Since its release late in 2010, the Intel second generation Core i Sandy Bridge architecture gain success in both the desktop and mobile markets. High performance in its class with a commensurate price and also relatively low power consumption is a factor of the success of this processor. Not only that, the type of Sandy Bridge processors are varied (from Celeron to Core i7) processor make this audience not only among users with a fat wallet but also users with limited funds. Therefore, it is not surprising that almost all computer users want this processor is in their system.
Over a year has passed, it’s time to pull out Intel successors. Equipped with the latest generation architecture named Ivy Bridge, Intel third-generation Core i ever try to repeat the success achieved by the second generation i prosesorCore. Is this processor is able to do so? While waiting for an answer, which may not be answered some time to come, let’s see what the latest technology available in the Intel Ivy Bridge processors and supporting components.
Intel Core i processor third generation features the latest-generation architecture named Ivy Bridge. Ivy Bridge architecture is a refinement of the previous architecture, Sandy Bridge. As seen in the picture above, Ivy Bridge is a “Tick” of the scheme “Tik Tok” which used Intel. In phase “Tik”, Intel’s latest fabrication processes apply where in this case, Ivy Bridge manufactured with 22 nm fabrication process plus the latest technology 3D Tri-Gate transistors.
No different than Sandy Bridge,Ivy Bridge memory controller still supports DDR3 memory type with dual-channel configuration. Even so, in Ivy Bridge memory controller supports memory speeds higher than Sandy Bridge.
Following the lead of Sandy Bridge E processors, Ivy Bridge PCI Express controller is now equipped with the third generation. PCIe 3.0 controller is capable of providing a total bandwidth per lane of 8GT / s (1GB / s), while the number of PCIe lanes that can be provided by the Ivy Bridge is 16 units.
Types and Specifications
Welcoming the launch of Ivy Bridge, Intel has been preparing for the twenty types of Intel Core i processors third generation. For platformdesktop, there are fourteen types and six types of mobile platforms. Below we list the list of lines i third generation IntelCore processor and its specifications.
- Core i7 and Core i5. The second fundamental difference lies in the processor serial number of threads and the size of L3-cache.
- Only processors with a suffix letter K that has a processor that is not locked multiplier. One of the interesting things from the line of Ivy Bridge processors is the price range (MSRP online) Ivy Bridge processors apparently not much different from the current Sandy Bridge processors, with the same specifications. Of course this opens up the possibility that the line of Sandy Bridge processors will experience a price cut. Interesting, is not it?
Intel made some changes in Ivy Bridge overclocking features. Some of these are now enhanced value of the processor multiplier to 63, support memory speeds up to 2667 MHz, support XMP Memory Profile version 1.3, and others. Even so, Ivy Bridge is not unlike Sandy Bridge where overclock by raising the BCLK value remains quite difficult to do. Overclocking with standard cooling can increase the range of 5-7 MHz BCLK only of normal values 100 MHz (105-107 MHz be).
One way to do overclocking in Ivy Bridge is using an Intel Core i processor 3xxx series K because it has not locked multiplier processor.