Forum Members Speak Out As Ivy Bridge Systems Take Flight

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Systems based on Intel’s higher-performance more power-efficient third-generation Ivy Bridge chips have only just become available in the last day or two from a number of manufacturers, including Dell Alienware, HO, ASUS, Samsung, Origin and Maingear.

Graphics chip maker NVIDIA also last month announced a new series of ultra-powerful graphics processing units (GPUs) that will add incredible 3D rendering capabilities to smaller and thinner notebooks, but not before Ivy Bridge took flight.

Despite this very recent availability of Ivy Bridge systems, however, the NotebookReview Discussion Forums have been buzzing with comments and opinions of Intel’s new chip advancement, as well as the comparison to the previous Sandy Bridge architecture.

His Dudiness, a relatively new NotebookReview forum member based in Canada, is a little skeptical of the actual total-system power consumption claims surrounding the Ivy Bridge (IB) architecture. “The power consumption of the chips themselves might be about 50% of those based on Intel’s Sandy Bridge (SB) technology, he notes, pointing out that is some early reviews the IB chips performed 9-20% faster than SB chips.”

However, “besides (the) CPU, there are a lot of other components in the system, like screen, SSD/HDD etc. So overall power consumption of the system should be around 15% less compared to Sandy Bridge laptops.”

“I remember SB was rumored to offer a much better battery life improvement than it actually did when it came out, so I’d like to see some IB tests to see how much of a difference it actually makes,” said Fat Dragon, an educator who has been a forum contributor for more than three years.

“Seriously, IB isn’t much of a performance improvement like SB, just gonna get lesser power consumption and maybe slightly cooler running CPUs,” adds hawk1410 in Atlanta.

Buyer’s Remorse?

A number of forum members chimed in on the topic of holding off on a purchase because of IB, or regretting they make have jumped the gun with a Sandy Bridge buy.

“Don’t worry, the 2860QM will be a very potent chip for a few years,” advises Sphinx, Maryland-based contributor who just celebrated his sixth year on the forum. . “If you have a Sandy Bridge, let alone 2nd gen Sandy, there is no need for ivy IMHO as the gains is a slight decrease in power usage. “I just bought my (Lenovo) T520 i7-2860QM, 9-cell, 8Gb (will upgrade to 16Gb soon), Optimus NVS 4200m 1Gb, 240Gb SSD 500Gb HDD in Ultrabay,” said His Dudiness.  “Now I’m very frustrated if Ivy Bridge is going to be much better for the same price. Damn!”

“Your 2860QM is going to last a long time, so there’s nothing to worry about,” added Texas-based GTRagnarok.

Upgrading from Intel’s Sandy Bridge to the company’s new Ivy Bridge processor was also discussed in the NBR forums.

“I’ve heard conflicting information on the viability of upgrading mobile SB systems to IB,” said Fat Dragon. “Desktops keep the same sockets and compatible chipsets for longer because the upgrade scene is much more mainstream, but they have far fewer qualms with changing the system in notebooks because there will be fewer complaints if laptop users can’t upgrade from SB to IB.”

While Ivy Bridge may be what’s trending at the moment, Intel has plans in the works for even more powerful chip architectures for both notebook and desktop systems.

At its developer forum held in San Francisco last year, Intel executives talked about a next-generation CPU code-named Haswell that will deliver higher performance and consumer less power that present-technology chips. Notebooks will obviously benefit, although this might also alter the design of desktops and servers that will require less power and generate significantly less heat than existing systems.

See more Ivy Bridge comments or add your own opinions to the Ivy Bridge Discussion Forum thread on NotebookReview.

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