Every year, Intel continues to bombard us with processor development, improvements and new releases. What they don’t realize is that people are getting less aware of what changed and what impact will it give to us. Now, we have the Sandy-Bridge processor (second generation) and the newly implemented Ivy-Bridge (Their generation). If you guys are still wondering on what are the comparisons between them, I’ll help you out. I’ll give you guys the list of the most important differences and similarities between the two.

  1. Sandy-Bridge is 2011. Sandy-Bridge-based Desktop PCs and laptop processors are implemented last year of 2011. Meanwhile, Ivy-Bridge is the latest trend. They are announced several times and have been delayed for several months. It is finally released this April 2012. It immediately replaced the Sandy-Bridge processor in the market. But this does not mean that Sandy-Bridge is not available in the market anymore. They are still available but they are now in the phase of ‘minimized production” wherein they are producing less and less product monthly. Ivy-Bridge already replaced them.
  2. Obviously, Ivy Bridge has newer technology. Ivy Bridge now has the reduced die size by using a newly developed three-dimensional “Tri-Gate” transistor proudly made by Intel. Other features such as support for PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 and DDR3L (low-voltage) memory, buffed-up security features, and better integrated graphics are also there in the Ivy-Bridge.
  3. Ivy Bridge just edges out Sandy Bridge a little bit. In tests conducted by benchmarking companies, there have been minimal differences with the speed of the two systems. The Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge processor earned 1.65 in a CineBench R11.5 multicore rendering test compare to a 1.58 of Core i7-2700K (the fastest Sandy Bridge chip) in the same system earning. Other tests such asPCMark 7 also display the same result: “Ivy-Bridge is faster a little bit”. Considerable speed might be noticed on next year’s processor (hopefully).
  4. Ivy Bridge uses less power. Two systems were used for the test, the Core i7-2700K and the Core i7-3770K. The test used the ExtechDatalogger to read voltage readings between the systems. The Core i7-2700K system needed 166.5 watts, while the Core i7-3700K only needs 136.3 watts during power. That IS a considerable difference. Ivy Bridge therefore is better in power consumption.
  5. Ivy Bridge has better graphic capabilities but both the Ivy and Sandy Bridge still aren’t enough for monstrous gaming.  The Sandy Bridge uses a dusty DirectX 10.1 while the Ivy Bridge uses a DX11, therefore gives better speed and functionality. Still, either component fails to run heavy 3d games with decent framerate. They still need a standalone card from either AMD or Nvidia to run those games.
  6. Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge are backward-compatible. What do you mean with backward-compatible? Ivy Bridge can be used on Sandy-Bridge-based motherboards while the Sandy Bridge processor can still run on Ivy-Bridge-based motherboards. Isn’t it great? You don’t need a full upgrade to experience the new technology it has to offer. Good move Intel.

So for those who are confused, I hope I helped you recognized the difference highlight Intel offers. Ivy-Bridge or Sandy-Bridge? They are the same for me for they fail to give me considerable speed difference. I’ll wait for next year’s processor before I fully upgrade.