Originally Posted by EfemaN
People kept tossing around "Ivy Bridge" as socket 2011, but I vaguely remember that being incorrect, that IB is the mfc-process size drop and that 2011 was something else. Can someone shed some light?
EDIT: Never mind. If I read the article correctly, then IB is the 22nm process. I'm assuming there's another moniker for socket 2011?
As I understand it:
Sandy Bridge (as it is today): Mainstream, 32nm, LGA 1155, Successor to 1156
Sandy Bridge EX (upcoming): High end/Enterprise, 32nm, LGA 2011, Successor to 1366
Ivy Bridge: Mainstream 22nm LGA1155, Successor to SB (Mainstream)
<EDIT>Not sure about socket compatibility. A lot of people are saying Ivy and SB will be socket compatible, but I don't recall ever seeing anything concrete on it. May just be hopeful speculation, and I'll hop on that bandwagon until I see reason to hop off</EDIT>
Ivy and Sandy Bridge EX seem to be launching awefully close to each other, especially with the new that Ivy launch has been pushed up. I suspect the Ivy's in question will be mainstream components, with low ends coming a quarter later. Sandy Bridge EX will take its place as the new high end slightly before.
So its seems the new theme is Current Gen launching at mainstream, trickling down, then the high end variants launching shortly before the next gen cycle starts, repeating the process. I wonder if intel is intentionally trying to push the high end socket/platform out of the consumer/enthusiast market and solely into enterprise? If this is indeed the formula they intend to follow, I see no other reasoning for such a cadence. We know how enthusiasts feel about this ("I just spent my kids college savings on a new i7 9000XX that is clearly optimized for servers, not gaming, and now the new mainstream launches 10 days later with similar gaming performance?!"), wonder how the enterprise sector feels about intel opting to let the platforms mature at the consumer space before it enters their market. Would have been a silly propisition a year ago, but with the SATA issue, it doesnt sound so silly any more.
They do seem to be in an interesting transition period. So maybe they've found themselves kinda stumbling over themselves, and simply reaping the profit from it while AMD bumbles around with Bulldozer.
Either way, Glad I opted to skip SB. At this point all these new gen parts from either side of the fence are more tantalizing at the low end than at the high end.
... Is the low end the new high end? With all the fuss over smaller/more mobile, it may just be.Edited by TheSprunk - 2/14/11 at 2:59am