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Friday, 24 June 2011 10:02

Corporate market to get Ivy Bridge in March 2012

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Maybe April
The premium and mainstream parts to replace Core i7 2600, Core i5 2500 and Core i5 2400 based on Ivy Bridge are scheduled to come in March to April 2012. This is the current plan for a new processor transition for desktop business market, the one that many call corporate market.

Corporate customers were traditionally getting the new technology at least one to two quarters later than the consumer part of the market, and the chipset fiasco didn't affect corporate clients, as the 6 series chipset or Sandy Bridge didn't launch simultaneously for consumer and corporate market.

This time around, Intel wants to take a bit of a risk, and launch for both. The transactional corporate market currently ruled by Core i3 2120, Core i3 2100 and soon to launch Core i3 2130 will be its upgrade in Q2, most likely after the official launch of Ivy Bridge processors.

So, in simple terms, quad core Ivy Bridge comes first and dual core Core i3 based will come shortly after and corporate market should be happy to get it simultaneously with regular consumers.

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+13 #1 loadwick 2011-06-24 10:36
I am still so disappoint that Ivy Bridge mainstream is only going to be quad-core.

Back when it was first announced it was going to release Q3 2011 and be 8-core, how things slip!
-3 #2 yasin 2011-06-24 11:09
Quoting loadwick:
I am still so disappoint that Ivy Bridge mainstream is only going to be quad-core.

Back when it was first announced it was going to release Q3 2011 and be 8-core, how things slip!

8 Core will be a Sandy Bridge E, still on 32nm and on the new LGA 2011 chipset.
Ivy is mainstream, so why would it have 8 core?
+4 #3 loadwick 2011-06-24 12:16
@ Yasin

It's called progress. I hoped for 8-core for the same reason dual-core was once high-end but then became mid-range and quad-core was uber high-end and not is the norm.

We have had quad-core as our main-stream chips for more than long enough and if Sandy Bridge's time table made sense they would have released SB-E first or at least simultaneously with SB mid-range and buy the time IB came along you could believe it might be 6 or 8-core at the upper mid-range.

After all we are talking about 22nm so the chip would probably small anyway so why not a 8-core mid-range and 12/16 core high end?
+3 #4 yasin 2011-06-24 19:03
TBH, I would have liked 8-core as well, but the way Intel like working is that if they bring in something new, i.e. 8 cores in this case, you pay through the nose for it.
Hence 8-core only comes on the Extreme Series Sandy Bridge and on the enthusiast LGA 2011.
After all X58 has 6c/12t already.
I would assume that the stage after Ivy Bridge, they will release mainstream 6cores or 8cores.
IMO that's one of the advantages of AMD, you don't have to pay exquisite prices for thing such as 8 cores, which come in very handy for rendering and 3D work.
+1 #5 loadwick 2011-06-26 17:50
Yes i agree Jasin but what i was saying was that 2 years ago when Ivy Bridge was first talked about we didn't know how many cores Sandy Bridge was going to be so 8 core Ivy Bridge sounded very real and doable.

EG if Intel had done upper mid-range S.B with 6 cores and high end had 8 core and tje high end (SB-E) came out at the same time as mid-range SB. Then when IB was ready to come out 8 core could be upper mid-range level or easiler lower high-end and maybe the uber high end could be 12 or 16 core.

Things got fukked up when Intel started to p1ss about with release dates high-end coming AFTER mid-range, this should never happen, it should be at the very least simultaneous or a few months before.
+3 #6 loadwick 2011-06-26 18:11
If you pay high-end prices i think at the very least you should be the latest and new technologies, SB-E is old now. 32 nm is old, SB core is old, more RAM channels won't make any difference and more cache can only help a little.

I guess the reason SB-E was so late is that AMD had nothing to fight X58 with, let alone mid-range Sandy Bridge so why rush the high-end?

The only problem that will leave for Intel and its customers is that 22nm Ivy Bridge is a few months after SB-E which should be faster 'clock for clock' and also probably overclock much better too thanks to 22nm and 3D transistors. So most everyday applications will be much faster on a much cheaper mid-range IB than High-end SB-E. (as most apps don't need more than 4 cores and IB ill clock better).
0 #7 godrilla 2011-06-28 00:52
FYI : The 1st mainstream quadcore Q6600 is about 4 years old now. By next year it will be five years.

The 1st sixcore mainstream chips were out last year by AMD phenom x6 1055 for $150.

Based on bulldozer the 1st octocore mainstream chips will be out next year or end of this year.

The problem is intel does not have a mainstream sixcore chip yet maybe next year, so a mainstream eightcore chips is still too soon by intel.

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