Originally Posted by chmodlabs
I hope they release i5-2550k variants of i5 and i7 ivy bridge chips to cut down on heat and die space taken up by the IGPU.
You may be interested to know that Intel created a separate Ivy Bridge quad core die with the smaller HD2500 IGP and only 6MB of L3 cache. It's similar to how there were two versions of the dual core die for Sandy Bridge. One was 149 mm2 with 4MB Cache and HD3000, and the other was 131 mm2 with 3MB Cache and HD2000. The full HD 4000 8MB L3 quad core Ivy die is 160 mm2, so I wouldn't be surprised if the other quad core die will be under 130 mm2. Unfortunately that die doesn't seem to being used for any of the unlocked Ivy CPUs, as those have HD4000 graphics.
Originally Posted by Bubba Hotepp
I'm not 100% sure but I believe that they would not only have to set up a new design (with 6, 8 etc. cores) but also use some of the existing production capacity to make them which then slows down production of the standard runs. And they're having enough problems with production already. I'd love to hear the percentage of fails but from all the signs it's sounding pretty high. You know it's bad when you lower the clock speeds below your last gen. because you're having problems producing viable chips.
Are Ivy's Clock's lower? I thought the mobile parts are clocked significantly higher. As for desktops and servers, the 3770K at least matches the 2700K, the 3570K has 100MHz on the 2500K, and the Xeon E3-1290 V2 is 3.7Ghz vs 3.6GHz for the E3-1290. I'm not defending the pathetic clock speed gains, but they don't seem to be lower than Sandy.