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.
If Intel's Ivy Bridge ultimately crumbles, it won't be for lack of vendor support. While the tech world waits for Intel to launch its 3rd generation Core processor family, motherboard makers and system integrators are busy pushing out upgraded platforms that support the upcoming CPUs, everything from big and bad notebooks to little motherboards like Zotac's new Z77-ITX Wi-Fi and H77-ITX Wi-Fi, a pair of Intel 7-series mini ITX boards intended for anyone who wants to pack big performance into a small footprint.
Boutique system builder AVADirect readily admits it's "no secret" that it hasn't been offering Clevo-brand notebooks "for quite some time," and there was good reason for that. AVADirect was preparing for the next generation of notebooks built around Intel's HM77 chipset, which brings support for both 2nd generation (Sandy Bridge) and 3rd generation (Ivy Bridge) Core processors from Intel and native SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.
The floodgates have been opened and motherboards built around Intel's brand spanking new Z77 Express chipset continue to pour into the market place. One of the newest to wash up is the Maximus V Gene, a Republic of Gamers (ROG) board from Asus. Like all Z77 boards, the Maximus V Gene is an LGA 1155 motherboard, but it's also one of the first to flaunt next-gen features in a micro-ATX form factor.
"Finally, now the meat of the systems are starting to come out," Maximum PC reader I Jedi exhaled in the comments of our earlier article about the new Biostar TZ77XE4 Motherboard. If he only knew how right he was: since the Biostar news went live, a bevy of companies have announced new 7-series-supporting mobos of their own, including ASRock, MSI and Gigabyte.
Intel’s biggest marketing campaign in nearly a decade is now underway. “A New Era of Computing,” as the campaign is called, will see Intel spend hundreds of millions of dollars in a bid to lure consumers around the world to ultrabooks. Hit the jump and tell us what you make of the first commercial in this campaign.
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.
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The upcoming Ivy bridge launch will bring with it a new wave of ultrabooks. These Ivy Bridge-powered ultrabooks are expected to boast enhanced power efficiency and graphical capabilities. Among the first Ivy Bridge-based ultrabooks to hit the market will be the Asus Zenbook UX31A and UX21A, it has now emerged. Hit the jump for more.
It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that EVGA would be launching something in the 7 series to serve the influx of new Ivy Bridge upgraders, and Techpowerup got a sneak peak at what they have in mind. They didn’t name the board per say, but from the looks of the photo above, the Z77 FTW would be a safe guess.
The board appears to feature four DDR3 memory slots, five PCI-Express x16 slots, and while it’s not confirmed, it is suspected at least two of these will be PCIe 3.0. Always welcome additions include PCIe disable switches, a debug LED, angled 24-pin ATX power input, and CMOS reset button just in-case you get in over your head while overclocking.