The event's babes and Leighton Phillips, Intel Asia-Pacific's director for product management pricing.
It took almost two months but Intel's latest Ivy Bridge CPUs have finally been launched here in the Philippines, all set and ready to make laptops and desktop rigs look even better, maybe enough for you to finally open that wallet or bank account of yours.
So, what's the fuss about Ivy Bridge? For starters, Intel claims it boasts significant improvements over Sandy Bridge. Think over 20% better performance compared to its popular predecessor and up to a whopping 80% better than what the older Core 2 Duo chips can give us. In the graphics department, Ivy Bridge is said to be twice better than Sandy Bridge. Speaking of eye-candy, Intel gave us a demo in one area graphics and multimedia junkies are probably familiar with---video rendering, and the chip didn't disappoint, even delivering results you'd normally get from a current discrete GPU. How about games? Well, we became witnesses to an Ivy Bridge system playing Batman: Arkham Asylum seamlessly so, yeah, it looks like it really does have potential.
In case you didn't know, Ivy Bridge makes use of the 22nm process (as opposed to Sandy Bridge's 32nm architecture) making it, according to Intel, a first in terms of mass-produced processors. Thanks to the so-called tri-gate or 3D Transistor fabrication technology, these new CPUs also boast lower power consumption (up to 20%) compared to previous generations. Nice!
Looking good there, no? But it doesn't end there; Ivy Bridge also brings more improvements to the table for you to love, including the ones below.
- DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1, and OpenCL 1.1 compatibility with Intel HD Graphics
- Instant boot/resume and always-on Internet connectivity even while in Sleep mode
- Faster data-transfer speeds using USB 3.0 and PCI Express 3.0
- Device-security including Intel's Anti-Theft feature which lets you disable your device remotely
We're beginning to see third-gen Intel Core devices trickle in locally, headed by next-gen ultrabooks. Desktops will get more Ivy Bridge lovin' soon, too, especially now that the chips are now available for purchase locally. Now our current rigs suddenly seem to have aged even more. Boo-hoo!