Some news on Ivy Bridge (officially delayed to Q2 2012, some more details)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thundersteele, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    I just found this article on 9to5mac:

    It seems that Intel has officially "notified it's partners about its decision to introduce of its next-generation code-named Ivy Bridge processors in the second quarter of 2012."

    Some other interesting bits and pieces (some of it might just apply to the desktop CPUs):

    - the CPUs support dual channel 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM
    - there seem to be two versions of the integrated "Intel HD graphics", called 4000 and 2500 respectively. The 4000 seems to be the iGPU for the middle and high end CPUs, while the 2500 is available for the low end i5 and i3 chips.
    - some benchmarks show about 10%-20% more CPU performance compared to a current i7, but a factor of 2-3 performance boost of the Intel HD 4000 compared to the Intel HD 2000. Not sure where the 3000 falls...

    Hope you find it interesting!
  2. that1guyy macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2011
    So are the 2012 MBPs sticking with Sandy Bridge? I wonder now if the Redesign is coming in 2013 or its still 2012. Apple will have to put a lot of work in the 2012 model to separate it from the 2011. What a damn shame. I am NOT going to wait yet ANOTHER year for a redesign.
  3. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    An HD 3000 is about twice an HD 2000. According to Intel the 2500 is not much faster than the 2000 and the 4000 is about 60% faster than the 3000. Old news really. It is better but the HD 3000 is already fast enough for anything but gaming and very demanding load and for that stuff the 4000 is still to slow. I don't get why they don't just stick to power optimizations.
    Read articles on Anandtech or thg for some better prepared information.
  4. MacSamurai macrumors regular


    Jul 5, 2006
    Um... Isn't that whole article related to the desktop CPUs?
  5. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    To the OP, those are desktop processors for iMacs, not mobile for MBPs.

    :yawn: Moving along.
  6. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Huh? The 2012 MBP will definitely have Ivy Bridge CPUs.
  7. thundersteele thread starter macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    yeah sorry, it seems the only interesting news here is the official delay to april, which we already kinda knew. I just should have added it to one of the other 2012 posts.

    This might put the MBP refresh in May/June, which fits nicely into the usual 8-10 month upgrade cycle. However it seems more and more likely that we will see an Air refresh (and a 15'' Air?) before Ivy Bridge.


    According to anandtech, the new GPU will support directX 11 (and openGL maybe?), besides the 60% improvement that is being quoted. This will help since more applications will run from the integrated graphics (chrome & flash!), without having to force it. Still not enough to get rid of the dedicated GPU on the Pros...

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