Intel Core i7-3770K (Ivy Bridge)
Posted on: 04/20/2012 11:52 AM
Today Intel is unveiling their latest CPU microarchitecture which has been codenamed Ivy Bridge. Intel has been following the tick-tock rule for the past few years, which sees a new architecture and smaller design process released over a 2-year cycle...
Currently we are on a “tock” with the Sandy Bridge architecture and later this month we will move back to a “tick” with Ivy Bridge. The last tick was the Westmere architecture which saw Intel move from the 45nm to the 32nm design process.
This is good news for consumers, as “ticks” do not generally require an entire system overhaul because the microarchitecture is largely the same. This is the case with Ivy Bridge, which will remain an LGA1155 socket solution.
This means Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors will share the same socket and that means those already using a Cougar Point (6-series chipset) motherboard can upgrade to an Ivy Bridge processor without having to junk their existing motherboard. The 6-series motherboard will require a BIOS update to work with the new Ivy Bridge processors, but other than that compatibility is guaranteed.
Unfortunately it will not be until the Haswell architecture makes its debut in the 2Q of 2013 that we will see a significant improvement on the GPU front from Intel. However for now Intel needed something better than what the Sandy Bridge architecture delivered to tide them over. Therefore Ivy Bridge has been upgraded to provide around 20–50% better GPU performance, which is the kind of performance improvement that we would expect from a tock release.
The new Core i7-3770K processor will give us our first look at the Ivy Bridge architecture and show us what it is all about. With that said, let’s jump into some benchmarks...
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