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New Intel Processors – what you need to know

New intel processorsWhat are the benefits of the new processors for business users?

Business users must be able to check emails, manage appointments, create documents, use spreadsheets, process data, crunch numbers, access the internet and often quickly switch between each of these tasks. A fast CPU is essential for multi-tasking when a variety of applications must be opened at once. The 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor family offers overall performance about 20% better than the last generation (Sandy Bridge).  Whilst this on its own is great news for business users, where the new Intel processors really pack a punch is with the graphics.

Intel promises that you’ll be able to play current high-end PC games without needing a separate Nvidia or AMD GPU but what do the improved graphics mean for business users?

Intel’s new HD 4000 replaces the current HD 3000, and whilst this will definitely be fantastic for gaming, especially in 3D, Intel recognise that most hard core gamers will still use discrete graphics, so why the continued focus? The truth is that everything is becoming more graphics intensive, including day to day business tasks. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome are all making moves to  improve performance of the graphics elements of HTML and we can’t forget the importance of Windows 8, which could potentially be fairly graphics intensive, for the 64-bit edition at least.

New Ivy Bridge processorsWhat else is new with Ivy Bridge?

    • USB 3.0: Built into Ivy Bridge silicon–the first time Intel is doing this, so USB 3.0 should become universal. Market researcher In-Stat has forecast that 400 million USB 3.0-enabled devices will ship in 2012.
    • OpenCL 1.1 and DirectX 11: Intel will support OpenCL for the first time in the chip’s graphics component and DirectX 11 will also be supported for the first time.
    • Power consumption is another area of improvement, so you should see much lower rates during average use.


What are the options for upgrading?

 The Ivy Bridge line-up consists of a range of different processors for PCs and laptops. Initially there’s only Core i5 and Core i7 variations, the cheaper lower-end Core i3 processors will be released later this year.  The processor is compatible with the existing LGA1155 socket used by Sandy Bridge, making for an easy swap. The 2012 Ivy Bridge (or third-generation) processors can be easily recognised because they all have a part number that begins with the number 3.

View the new Intel processors here or call our sales team on 0870 429 3010 to find out more.

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3 Responses to “New Intel Processors – what you need to know”

  1. On 24th May 2012 at 2:10 pm Chris Lambert responded with... #

    I think to be fair that the cost of upgrading the CPU is going to have very limited appeal to Businesses on the whole.

    A 20% increase in CPU processing power might sound good on paper, when it comes to the real world it’s unlikely to be noticeable. There are so many other limiting factors on a PC that it makes it almost unnoticeable.

    The PC I’m sat in front of now (Pentium Dual-Core E5500 2.80GHz) is just as quick as many of the higher spec PC’s in the office. I would see very little improvement from a CPU upgrade and certainly nowhere near 20%.

    The big selling point may well be the improvement in Graphic handling. But unless your using any graphic intensive programs again this won’t make much difference.

    Web Browsers might consume a lot of memory, but the graphics are still quite basic when you compare them to a CAD package.

    Businesses should think carefully before investing in a CPU upgrade. More often than not a £20-£25 memory upgrade will give a much better performance boost than a CPU change and at a fraction of the cost!

    • On 31st July 2012 at 6:08 pm skgiven responded with... #

      I agree with Chris’s opinion.
      In my experience more RAM is becoming essential. With all the updates of late 2GB is barely enough for the most basic uses. 4GB for a desktop is the new standard.
      I would also add that the money would be better spent on an SSD. The performance difference moving from a standard SATA HD drive is very noticeable for both desktops and servers.
      If you’re building a new system then consider an IB and it’s cost, but SB to IB is not an upgrade, it’s still LGA1155, and neither really have good graphics. If you want good graphics get a PCIE GPU. There is a reason why the high end LGA2011 processors don’t have the on die GPU; if you’re going to spend that sort of money on a system you’re going to get a discrete GPU.

  2. On 8th November 2012 at 1:49 pm Steve Skingle responded with... #

    To be honest, if you’re going to upgrade anything, make it an SSD for your OS drive, the performance increase vs. cost can’t be beaten by upgrading any other component.

    £60 to see you’re os boot in under 10 seconds… and improve general operation speed…. worth every penny

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