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Monday, 21 February 2011 11:38

Chief River is Ivy Bridge notebook platform

Written by Fuad Abazovic

DX11, better battery, 22nm, faster
The desktop market is getting its own version of Ivy Bridge 22nm platform called Maho Bay and the notebook iteration is called Chief River.

The key new features include 22nm processors that should get much faster with a reasonable TDP and higher performance. In a way Ivy Bridge is a die shrink of Sandy Bridge 32nm to 22nm a part of Intel’s Tick Tock safe passage strategy. Going to a new process and radically changing the core is too risky.

Intel promises better battery life and new and more impressive ULV platforms coming. Media capabilities should get even better as well as improved wireless display. DirectX 11 graphics also found their way to the Ivy Bridge and Chief River platform and graphics performance should get much better.

Intel also hints at RST caching that can deliver “SSD performance at a lower cost”. Let’s not forget USB 3.0 support. This is how a new notebook should look in early 2012.
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+6 #1 SlickR 2011-02-21 12:06
Too late. Intel suck, they should have already had native usb 3.0 support and they should have had 6gbps with the last generation.

They are too greedy, I hope AMD can go out with a great platform in March and that Bulldozer will be a success.
+19 #2 thetruth 2011-02-21 12:18
Funny how people who like Intel back it up with existing products, whilst AMD fans explain how good AMD is by talking about something that isn't even released yet.
+6 #3 123s 2011-02-21 12:53
Some Fusion chips are out and they own >.>

This one sounds even better, specially ULVs, with 22nm they could have much better battery life then crappy atom with decent performance but the price will be pretty crazy i guess.
+5 #4 TechHog 2011-02-21 14:40
I'm looking forward to ULV quad-cores, which have a good chance of coming pretty soon IMO. I think that with 22nm they could get a quad under 20W TDP with a low clock speed and limited turbo boost.

I'm also looking forward to to 35W quads in notebooks taking over dual cores. I have zero doubt that 22nm can allow that, just looking at how SB does here. Hell, the top notebook Extreme Edition CPU could possibly have six cores! I know this sounds optimistic, but at the same time SB has been absolutely amazing for notebooks, with the notebook quads actually beating some of the lesser last-gen desktop i7s (sometimes even getting close to the i7-950).
+1 #5 Naterm 2011-02-21 21:32
Intel doesn't wants you to buy a whole new PC to get USB 3.0 on the chipset. They hate you. AMD loves you.

God, I get so sick of this shit. It doesn't really matter that Cougar Point doesn't have USB 3.0, motherboard manufacturers can easily add it with controllers from NEC and I think Reneses. How many USB 3.0 ports do you need? Not many. USB 3.0 is really only advantageous for storage at this point. If you need more than two external hard drives, you should either get a larger case or a NAS.

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