There’s been a lot of talk about codename, “Ivy Bridge”. But forget codenames, the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ Processor is official and here. For those that haven’t been paying attention, it’s all about faster overall CPU performance and better processor graphics on Intel motherboards– that’s the high-level breakdown of what it means.
The “how” is the interesting part. Well, interesting to nerds like me, at least. All this improvement is happening because Intel now shrinks down its manufacturing process to 22 nanometers. You see, Intel operates on what’s known as a “tick-tock” cycle. At the “tick” in the cycle, Intel introduces a new fabrication process. Last time, it was “Clarkdale” processors reducing Nehalem processors to 32 nanometers back in 2010. Well, it’s time for the next “tick.”
Why is going smaller, better? Well, let me put it this way: Better power efficiency and then some. The 22nm design helps...
Reduce average power by up to 20%
Reduce die size
Raise the transistor count from 1.1B to 1.4B transistors and as a result just about double performance on visually-intensive activities.
In plain English: For desktops that means you’ll find faster CPUs that can do more and cost less. For laptops, you’re looking at better battery life without having to give up performance to get it.
Something that really matters to me though, is the upgraded graphics on-board the motherboard. We’re talking DirectX 11 support with Intel integrated graphics. That is a big deal. It means that while discrete GPUs will remain king, you’ll be able to find svelte systems (even small laptops) that could potentially keep better pace. Translation: GAMES ON SMALL PCs! OK, personal biases aside, that extra horsepower will mean more machines can edit video – or stream 1080p content (and did I mention, “play games?”) with ease. An old buddy of mine over at Intel was also quick to point out that Quick Sync Video 2.0 is especially handy. It allows mainstream users to work with video much more easily. (Way faster video encoding / decoding. If you want to learn more about it, check it out here.)
So, after this quick description, you’re probably wondering: “Where will I find the new Ivy Bridge architecture?” Fair question. For starters, here are the Desktops that you’ll find 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor first appearing in the….
HP Omni 220qd (starting at $999)
HP Omni27 qd (starting at $1,199)
HP TouchSmart 520xt (starting at $999)
HP Pavilion HPE h8t (starting at $699)
HP Pavilion HPE Phoenix (starting at $1,149)
All these PCs will be available come June 24th -- except for the Phoenix, which gets first dibs. 3rd Gen Core processors will be available April 29th in the HPE Phoenix.
All right, so you might notice the lack of laptops mentioned in this post. Well, unfortunately we can’t share that information with you quite yet, but it kinda goes without saying that we have a couple cool little creations on the way. Soon.
In the meantime, feel free to ping me with questions about 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors finding its way into HP gear that I am allowed answer. As always, I’m here for you!
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