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We've been hearing for years that integrated graphics — meaning your computer doesn't have its own, separate graphics card — won't catch up to the beefier cards, but it'll be good enough some day soon. Hasn't happened yet. But these reported benchmarks of Intel's new Ivy Bridge processors from CPU World look pretty promising.
Intel's new Sandy Bridge-E chip reigns supreme — and we have the charts to prove it. True performance enthusiasts have had a very difficult choice this past year. Go for maximum core and thread count using an older core microarchitecture, or cheap out and get almost the same (or better) performance in most apps and games using the mainstream Sandy Bridge chip.
Who would have thought the future'd start with an ad in the back of Electronic News? But, on November 15, 1971 Intel announced its new 4004 processor — the first commercially available computer processor manufactured on a chip — and helped to usher in the Digital Age.
AMD's "Fusion Accelerated Processing Units" (APUs) combine the CPU and discrete Radeon graphics on the same die. There's three tiers: C-Series (netbooks/tablets), E-Series (12.1- to 14-inchers), and the A-Series for bigger laptops and PCs. We've already seen AMD's C-50 and E-350 chips, and here come the big guns. The dual-core A4 and quad-core A6/A8 APUs roughly target Core i3, i5 and i7 laptops, respectively — so get ready for a Sandy Bridge stoush. In Australia: HP, Sony, Dell, Samsung, Acer, Toshiba and Asus have already signed on.
Goodbye miniDisplay ports, and hello Thunderbolt: Apple's latest iMacs include the faster Thunderbolt connection, but that's not the only new addition from Intel. The computers, which come in 21.5-inch and 27-inch size options, also run on Intel's latest Sandy Bridge Core procession line.
The dwindling iMac stock we talked about earlier in the week does in fact appear to be related to a refresh, as further reports all but indicate a change is coming—and could arrive as early as next week.
According to Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whom AppleInsider says has proven sources in Apple's supply chain, new MacBook Airs will go into mass production in May. This corroborates with a previous report saying a (northern) summer release for new MacBook Airs were likely. That update is expected to bring Sandy Bridge processors and Kuo expects Thunderbolt to pop up too.
Apple updates are often as predictable as the tides, which is why it's no surprise to hear that iMac supplies have started hitting some constraints. Apple usually refreshes its desktop line in the (northern) summer, and reports are gaining traction that new Sandy Bridge, Thunderbolt-toting iMacs are slated for the next few weeks.