Intel’s Ivy bridge came out this Monday but you will have to wait for Windows 8 to be able to realize its full potential.
Intel’s Ivy Bridge Is Targeted At Windows 8
Intel has released the new Ivy Bridge processors and the first lot is mainly for quad-core desktops and laptops. The more mainstream dual-core chips are coming up later in the year.
These are the new chips that Intel has been talking about all this while and according to them, this is what will make Windows 8 devices truly stand out in terms of performance and battery savings.
These new chips use a new 22nm (nanometer) process of manufacturing versus the current 32nm process that is used for Sandy Bridge processors. The difference, according to Intel, is quite big. As a rule, the smaller the manufacturing process, the greater the power saving without dropping performance rates. In fact, these will also generate less heat and lose energy in that manner. To put things in perspective, Intel mentioned that about six millions 22nm transistors would fit in to the period at the end of this sentence. Now that is small.
But the greatest gain from Ivy Bridge will only become obvious after the launch of Windows 8. One of the greatest gains from the Ivy Bridge architecture is the enhanced graphics of the new systems. High resolution display running Windows 8 will really benefit from this and it will make the Metro UI run smoother all across the board.
Another gain is the longer battery life and the support for thinner form factors. It is only with the combination of Windows 8 and Ivy Bridge that we will start seeing the true Ultrabook that can bridge the gap between a notebook and a tablet. So till then, we will just have to wait it out.