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2011-12-20T10:59:02Z
As 2011 rapidly comes to a close, one of the things we're most looking forward to in the new year is Intel's Ivy Bridge platform, which is currently scheduled for the second quarter of 2012. Faster, cooler running, and all-around better performing hardware is always a winning combination, but missing from that equation is price. Will these chips even be affordable?

It appears that way. CPU-World claims to have spied pricing information for several desktop Ivy Bridge S[censored], the most expensive of which is the Core i7 3770K (four cores, 3.5GHz stock, 3.9GHz Turbo, 8MB L3 cache) priced at $332. This will replace the Core i7 2700K, which carries the same price tag.


Source: CPU-World

Three Ivy Bridge processors will run $184: Core i5 3450 (four cores, 3.1GHz stock, 3.5GHz Turbo, 6MB L3 cache), Core i5 3450S (four cores, 2.8GHz stock, 3.5GHz Turbo, 6MB L3 cache), and Core i5 3470T (two cores, 3.9GHz stock, 3.6GHz Turbo, 3MB L3 cache). These and the rest are detailed above.

At IDF 2011, Intel explained that even though Ivy Bridge is a "tick" in Intel's "Tick-Tock" schedule, there aer many more advanced being made to the design that go beyond a die shrink, likening the release to a "Tick Plus." Lower power consumption, more advanced power management, an updated system agent, and more power and capable DX11 class graphics are all part of the Ivy Bridge architecture.
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omegadraco
2011-12-20T11:09:41Z

Wow, interesting price let's hope it is true. What is a i7-3770K @ 330 dollars going to do to the i7-3930K pricing at almost $600...

I am thinking the 3770K will be come the 2600K of the Ivy Bridge line.

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2011-12-20T11:27:14Z

3770s very worth for the buck

ThunderBird
2011-12-20T12:18:00Z

Will these chips be compatible with Sandy Bridge 1155 as a drop in replacement?

OptimusPrimeTime
2011-12-20T12:26:36Z

"The performance gained from Sandy Bridge over X58 was great, so imagine SB to Ivy. What I think is unworthy is buying a (3470t) Dual Core Desktop processor in 2012 ."

lobo_rijo
2011-12-20T12:36:29Z

This is what I was hoping to see. Like the 2500K, the 3570K seems to be the "value" sweet spot. You get an unlocked multiplier for only 40 bucks more than the lowest-end model. In the other direction, it costs a third less than the 3770K and all you give up is hyperthreading and maybe some overclockability.

OptimusPrimeTime
2011-12-20T12:55:45Z

ThunderBird wrote:

Will these chips be compatible with Sandy Bridge 1155 as a drop in replacement?

http://hothardware.com/News/Asus-Announces-First-Batch-of-Ivy-Bridge-Boards/

"Yes, all chipsets, Z68,P67, H67, and just to clear up a confusion most people have , your board doesn't have to feature PCIE 3.0, but Ivy Bridge is PCIE 3.0 Compliant , so buying one of those GEN 3 boards is a good investment if you haven't done so, other then that, its good to go."

omegadraco
2011-12-20T13:20:55Z

Well I see what is going on now and didn't realize this before. Ivy Bridge will be socket 1155 and released Q1/Q2 2012 and priced lower and Ivy Bridge-E will be socket 2011 and Q4 2012. At least if the rumors hold true and priced higher similar to the Sandy Bridge-E series.

omegadoom13
2011-12-20T13:47:53Z

I'm looking forward to the onslaught of Ivy Bridge reviews and comparison reviews of Ivy vs. Sandy :)

Mike Coyne
2011-12-20T14:44:31Z

I look at new Intel Ivy Bridge CPU. It look good and very low power (less 80 watts in power) I am glad that Int make a right move to buld a energy saving desktop processor like Ivy Bridge. And I am wonder about next CPU like Ivy Bridge Extreme. We will find out later.

AKwyn
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2011-12-20T16:21:02Z

OptimusPrimeTime wrote:

What I think is unworthy is buying a (3470t) Dual Core Desktop processor in 2012 ."

I don't think it's unworthy; seeing as how there are games out there that can benefit from a dual core processor; especially older games. I was one of the few people not to buy Sandy Bridge and stick to his old 42mm Core i7 CPU; mainly because I predicted that Ivy Bridge with it's 22nm die shrink would be both fast and insanely overclockable. I'm going to hold off until I see results but Ivy Bridge does sound impressive.

I can't imagine people dropping their 32mm CPU's for this (32mm CPU's are already hella powerful.) but I can imagine that those who haven't plopped down the money for Sandy Bridge will be really happy indeed.

realneil
2011-12-20T16:37:49Z

If it's just buying a CPU and popping it into the board I have, then maybe I'll buy up into it. But as Taylor says, it's (i7-2600K) damn fast as it is right now.

My i7-870 is still quite fast too. [:)]

dejasoul100
2011-12-20T16:54:02Z

Intel did well to keep the prices just about the same as what SB is going for right now. A 77W overclockable quad-core that's at least as fast as the 2600k is just money.

ThunderBird
2011-12-20T18:03:34Z

That is good to hear but I am in the camp of CPU's are plenty fast enough today. I want a SSD, as that is the biggest bottleneck imo.

DDeveaux
2011-12-20T20:26:23Z

Makes me wonder if I should just wait 3-4 months to build my new desktop or not.  Yes I know something better is always around the corner, but that's not a long time to wait.   As long as Ivy Bridge isn't a disappointment like Sandy Bridge-E, then I'll be happy