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Intel’s Sandy Bridge Processor – Faq

Intel is currently working on its next generation processor, codenamed Sandy Bridge. Some information has started coming out in the press and elsewhere about the Sandy Bridge processors. Intel is expected to keep the same core i3 and i5 names for these processors, although the suffixes for these processors are expected to change.

The faq below should help up update your knowledge about the Sandy Bridge processors.

Q1. When is the Intel’s Sandy Bridge processor expected to launch.

A. There is no official word yet, however it is expected that the Sandy Bridge processors will launch by  the early 2011.

Q. What is the corresponding AMD competitor chip name ?

A. AMD’s Fusion  chips are being pitten against the Sandy Bridge processors from the Intel. AMD is leveraging the merger of its CPU and ATI’s GPU to create a fusion chip to take on the next generation intel chips.

Q. Will the Sandy Bridge processor fit in the existing core i3 and core i5 processor sockets.

A. No. The Sandy Bridge processors are expected to come in new sockets. While the current mainstrem i3 and i5  Clarkdale and Lynnfield processors use LGA1156, the mainstream Sandy Bridge processors will be using LGA1155 socket. These sockets are not pin compatible. In other words you can not just take out your older i3 and i5 processors and replace them with the Sandy Bridge processors.

Q. How about the graphics controller in the Sandy Bridge processors – Can we expect some performance improvement here.

A. The Sandy Bridge is expected to have the GPU and the CPU in a single die, which will improve the performace. The Sandy Bridge Graphics Processing Unit communicates directly with all of the four CPU cores over the shared cache. This should significantly improve the GPU performance.

Q. Any improvement in the IO front data rate ?
A. The Sandy Bridge processors will provide much faster PCIe v2 connection to the South Bridge I/O. This should improve the of the USB3 and SATA3 connection by removing the DMI bottleneck.

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