|Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Monday, 23 April 2012|
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Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU Review
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Full Disclosure: Intel provided the product sample used in this article.
Barely a year after the introduction of its immensely popular Sandy Bridge CPUs, Intel brings us Ivy Bridge. It's been a busy 15 months for Intel, with the introduction of no fewer than three chipset families (P67, Z68, and Z77, and many variants thereof) and three processor families (Sandy Bridge, Sandy Bridge Extreme, and Ivy Bridge).
As it has for the past several years, Intel's sticking to their "tick-tock" processor release cycle. At roughly yearly intervals, Intel will introduced either an entire new processor architecture ("tock") or a refinement thereof ("tick"). Sandy Bridge was the tock, and Ivy Bridge is the tick. The "tick" processors are usually minor upgrades in terms of capability. For Ivy Bridge, we have the power and heat advantages of Intel's new 22nm process (as compared to Sandy Bridge's 32nm), and the improved efficiency afforded by their low-leakage "3D" transistors.
Of course, what we all want to know is how the performance and features of this new CPU compare with the Sandy Bridge line. To determine this I'll be testing the Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770K CPU against a Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K.