There’s soon going to be a new Intel kid on the block, and her name is Sandy Bridge. She’s the next generation of Intel’s flagship Core architecture, she’ll be the star on stage at Intel’s CES 2011 showing.
One of the big things about Sandy Bridge is its integration of a GPU directly in the same die as the CPU. While the graphics prowess of is Intel’s best yet, it’s not enough to elbow out discrete graphics makers like Nvidia. In fact, Nvidia is boasting that it has scored 200 design wins that will pair its GeForce GPUs with next generation Core systems.
Part of that is due to the integrated Intel graphics not being a DirectX 11 part. For full DX11 support, OEMs have to turn to graphics solutions from Nvidia (or AMD).
"With the explosion in digital content and entertainment, it's no wonder that consumers love GeForce notebooks," said Jeff Fisher, vice president of the GeForce business unit at Nvidia. "Our momentum reflects the overwhelming need for a better PC experience."
The designs are expected to span a variety of notebook and desktop systems from leading OEMs including Acer, Alienware, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and more.
We expect CES next month to be packed with Sandy Bridge computers.