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Friday, 27 May 2011 09:24

Ivy Bridge 22nm on 6 series chipset needs new software

Written by Fuad Abazovic


Only supports consumer chipsets
Ivy Bridge cross platform compatibility is definitely not an easy story to explain. There is certainly more to tell.

We also found out that the Ivy Bridge on Cougar Point (6-series) based platforms will require ME8 firmware. This firmware is clearly more advanced than the British MI-6 but we will leave it at that.

It’s not just the firmware, you will also need a new BIOS that will let Ivy Bridge work in existing boards and the graphics drivers will have to be updated. The reason is simple, as the new CPU brings a new and DirectX 11 compatible graphics core. Ivy Bridge is only supported on consumer 6-series chipsets including H61, H67, P67 and the most recent Z68. Business users with Q65, Q67 and B65 based platforms won’t come with support for Ivy Bridge. You will have to buy new machines to get the benefit, isn’t that smart.

Intel also advizes that ME firmware where the letters stand for Manageability Engine won’t be „field and end-user upgradable“ leaving us to suspect that only the motherboard manufacturers will be able to upgrade the boards to get the necessary firmware for Ivy Bridge support.

This doesn’t not make much sense as we know quite a few people who have flashed all the products they have, but I guess Intel will voice out about the final decision only closer to the launch of Ivy Bridge in march / April of 2012.
Last modified on Friday, 27 May 2011 21:13
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+12 #1 agent_47 2011-05-27 09:31
intel will bring Dx 11 grafix in 2012!

wow! light years behind of competition

@fuad: this is not a positive post on intel. maybe next time u can ask your fudzilla stuff to post things like this
 
 
-26 #2 Drac 2011-05-27 11:29
Quoting agent_47:
intel will bring Dx 11 grafix in 2012!

wow! light years behind of competition



Wow,what are fail from you!
Who use those integrated vga with such powerfull cpu's?Every gamer have proper video card for this
Second - office works dont need DX11,so you failed again.
Who on earth going to use 2600 and integrated video?Same with bullldozzzer (if he even exist)
Nice try from yet another amd fanboy (agent_47 - i LOL'ed at your nick),but as usual it ended in fail.And yet another n00b accusing Fuad for "supporting" Intel and NV.I guess you got frustrated coz your bullldozzzzer wont go in retail until autumn or winter.amd(and they fanboys)=FAIL
Now prepare for amd fanboys onslaught :D
 
 
-6 #3 TechHog 2011-05-27 12:35
Quoting agent_47:
intel will bring Dx 11 grafix in 2012!

wow! light years behind of competition

@fuad: this is not a positive post on intel. maybe next time u can ask your fudzilla stuff to post things like this

To be fair, AMD only just started offering DX11 IGPs/APUs this year. "Light years" is an exaggeration.

Yeah, I fully expect a fanboy attack.
 
 
+12 #4 Dribble 2011-05-27 12:47
What I really care about is if there will be any 1155 6 or 8 core cpu's?

I doubt somehow an ivy bridge 4 core cpu will be a worthwhile upgrade over a sandy bridge one - ok it'll be a little faster but not really worth it.

Now if they bring out a 6+ core cpu compatible with my Z68 then I'm interested ...
 
 
-7 #5 Jurassic1024 2011-05-27 13:12
I'm amazed at how many people pretend that Intel is trying to go head to head with Red Dragon and Graphzilla.
 
 
+9 #6 darkpulse 2011-05-27 13:13
Seriously, i wouldnt even want to think of an upgrade, considering all the hassels i have to go through to just upgrade my system. Man, so much for backward compatibility. :-x
 
 
0 #7 Jurassic1024 2011-05-27 13:13
Quoting Dribble:
What I really care about is if there will be any 1155 6 or 8 core cpu's?



That's what X58 and X79 are for.
 
 
0 #8 dicobalt 2011-05-27 13:58
I am a bit confused as to what this article is talking about. It speaks of firmware and BIOS. Well all the 1155 boards I know except for Gigabyte use EFI not BIOS. It's quite easy to upgrade EFI as I have already done it and it works the same as a BIOS upgrade.

As for the integrated graphics I couldn't care less because I use a real graphics card. I already have USB3 on my motherboard I don't need more CPU support for USB3. I would be glad that the GPU and USB areas of the core would be shutdown because it would generate less heat and possibly allow a higher sustainable overclock.
 
 
+3 #9 madseven 2011-05-27 14:53
Who use those integrated vga with such powerfull cpu's?Every gamer have proper video card for this
Second - office works dont need DX11,so you failed again.

Wow! I guess you just love giving Intel money. No love for backward compatibility? You fail..Also, do you not think people will use Quick Sync? Ivy Bridge will offer 4x the performance of Sandy Bridge in regards to video transcoding (Quick Sync). It's not just about CPU performance you know.
 
 
+8 #10 madseven 2011-05-27 14:56
To be fair, AMD only just started offering DX11 IGPs/APUs this year. "Light years" is an exaggeration.

Yeah, I fully expect a fanboy attack.
In terms of backward compatibility Intel milks you for every penny you have.
In terms of Graphics AMD is LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF INTEL.
 

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