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s a “tick”, Ivy Bridge shifts to a new process technology (22nm tri-gate transistors) but otherwise largely builds off of Sandy Bridge. There will presumably still be dual- and quad-core CPUs that can run in the same socket (Intel is only detailing their quad-core IVB parts right now, though dual-core parts are coming), and what’s more Ivy Bridge can work as a drop-in replacement for Sandy Bridge (at least on the desktop), provided you have an updated BIOS. But then, Intel also decided to make things interesting by doing a “tock” on the GPU side of the equation; Ivy Bridge’s HD 4000 IGP brings Intel into the DX11 playfield, promising a fairly sizeable improvement in IGP performance along with compatibility with DX11 games and applications. The result is that Ivy Bridge is a “tick+”.
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this is disappointing, i thought we would see a large increase in mobile IB
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Originally Posted by iLLmAtiCiAn View Post

this is disappointing, i thought we would see a large increase in mobile IB

Remember, Westmere wasn't that impressive compared to Nehalem. This is just the "Tick" phase of the architecture. Haswell will be the improvement we're waiting for; the "Tock" phase. Plus the improvements made are better for the iGPU within the CPU, not necessarily the CPU itself. thumb.gif

Should make things interesting.


Intel's "Tick-Tock" strategy is sound and simple. For those of you who don't understand it that well, it goes thus. The "Tick" is a fabrication shrink of the previous micro-architecture. The "Tock" is a new architecture based on the fabrication shrink with minor improvements. Examples:


Tick: Presler, Cedar Mill, Yonah - Die Shrink to 65nm

Tock: Conroe (Core 2) - New architecture based on the 65nm Fabrication
~~~
Tick: Penryn (Core 2) - Die Shrink to 45nm

Tock: Nehalem (1st Gen Core i) - New architecture based on the 45nm Fabrication
~~~
Tick: Westmere (1st Gen Core i) - Die Shrink to 32nm

Tock: Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen Core i) - New architecture based on the 32nm Fabrication
~~~
Tick: Ivy Bridge (2nd Gen Core i) - Die Shrink to 22nm

Tock: Haswell (3rd Gen Core i) - New architecture based on the 22nm Fabrication
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Tick: Broadwell (3rd Gen Core i) - Die Shrink to 14nm


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For some reason intel graphics HD4000 is faster than AMD HD6620G iGPU in most of the gaming charts

Seems that intel GPU is more competitive with AMD APU in the notebooks than desktops.
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I'm very disappointed in Ivy Bridge mobile...but the HD4000 sure improved signficantly.
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