Ivy bridge was launched today

There is a lot of ivy bridge reviews today, since Intel have launched their new cpu, 22 nm and etc.

But I like comparing apple to apples, clock for clock.

So, according to this review ivy bridge is faster than sandy bridge 3.8% on average.

yeah, lower power comsumption and etc for ivy bridge, but will Apple care about 3.8% for macpro? or will they go sandy-bridge-e for next macpro (if it will ever be launched) without waiting for ivy-bridge-e


  1. Frk
    April 23rd, 2012 | 11:27 pm

    Very disappointing to see so little progress Intel has made following the Sandy Bridge processors.

    Mac Pro should just go with the SB-E if Apple hasn’t fold it yet. IB-E should be as easy as the Nehalem->Westmere transition.

  2. Duddde
    April 24th, 2012 | 11:52 am

    processes are more than fast enough processor company’s need to work out what is the future of configuration before they care about performance..

    not surprised

  3. kalimist
    April 24th, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    If you were familiar with Intel’s tick-tock model then you
    would know that Ivy Bridge is a die shrink of Sandy Bridge. The new micro-architecture is called Haswell and will be released next March.

    //thanks captain obvious!

  4. Yolanda
    April 24th, 2012 | 10:55 pm

    Ivy-bridge-e isn’t will be ready only in the end of year or even next spring, so if Apple renew MacPros, they will use existing SB-E.

  5. Florian Uhlemann
    April 25th, 2012 | 9:46 am

    Same opinion here. Apple will be using SB-E as they haven’t skipped a Xeon series before, and SB-E is the logical step up from the past series with quad-channel 1600 😉

    Ivy Bridge is going to be great for MBA, iMac, etc. Let’s hope we’re going to get a good performing graphics card with the new Macs (not only Mac Pro)

  6. xoa
    April 25th, 2012 | 4:03 pm

    As Yolanda says, IB-E is a *long* ways off. Intel has moved to having its server chips at the very very end of the release cycle (probably for reasons of extra validation and yield). If Apple isn’t abandoning the Mac Pro, it’ll definitely be the Xeon E5s (or E3s if they do a single socket model).

    Intel has made plenty of progress. This is a tick, wherein they transition to a new process without making more then very minor architecture tweaks, and thus there tends to be increases in power efficiency and decreases in size, but minor raw speed increases. IB is actually pretty good for a tick, and Intel did boost their IGP significantly (though not as aggressively as they could have) which matters for mobile systems. Changing process node is very challenging by itself, and attempting to combine it with an architecture shift has often been a recipe for massive problems. It has served Intel very well to a split those two things up in the tick/tock, and the result has still been faster progress then with the previous monolithic approach. IB is a no-brainer for people still on much older chips. If you’re already on SB then it’s not a major upgrade outside of the onboard graphics, nor should it be expected to be. Wait for Haswell.

  7. Florian Uhlemann
    April 25th, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    Actually, It’s both going to be E5 Xeons, 16xx for single and 26xx for dual… i.e. e5-1660 as top end model (3960x equiv) with 6 cores and 15mb cache. 😉

  8. arondutzu
    April 26th, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    You are not seeing any progress or seeing little one because amd sleeps his ass out .. No competition, no use in breaking records. Right?

  9. Stanly.ok
    April 26th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

    Ivy Bridge-E will hit the market next winter … so yeah, Mac Pro is waiting for something other than CPUs (=

  10. Florian Uhlemann
    April 26th, 2012 | 7:56 pm

    Really nothing to wait for imho. 7970 is ready, drivers are almost ready to use. xeons are shipping. so it’s probably just making sure they get enough stock and the latest drivers sorted out.. and baamm we should have a new mac pro within 1-2 months 😉

  11. oboe
    May 3rd, 2012 | 3:24 pm

    Hi, can I please get an activation for my netkas forum account?

    Username: oboe

  12. bambarbia
    May 8th, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Hey Netkas – any chance you will update the sixaxis driver you had here some time ago for osx? The old driver is gone, and can’t download it anymore, thanks 🙂

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