Intel has announced the details of its next generation CPU at CES, the Sandy Bridge Core processor. Basically, it's the next generation Core series of CPUs that will soon power a large amount of desktops and laptops. Some of the features include better energy performance, providing better battery life, and improved 3D graphics. One of the perhaps most impressive change is how much better the integrated graphics will be. Previously, a system that does not have a dedicated graphics card, but instead relies on Intel's integrated graphics, could simply not play any recent 3D game. According to some early reports, that may no longer be the case. Intel also claims "content creation is up to 42 percent faster and gaming up to 50 percent faster." Like previous chips, the new Sandy Bridge will be available as i3, i5 and i7. A big thank you to Sears from bringing out the Blue Blogger Crew to CES.
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The success and just awe inspiring performance of the Core 2 Duo has really pushed Intel back up on the throne in the desktop processor market. Well, this success appears to have driven them to push ahead of schedule on their multi-core technology with the new Core 2 Quadro which will add 2 additional cores to the Duo, giving it 4 total processing cores (hence the “Quad” in Quadro). The new processor line, dubbed as Kentsfield, was originally scheduled to release in Q1 of next year, but instead will premier within the next 3 months as the newest Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor. Essentially, the processor is two Core 2 Duo E6700 processors running at 2.66GHz packaged onto a single CPU. The Kentsfield line will be socket 775 compatible and will run on all “975X” chipset based motherboards, but support only a select few “965” series based boards.
The official release date of the Kentsfield line is unknown, but has been moved on the road-map to Q4 of ‘06, so we may see this quad-core extreme edition processor by Thanksgiving, leaving just enough time to get it on your Christmas list to Santa along with that 103” Toshiba Plasma.
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