Last January’s debut of Intel’s Sandy Bridge line of chips for use with the i3, i5, and i7 processors left many in the field awed.
The specifications offered by this new chip were impressive, and already several months into the Sandy Bridge’s effective lifespan, the technology utilized in the design has consistently demonstrated nothing but high quality output.
How Does The i7 Processor Benefit From This?
The i7 processor greatly benefits from the integration of the Sandy Bridge chip.
With eight-core, six-core, quad-core, and dual-core versions available, the Sandy Bridge offers consumers a variety of applications, especially as part of the i7 processor family.
Some functions and benefits of the Sandy Bridge Chip…
The most current generation of the iSeries chips (each chip in the line boasts a 32-nanometer process) there is a departure from the previous mixed nanometer processors used within the last generation.
This gives the transistors superior functionality than their predecessors, and requires significantly less power usage. Some chips in the line use as little as half the power required by the previous generation, which especially benefits users operating with the i7 processor.
Another benefit to i7 processor integrated with this chip, is the graphic capabilities of the Sandy Bridge line. The chip offered in the current iSeries is designed to provide superior integrated graphics. Each chip accommodates a graphics processor, microprocessor, and memory controller.
These features will more than satisfy the needs of the vast majority of i7 processor users.
The highly integrated design eliminates the need to connect graphics to the CPU, which also allows for greater efficiency, reducing power usage and heat output.
What the critics say…
Some critics note that this new design reduces the graphics performance that could be better provided through separate graphics hardware.
These critics suggest extreme power users or serious gamers may encounter minor issues with the design. The integration may limit the quality of intensive i7 processor usage, by degrading video quality or graphics quality.
However, for the majority of users, these potential losses will not be noticeable.
A few i7 Specs and Benefits…
The i7 processor chip is the pinnacle of the new line and the Sandy Bridge family. The chip is designed with the features of the i5, including Intel Insider technology, the most current Wireless Display, Quick Sync Video, turbo boost, and hyper-threading.
Exclusive to the i7 processor is the inclusion of quad-cores for use with desktops and laptops.
The i7 processor will increase the performance of the user’s operations. Elements such as processing speed will be noticeably improved. Depending on the operation, users will benefit from as much as a 50% increase in performance.
Users involved with video and photo editing will be able to accomplish tasks in a quarter of the time previously required. More domestic applications of the i7 processor, or any member of the Sandy Bridge line, such as transferring a movie between two devices, will be reduced tremendously.
The current quality of the Sandy Bridge line has been established, and has been well received since its introduction in January. Given the progressive and advancing nature of the industry, a successor to the i7 processor seems inevitable.
Analysts hope to see the features of the Sandy Bridge family further added-on to, and many users are excited at the potential for greater improvements to an already impressive line.