Ivy Bridge Processor
Ivy Bridge brings improvement of the order of 5% in CPU performance over the same clock frequency when compared to Sandy Bridge. This may not look significant, and does not brings any compelling reason to switch from Sandy Bridge, until you discover improvement in two important areas – the power consumption and the Integrated Graphics.
The lower power consumption is made possible purely by the 22 nm Lithography. Intel has executed its plan in time ( a few months here and there). The desktops may not see immediate benefit, but notebooks will save substantially in battery life even when making improvement in the processor speeds. But the biggest gain in the Ivy Bridge comes in the ares of Integrated Graphics, where we see a performance improvement of the order of 50%. It may still not be comparable to the high end graphics – but Intel is proceeding in right direction.
Intel has already made significant improvement in Sandy Bridge from the previous architecture not only by moving GPU in same by, but also by significantly improving the graphics performance. While there is no official information, it looks like Ivy Bridge has twice the number of the shaders as compared to the Sandy Bridge.
Ivy Bridge, for the first time bring support for OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3.1 making it come closer to the AMD’s offering.