The next generation of GPUs is already here, and all signs point to the next generation of CPUs gearing up to join the party sooner rather than later. AMD's Trinity APUs aren't expected to drop until sometime in May, but we're hearing more details about Intel's Ivy Bridge launch. It's basically accepted as fact that the chips are shipping at the end of this month; now, a specific date has surfaced.
Just a few days ago Fudzilla brought up the interesting point that there are no Core i3 flavored 3rd generation Ivy Bridge processors on tap from Intel, or at least none that we know of. They haven't shown up in leaked roadmaps and, for the time being, it appears Intel is sticking with Core i5 and i7 models for its mobile Ivy Bridge lineup. Fortunately for you budget buyers out there, Core i3 will make an appearance on the desktop.
The boutique system builders at AVADirect tell us they've updated their professional server and workstation systems to now include Intel Xeon E5 processor options. Intel's E5 Xeon chips are based on the chip maker's Sandy Bridge-E architecture and come in quad-core, six-core, and eight-core flavors starting with the E5 2603 (four cores, 1.8GHz, 10MB cache, 80W TDP) on up to the E5 2690 (eight cores, 2.9GHz, 20MB cache, 135W TDP).
A recent batch of leaked slides have all but confirmed Ivy Bridge’s release date of April 29th, and as expected, pre-orders are beginning to pop up. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 will be one of the first notebooks out of the gate featuring Intel’s 3rd generation Core Processor, and it’s no slouch either. The standard $999 model being shown on Amazon will feature the 2.3 GHz Intel i7-3610QM Processor, along with a generous 8 GB of RAM.
Feel free to run up and down your block screaming, "Ivy Bridge is coming! Ivy Bridge is coming!" That's not something you would have wanted to do prior to today, because if a fellow pedestrian grabbed you by the arm and demanded to know exactly when Ivy Bridge would roll into town, all you could have offered in return was a bunch of conflicting info. But in this day and age of the Internet, leaked slides are as commonplace as cockroaches in a dirty motel, and we found one that details precisely when Ivy Bridge will launch.
Yeah, yeah, the iPad is here, and a lot of the rumors about it were right. Yadda yadda yadda. Let's start talking about something really exciting: the upcoming launch of Intel's Ivy Bridge. Unfortunately, most (but not all) of the news for that platform has also fallen solidly into the "rumor" category, but now we have some hard stats to see how Ivy stacks up to Sandy. While we were busy playing Mass Effect, Anand Lal Shimpi was busy procuring and benchmarking a Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge proc -- and sharing the results with the world.
If you caught any of the coverage of Apple's iPad launch event yesterday -- and you couldn't have missed it unless you boycotted Facebook, Twitter, Google+, tech sites, and the Internet in general -- then you would have seen the Cupertino company puff out its chest as it talked about the new iPad's A5X processor, a mighty chip with supposedly four times the graphics performance of Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor. There's only one problem with that: Apple's scrumptious claim was served up without a side of benchmarks.
Sub-$100 computer processors are the kind of gravy we like to scoop up and spread on a low-cost PC, secondary system, NAS box, home theater PC, or any other application that doesn't requires a beefy CPU to get the job done. If you feel the same way, you'll be happy to know that at least one of Intel's desktop Ivy Bridge processors can be yours for less than a Benjamin.
A programmer on the DragonFly BSD project is flying high as a kite this week after AMD admitted that a bug he discovered is an actual erratum the Sunnyvale chip maker was previously unaware existed in some processor families. Matthew Dillon, who had been tracking the bug for well over a year, finally came up with a test case in which AMD could replicate the error and confirm there's really a bug.
First unveiled a couple of weeks ago, Intel has officially added a new processor to its Atom line without a formal introduction. It's the Atom D2550, essentially a supercharged D2500 with a faster graphics core and Hyperthreading support, or you can view it as a slower-clocked D2700, which also features a faster graphics core than the D2500 and supports Hyperthreading. Let's break all three down.