Intel: Ivy Bridge
Ivy Bridge is Intel's current-generation design. The company's tick-tock cadence establishes a new architecture (the tick), and then follows it up with a updated manufacturing technology (the tock). That way, the next tick is implemented on a mature process, paring back some of the risk associated with transitioning to a significantly-updated architecture.
After the tick that was Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge employs a very similar design on a 22 nm process. Intel maintains its Core i3, i5, and i7 nomenclature, updating the model names to reflect a third generation. Fortunately, Ivy Bridge-based chips drop into the same LGA 1155 interface as the Sandy Bridge-based parts.
Though its x86 cores remain largely the same, Ivy Bridge does offer a more advanced graphics engine, along with a memory controller that officially supports 1,600 MT/s data rates. The unlocked parts boast maximum multipliers of 63x (up from Sandy Bridge's 57x), and the entire line-up includes 16 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 connectivity.
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Benchmarked Intel Ivy Bridge-Based CPUs:
|Ivy Bridge||Code Name||Rev.||Socket||Number ofCores||ClockFrequency||L2 Cache||L3 Cache||iGPU||MemoryController||TDP|
|Core i5-3450||Ivy Bridge||E1||1155||4||3.1 GHz||4 x 256 KB||6 MB||HD Graphics 2500650-1100 MHz||integrated up to DDR3-1600||77 W|
|Core i5-3470||Ivy Bridge||E1||1155||4||3.2 GHz||4 x 256 KB||6 MB||HD Graphics 2500650-1100 MHz||integrated up to DDR3-1600||77 W|
|Core i5-3550||Ivy Bridge||E1||1155||4||3.3 GHz||4 x 256 KB||6 MB||HD Graphics 2500650-1100 MHz||integrated up to DDR3-1600||77 W|
|Core i5-3570K||Ivy Bridge||E1||1155||4||3.4 GHz||4 x 256 KB||6 MB||HD Graphics 4000650-1100 MHz||integrated up to DDR3-1600||77 W|
|Core i7-3770K||Ivy Bridge||E1||1155||4||3.5 GHz||4 x 256 KB||8 MB||HD Graphics 4000650-1100 MHz||integrated up to DDR3-1600||77 W|