Holding out for Intel Ivy Bridge? Three reasons to be patient!

Intel Ivy Bridge in 2012 please!

If you’ve been keeping up with the super-fast moving tech news and development out there, you’ll know that Intel recently announced a revolutionary new “3D” way of creating transistors for their processors. First off, the term “3D” Intel has chosen to use has ignited an uproar among some users and regular Joes who seem to misunderstand and misinterpret this as a move from Intel to force ‘3D viewing’ on everyone. Cool down everybody, that’s not what Intel has in mind! What the 3D refers to has nothing to do with objects flying out of your display at you while you’re wearing those wacky, overpriced special glasses! 3D here refers to how the Intel chips under the hood of your computer will be made. This ‘stacking’ will enable Intel to continue Moore’s law; further increasing performance and efficiency.

And here are three reasons to continue to be patient if you’ve already begun holding your breath and staying in to your seat for Ivy Bridge:

  • 3D Ivy Bridge for everyone! Intel has mentioned that the new fabrication process will not be exclusive to the upper-end ‘Enthusiast’ or ‘Extreme’ series processors, but will be made mainstream into all of their future products. This is arguably the biggest reason of the three listed, because you won’t have to stand in line and scowl in envy as high-end machine buyers, the uber rich and gamers get their 3D processors first before they trickle the technology down to mainstream (car manufacturers and camera makers take note!)
  • More power for more hours. As a person who uses a 12 inch ultra-portable laptop to do some serious heavy-lifting (Photoshop, video processing and such), Intel’s new processors excite me a lot. They’re saying performance can be up to 37% higher while power consumption gets cut down to 50% compared to Sandy Bridge products. Having seen the huge leaps from 2nd generation Core-series processors versus their 1st generation counterparts, I can’t wait to see what 3rd generation Core i-series will look like. In theory, a laptop running a Sandy Bridge 2.7 GHz dual core processor with 8 hours of battery life could be outfitted with a 3.6 GHz dual core Ivy Bridge processor and still have 16 hours of battery life! Alternatively, manufacturers can outfit notebooks with smaller batteries and slap in a dedicated graphics card with switchable graphics with the space gain, endless possibilities when one dreams, right?
    Desktop users won’t be left out as the power efficiency improvements would mean a pleasant surprise (in a non-sarcastic manner) for you guys when you receive your next electricity bill!
  • Better Intel integrated graphics. Well, this will probably benefit mobile users (and people who cheap-out on getting a dedicated graphics card for their desktop) the most because of what I’ve seen in the first two generations of Intel’s Core i-series processors: The first-gen Core i7-620M could play Left4Dead 2 at native resolution (1280 x 800) on a laptop at low settings and borderline acceptable frame rates (20 to 30 FPS range), the second generation Core i7-2620M can do the same with a mix of medium graphics settings thrown into the mix. The 3rd generation (Ivy Bridge) of processors with their integrated graphics is expected to bring a 30% increase versus the 2nd generation chips we have now, along with DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1 support, so imagine that! With Intel Ivy Bridge IGP supporting DX11, we might just see more PC games that take advantage of DirectX 11 too!
  • Bonus point: 16:10 ratio displays might make a comeback (Viva la 1920 x 1200!!) or we might see a support for high resolutions beyond ‘full HD’, such as 2K resolution (2048 x 1080)! Sony showing off a concept glasses-free 3D television with 2K resolution four months ago at CES might be a tiny hint of ‘the next big thing’ after Full HD!

So if Intel announces Ivy Bridge processors in January at CES 2012 (like they announced Sandy Bridge at CES 2011), I think we can expect the first cycle of computers and laptops sporting their 3rd generation Core i-series processors to become available by February or March 2012, and swamp the market by June or July 2012. One can barely wait because exciting times lie ahead (nothing to do with Harry Potter!), folks! Hopefully Intel plays their part and 3D Ivy Bridge processors will be as good as they say.

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  1. Andrew May 8, 2011 Reply

    For your second point, I think its either same performance and longer battery life or more performance but same battery life, but not both.

    Also for your last point, just asking, what does the graphics chip have to do with the display ratio? It would be great if manufacturers went back to 16:10 because prosumers want it, rather than display manufacturers dictating the trend!

  2. DanaG May 10, 2011 Reply

    Any idea if Ivy Bridge will support 120Hz desktop? I don’t expect stereoscopic 3D games support on Intel, but it’d be nice not to drop to 60Hz when running from the Intel card.

  3. Bill H May 20, 2011 Reply

    I have been waiting patiently for quite sometime for this new chipset, in IB, seeing as my old DuoCore Gateway has served its purpose since 2006. I can’t wait!

  4. DanaG May 24, 2011 Reply

    Now if only Intel would make working KVM (hardware VNC server) a requirement for vPro branding…

  5. Pete June 22, 2011 Reply

    Also worth noting is that by then AMD and Nvidia GPU’s will have moved from a 40nm process to 28nm. So those laptops using dedicated graphics will get a good efficiency increase from that as well.

    I am now hoping for a HP Envy or similar high quality laptop that is much thinner and lighter than the current generation. I would like to see models sacrifice optical drives to help do this even in the large screen versions.

  6. D Gan May 12, 2012 Reply

    if the 3rd generation could save on power, increase on performance, yet save on cost would be the best and ideal. Any idea if this would be quad or eight core, since this is 3D.

  7. Adam August 15, 2012 Reply

    BwHAHAHA!

    Clearly now that Ivybridge is out everyone has seen that yet again Intel has lied about increased power efficiency in Ivybridge. No one is seeing any power consumption differnces in Ivybridge vs. Sandybridge and Intel CONTINUES to talk about IDLE power consumption numbers vs. actual power consumption when using the device!

    Intel: I don’t give a flying @#$@% about how long the battery lasts in sleep mode -I’ll plug it in when I’m not using it; I care about how long it lasts when I actually use it!

    The “13 Watt TDP” option that was supposedly available for the SUPER expensive Ultrabook parts, also didn’t make it into the hands of consumers – this is to say that a consumer can’t go in and able “long battery life, low heat-output mode”. Again marketing fluff backed up by NOTHING.

    Intel needs to do 2 things:
    1. Increase Mobility (way at the top of this list is total system power efficiency while in use -not just the CPU and not just while idle)
    2. Decrease prices

    As a bonus item:
    Let consumers decide where the trade-off should be between performance and battery life -don’t make it for them! -Personally in this app centric world I coudln’t give a flying @#$#@ if the next gen Intel CPU is significantly slower than the current gen as long as I see a significant increase in power efficiency during actual usage and it costs less (this 60% markup needs to end).

    If it has enough perf to run my apps and not be sluggish and allows newer thinner and lighter form factors and allows me to run off battery longer, I’m happy. -It also shouldn’t cost 3x what a competing ARM design costs…

    Intel is the #1 driver towards a post-PC world; Microsoft was right to start supporting ARM; Intel seems to be intentionally trying to slow progress (and the erosion of their 60% profit which must come with it).

    Adam

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