Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chips promise improved graphics performance

Intel has accidently leaked details of its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors sporting the firm's tri-gate transistor technology. Though, the information about upcoming line-up is still inadequate but Inquirer has thrown some light on what appears to be most of its third generation Core i5 processors. The leaked specs of i5 and i7 desktop processors substantiate the Intel’s emphasis on lower power utilization and improved graphics desktops.

Ivy Bridge chip
Ivy Bridge chip

Why we are discussing

CPU World found a PDF branded as "New 3rd Generation Intel Core Processors" with some modest frequency bumps. This slideshow contains a catalogue of all Intel desktop and laptop processors to be released in first quarter of 2012. This includes Core i5-3xxx and i7-3xxx chips but new i3 models were missing as they've been in previous leaks. The other specs confirm the details posted before by Intel partners along with two new ultra-low voltage i5 and i7 processors.

What’s refreshing

In between, miasma of model numbers, HD 4000 which is Intel's next-generation graphics processing unit is major improvement over the previous GPU’s. According to CPU World the other Ivy Bridge feature includes a dual-channel memory controller that works with DDR3 memory with 1333MHz and 1600MHz data rates. The new 3rd generation Intel Core Processors include two ultra-low voltage processors considered are the Core i7-3517U and Core i5-3317U.

Why this is important

Ivy Bridge will have a number of enhancements and will also support Sandy Bridge micro-architecture. With these significant improvements it will increase the performance by around 20 percent contrasted to Sandy Bridge chips. Furthermore, these chips will feature a new graphics core with DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1 support and 30 percent higher performance compared to the ancestor. On top of that, the processor will use a22nm process technology and a number of power management innovations.

The future ramifications

What's quite unique in all these models is that all model number are ending with digit 17, what appears to be OEM processors for consumer level Ultrabooks that do not support Intel TXT and vPro technology. As we know that eight standard chips have an approximately 15 percent lower TDP than their existing Sandy Bridge counterparts which require less power to dispel heat. Also, Intel has increased its list of low-power chips from six to ten which fits into Intel's scheme of things to improve long-term efficiency. As we know that myriad of new Ultrabook processors are coming, but we won't be seeing them in market before June or possibly even a little later this year.

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