would be possible to run a system without a CPU Fan or not. That would make a great home entertainment system.
  • neoverdugo
    So, whats the price tag?? If its Over 8000 I'll stick with the Bulldozer (That's a textbook definition of irony)
  • slhpss
    can't wait... kinda upset it got pushed back to April release now... but I'm resolved to wait until these bad boys come out until upgrading.
  • jjb8675309
    ^exactly more importantly, what are the projected prices! Id like a 3570k if the price is right...
  • sinfulpotato
    There is no reason to upgrade over the LAST generation i5 and i7. Hell, I will even say people with a second generation phenom have no incentive to upgrade. We are talking the neighborhood of 1-5 FPS differences in high resolution gaming across three generations.
  • lasaldude
    These are LGA 1155 right? Not that stupid 2011 shit!
  • davewolfgang
    pbrigidoAs much as I would love to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU, I can't seem to justify replacing my 2600k i7.
    That's the reason I didn't upgrade from my i7-960 to Sandy - which was VERY, VERY hard to not do. But I have purposely waited in my upgrading until Ivy. Looks like my wait will be VERY well worth it.
  • captaincharisma
    3D tri-gate transistor technology introduction.

    i hate it when companies try to take advantage of using the latest buzzword to promote something. AMD is bad for this too with its HD internet technology or whatever it really is