Intel, one of the world’s largest semiconductor chip makers, officially made public the details of its brand new line of CPUs for laptops and desktops in the 2011 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. These new CPU chips have been given the code name Sandy Bridge and will continue carrying the Core i3/i5/i7 naming as the generation of Intel processors in 2010 also did. The Sandy Bridge platform’s basics are said to have already been known for a few months already. In fact, there are a number of PCs already equipped with the new chips that have been leaked early into the market.
According to Intel, these second-generation Core processors which are built around a 32nm microarchitecture perform with more efficiency in energy use, as well as better performance in graphics and 3D. Moreover, the Turbo Boost 2.0, which is Intel latest version of its Turbo Boost technology, allows every core boost performance go over its base clock speed as needed for dynamic workloads, while also providing a balance to the thermal headroom to prevent overheating. Intel further states that content creation of these CPUs will be faster by 42% and gaming will be quicker by 50% compared to the previous generations of CPUs.
A new feature included in these CPUs that people are interested in is the overhauled Intel HD graphics system. The integrated graphics found in most computers cannot handle even basic games on 3D at reasonable performance levels, which is why you had to procure a separate video card. The new CPUs introduced by Intel guarantee that there won’t be any additional fixtures needed.
Intel’s updated Wireless Display technology was also unveiled along with the new CPUs. This technology will now allow you to transfer video output from a laptop to a Netgear receiver box, which is connected to a TV or other display through HDMI. This new release of the Wireless Display is free of some things there were limiting the previous releases, such as signal delays and the lack of capability to play protected content.