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Intel "Sandy Bridge" graphics to be twice as fast?

updated 05:10 pm EST, Fri February 5, 2010

Intel promises two-fold boost for Sandy Bridge

Intel has reportedly told its corporate customers that the Sandy Bridge CPUs with integrated graphics processors due for release at the end of the year will have vastly improved performance. While the chipmaker quotes a doubling of performance, it does not define what it compares it to, though it is most likely the existing Nehalem CPUs. Intel is otherwise being cryptic about the chips' performance, saying only that the chips have advanced media and graphics capabilities.

Sandy Bridge will feature integrated graphics on the same die as the CPU, with the two set on the company's first 32nm graphics core. With NVIDIA and ATI planning on introducing 28nm cores, it may also mean Intel is the only one in the industry with the 32nm chips.

A twofold improvement over Intel HD graphics found on Arrandale (mobile dual-core Nehalem) and Clarkdale (desktop) chipsets would be welcome, as the current design is capable of advanced media playback but often criticized for sluggish gaming. More likely, however, is a slight improvement compared to these chips.

Sandy Bridge will support 4GHz clock speeds, with scalable CPUs using up to eight cores. [via Fudzilla]

By Electronista Staff


  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999


    Sandy Bridge?

    Who cooks up these names at Intel?

    Sandy Bridge sounds like a drag queen name.

    Maybe they're not telling us something...

  1. rtamesis

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jan 2000



    I was seriously thinking of getting a Mac Pro this summer. Now I guess I'll just wait for Mac Pros carrying Sandy Bridge CPUs.

  1. saldin

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2010


    comment title

    How will that be an improvement for Macs, when the nVidia 9400M was 5 times as fast as the current Intel integrated graphics offering?

  1. lolcat789

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2009


    Big deal

    ATI and nvidia have always been ahead of intel. Intel is just making noise, but cannot compete with what AMD has cooking up in the APU range.

    I'll believe these claims when I see the proof.

  1. Kees

    Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 2001


    no more intel integrated graphics, please

    twice as fast still means slower than even the integrated solutions both nVidia and AMD/ATi are currently offering.

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