Intel Promises Big Performance With Sandy Bridge

We know that the next big thing to come from Intel is Sandy Bridge, which will be the biggest CPU overhaul since Nehalem.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini made mention of the upcoming processor generation, saying that it'll be the biggest leap the company's made yet in terms of processing power.

While Intel would never encourage prospective customers to hold off on a new PC – especially leading up to the hot holiday buying season – the CEO's enthusiasm for Sandy Bridge could give reason to wait until 2011.

In closing, I want to mention our next processor family codenamed Sandy Bridge. This quarter, we began volume production of Sandy Bridge and expect to ship revenue units in Q4 as we prepare for systems launch in the first quarter of 2011. Sandy Bridge represents the largest increase in computing performance in our history. This is a truly stunning product that we can’t wait to bring to market. Early demand from customers is much greater than we originally expected and we anticipate a very fast ramp.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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.
  • dylansaliba
    Ramp shmamp, just keep trickling the tech down, milking us for every bit that we are worth...
  • darkchazz
    My favorite band once said:
    "Hoping that he's bid for more than arguments And failed attempts to fly, fly"
  • Emperus
    I guess this answers to all those queries asking whether to hold on till the Sandy Bridge launch or to buy a system right now..
  • the_krasno
    If this is as big as a leap like the one from Pentium to Core, I might have to give them my money. I still use an old Core 2.
  • pbrigido
    That is an impressive claim. Let's hope they fulfil the expectations of the consumer and AMD isn't far behind bringing a more powerful CPU to the market as well.
  • ibemerson
    We don't need no stinkin CPUs

    Better chipsets please!
  • Marco925
    Yeah, but it will be a promise for even BIGGER Prices!
  • g00fysmiley
    so basically the saem advise we've been giving people on the forums for the past 4-5 months.. if you need a system now go for it, if you can wait sandybridge is right around the corner (as is bulldozer) and i'll be wating till both are out and benchmarked to buy one
  • chiral
    I'm still unsure how Sandy Bridge will outpace X58 systems. From what I've read (and maybe misunderstood) it seems like the two CPU families are very similar other than a puny GPU built into the CPU. For enthusiasts, is this really that big of a deal?

    IMHO - Sandy bridge may be good for sub 800$ systems, since you won't need a separate GPU, but anyone looking to push the limits wouldn't benefit.
  • teknomedic
    Can't they say that about just every new generation of procs? I mean... in theory, each get is about double the one before it. I know this isn't as true as it once was. My point is that "P2 represents the largest increase in computing performance in our history"... "P3 represents the largest increase in computing performance in our history"... "P4 represents the largest increase in computing performance in our history"... etc, etc... should hold true in general.