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Okay so we have seen the specs and we have seen the scoring and it leaves a bit to talk about in the end game as to what Ivy Bridge actually brings to the table. The biggest thing that has happened is something getting smaller as in the new die shrinkage from 32bn to 22nm and the Onboard HD4000 Graphics with a ton of technical information as to the scientific if that’s and what’s that make up the architecture of the new 3rd generation Core CPUs. In-between all that is how it affects our lives in the minute way that interfacing with our PC has on a daily basis has, and finally our workload and playtime interaction. Don’t expect miracles here, as this race is always just another brick in wall of the step-by-step process each new generation of CPUs brings to the market.
As far as sheer GPU power Ivy Bridge brings about a 12-21% performance increase depending on the application and that is about the same as most desktop performance gains seen in previous launches, and at least this is not just a bump release, but also an actual new and improved product. Improvement in gaming is noticeable if you use a PCIe 3.0 based card, but older cards show no real improvements, as they cannot take advantage of the features that PCIe 3.0 brings to the table. The HD 4000 Graphics engine shows a major improvement over the previous generation HD 3000 and now is the perfect solution for any HTPC or entry level gaming rig and significantly reducing the TCO for that type of system. This is one area that Intel has definitely improved with each new generation of the chipset.
The move to the smaller Die size will also allow Intel to venture into new areas of discovery and a wave of new mobile devices for the PC crowd. The Z77 platform offers users a robust amount of features and with the release of 14 new CPU skews you will have many shiny i5 and i7 processors to choose from so you should be able to find one that will suit your needs. With the release of Ivy Bridge Intel did not reinvent the wheel, but the did make a better tire to grip the road your on. Ivy Bridge breaths just enough new life into the desktop environment to at least keep things interesting through the summer season and show a positive direction for the future of embedded graphics. At the end of the test day I feel this new series of CPUs offers users enough new technology to satisfy most tech buffs needs without a price tag that fuddles the mind. The new Intel 3rd Generation Core i7 3770K is a solid Editors Choice Product here on Mothertboards.org.