Intel Ivy Bridge – Specification , Details and Review

Written on:April 9, 2012
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Ivy Bridge is the codename for Intel’s 22 nm die shrink of the Sandy Bridge micro architecture based on tri-gate (“3D”) transistors.The Ivy Bridge processors are the next generation of Desktop and Laptop processors.Intel has always been the pioneer of modern computing.There are some serious advantages of this new processors over their predecessors.

The main advantages are  –

  • Higher processing power in lowest amount of size
  • Low power consumption
  • Higher performance per watt ratio
  • Switching to a smaller die size allows processor manufacturers to create chips that draw less energy.

The new transistors are smaller, faster, and more power-efficient, and will be key to the performance gains that Intel claims we’ll see with Ivy Bridge.The New design would benefit both the consumer types that match the criteria of Intel.Like there are consumers who requires power efficient PCs which will consume less amount of power for doing a certain amount of Job.




The other kind of consumers are those who require more amount of Processing done at a given amount of power.This new technology will help to satisfy both of the consumers as the performance per watt ratio is very high in these processors.That means you’ll see laptops that provide better battery life without sacrificing speed, as well as faster desktops that are easier on your utility budget.

Other notable enhancements include an upgraded graphics core built into the CPU, allowing DirectX 11 support with Intel’s integrated graphics.Now you would be able to play games,watch HD videos and movies and do other graphic intensive tasks even if you don’t have any dedicated graphics card.Ivy Bridge CPUs will also bring native support for USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt, Higher Bandwidth,Higher clock speed and low power consumption is all the new Ivy Bridge is offering to us.

Performance –

Compared to Sandy Bridge(according to sources):

  • 5% to 15% increase in CPU performance
  • 20% to 50% increase in integrated GPU performance

Die specification comparison –

Ivy Bridge
Socket Die Code Name Cores Cache GPU EUs Transistor count Die size
LGA 1155 Ivy Bridge-M-2 2 3MB 8
Ivy Bridge-H-2 2 4MB 16
Ivy Bridge-HE-4 4 8MB 16 1.4 billion 160 mm2
Ivy Bridge-HM-4 4 6MB 8


Sandy Bridge (previous microarchitecture)
Socket Die Code Name Cores Cache GPU EUs Transistor count Die size
LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge-M-2 2 3MB 6 504 million 131 mm2
Sandy Bridge-H-2 2 4MB 12 624 million 149 mm2
Sandy Bridge-HE-4 4 8MB 12 995 million 216 mm2
LGA 2011 Sandy Bridge-EP-4 4 10MB N/A 1.27 billion 294 mm2
Sandy Bridge-EP-8 6/8 20MB N/A 2.27 billion 435 mm2


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