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Am I only one who thinks Ivy Bridge won't be THAT exciting?

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Alright, so alot of posters are excited about IB, which is understandable since it will be 22nm and that is great to see. But, if we look at the previous tick-tock model for Nehalem/Westemere:

New architecture Nahalem released in late 2008 on the same 45nm as the previous architecture but the new chips cream the old ones. Enthusiast chip Core i7 920 becomes a legend among mere mortals. High rollers sport the extreme enthusiast chip Core i7 975 released a few months later. It's powerful but nothing to drop your jaw to the floor to.

Die shrink of Nehalem (Westmere) to 32nm comes around in early 2010. The extreme enthusiast chip Core i7 980X wipes the floor for the high rollers who can afford them. More mainstream Core i5/i3 rolls out. There is an abscence of the high Creaming/Cost ratio that was the Core i7 920 (which has been continually binned at higher clocks as the 930/950/etc.)

New architecture Sandy Bridge released this year in early 2011. Not as big of a jump as Nehalem was but still pretty good. Core i7 2600K seems to be the spiritual "Core i7 920" equivalent. But the new Core i5 2500K stacks up very well even though without HT, so seems this is the new value-equivalent that was the Core i7 920.

22nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge (Ivy Bridge) rumored to release either late 2011 or early 2012. So if we look at the last tick-tock cycle, we can expect an extreme enthusiast chip for the high rollers to succeed the 980X/990X, likely 8-cores (maybe dubbed the i7 2900X ?) and a MSRP of near $1k like the previous extreme editions and also a bump up in the amount of cores. And like the last cycle, more lower-end mainstream Core i5s and Core i7s roll out but nothing new except probably maybe higher clocked chips and continued binning of the 2500K/2600K chips on the bigger die like the last cycle.

So basically Ivy Bridge will bring the extreme edition successor to the 980X/990X and more main-stream chips but for those of us who are in the higher-mid end segment (ie those of us who bought the i7 920/2500K/2600K) won't have anything new in the 22nm to look forward to until the next big jump in architecture when Haswell comes around.

To clarify, the new 8-core will surely be very awesome but I'm referring to those of us who are not high rollers. What can we really expect from the Ivy Bridge chips if the last tick-tock cycle is anything to go by?

Thoughts?
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According to latest intel roadmap from Dec 2010, there will be 4-8 core Sandy Bridge E cpus coming out on the enthusiast board lga2011 later this year.

Then IVY bridge starts in 2012, just die shrink, first for 1155 platform, then second half 2012 for the lga2011 platform. Though others have said IB will be coming late 2011 for enthusiast, but not what intel roadmap says....just have to wait and see.

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My i7-950 does me just fine. I'll wait until the new enthusiast chips start hitting low prices like the $200 I got my i7-950 for. Then I'll step up. But I will surely be skipping the current Sandy Bridge processors.
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While I'm sure Ivy Bridge will deliver some great performance, I think Haswell is the chip to wait for.
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