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Intel reveals its Ivy Bridge chip specifications

Tries to brief sales, ends up pre-briefing hacks
Fri Mar 02 2012, 12:59

CHIPMAKER Intel has inadvertently leaked details of its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors in a sales flipbook uploaded to its website.

Intel's much delayed Ivy Bridge processors are expected to tip up in the second quarter sporting the firm's tri-gate transistor technology. Details of the chips had been relatively scant, until that is the firm decided to upload a sales flipbook, which details what appear to be most of its third generation Core i5 processors.

According to Intel's slides there are only modest frequency bumps, with the quad-core Core i5-2570 and Core i5-2570K topping the range with speeds of 3.4GHz and 3.8GHz in Turbo mode. The addition of the 'K' suffix signifies Intel HD 4000 graphics, while the Core i5-3570 plods along with Intel HD 2500 graphics.

Like Chipzilla's Sandy Bridge Core i5 chips, the Ivy Bridge Core i5 range will be all quad-core chips with 6MB of cache that lack Hyperthreading, with one exception, the Core i5-3470T, which is a dual-core Hyperthreaded processor with 3MB of cache. Previously the 'T' suffix was added to signify a 35W TDP chip, though this was not confirmed on the leaked slide.

Intel's Ivy Bridge line might be late, however AMD's Bulldozer chips have yet to really push Intel's Sandy Bridge range. AMD on the other hand will promote its superior GPU technology in Trinity Fusion processors to try to counter Intel's raw CPU power, though it might have to wait until October to show its hand. µ


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