Originally Posted by Mad Pistol
Here's the issue that I'm seeing, though.
The point was to bring much more powerful graphics, and they did. It's definitely more powerful than the SB HD 3000 IGP's, but compared to Llano... well, Llano, the last generation APU from AMD still runs all over IB's HD 4000 graphics in literally every test, and Llano is now EOL. Trinity is going to be much more powerful in terms of graphics.
It's like intel is trying really hard to catch AMD at the APU game, and they're falling flat on their face every time. This "tick+" isn't really a tick+. It's more like a tick... with a small hint of graphics on the side. For what intel is billing it to be, IB is a letdown.
Those of you guys with SB setups, keep them. There's no reason to upgrade. None.
a tick+. A tick is purely a die shrink. There's architectural improvements with Ivy Bridge. Unfortunately, the transistors and process aren't meeting anyone's expectations.
If people are depressed right now, imagine how things would be if they hadn't made any architecture changes at all. We'd have a low power version of Sandy Bridge that clocks worse. Or, if Ivy Bridge's overclocking shortcomings are because
they tried to tweak the architecture and use a new process at the same time, we'd have a low power version of Sandy Bridge that clocks the same and has no IPC improvement, which would be still a step back from where we are.
With the architecture improvements, Ivy Bridge is undoubtedly the better buy right now. If you overclock and don't have Sandy Bridge currently, worst case scenario you'll break even with the performance had you gotten a Sandy Bridge instead, except you'll be drawing less power. Technically, you could win the silicon lottery either way and get a great overclock, but for most people that overclock on air, the performance will be pretty similar.
However, as the process matures, the gap between IVB and SNB should lessen. SNB wasn't the first processor line of Intel's that was on 32nm... it was well matured by the time SNB launched, and according to Anandtech, the transition to 22nm has been the hardest yet for Intel. Ivy Bridge will probably look a lot more appealing by the holiday season.
If you don't overclock and are looking to buy something for a discrete graphics rig or a chassis where Trinity isn't going to be available (e.g. Macbooks), Ivy Bridge is a step forward because you're using less power under load. So, good for the laptop world, if you're not interested in or can't grab Trinity.
For anyone that does care about IGPs though, Trinity is undoubtedly (ok, not undoubtedly - AMD technically could flop again, although unlikely) going to be the better buy. Better driver support, far and away better IGP performance, and the CPU should be decently competitive. For those that care about overclocking, it'd likely fair much better than Ivy Bridge. No idea on power consumption, but IVB will likely be hard to beat.