Overheard: Intel to Launch Ivy Bridge Processors in Early April Next Year
Digitimes has reported that according to Taiwanese PC makers, Intel is set to launch its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors on or around April 8 next year. For the launch, there will be a total of 25 CPUs: 17 of them are desktop models while the remaining eight are designated for notebooks and ultrabooks. The desktop offerings will include the processors tabulated below; however, the details of the other 6 desktop CPUS are currently not available.
With the on-hand information, the following processors should be available at the launch.
- two unlocked (Core i5-3570K and Core i7-3770K)
- three mainstream (Core i5-3450, Core i5-3550 and Corei7-3770)
- three mid-power level processors (Core i5-3450S, Core i5-3550S and Core i7-3770S)
- two low-power models (Core i5-3470T and Core i7-3770T)
The Core i5-3470T should be available in May 2012 for US$184. According to Digitimes' sources, the desktop chipsets on the agenda include Z77 (US$48), H77 (US$43), Z75 (US$40) and B75 (US$37), with Q77 (US$44) and Q75 (US$40) which are supposedly available on May 13.
The mobile processors Core i7-3920QM (CPU World has listed its SKU as Core i7-3920XM), 3820QM and 3720QM will be available for US$1,096, US$568 and US$378 respectively. The other mobile CPUs are:
- Core i5-3320M
- Core i5-3360M
- Core i7-3520M
The ultrabook-specific Core i7-3667U and Core i5-3427U will be unveiled at a later date. Accompanying notebook chipsets HM77 (US$48), UM77 (US$48), HM76 (US$43) and HM75 (US$40) are coming in early April next year. QS77 (US$53) and QM77 (US$48) are expected to be available in the following month of May.
Besides sporting a die shrink, courtesy of the 22nm fabrication process, the Ivy Bridge CPUs are expected to offer about 11 to 18% overall performance boost over comparable Sandy Bridge CPUs on the processing side. With a reworked internal GPU, Intel promises an even more immersive graphical experience with Ivy Bridge. The built-in graphics processor will now support DirectX 11 as well as OpenCL 1.1.