Ivy Bridge has been on our radar for almost a year now, but with the 2012 release date fast approaching, leaks from the partner channel were inevitable. According to documents obtained by X-bit labs, Intel's new Ivy Bridge chips will be shipping in Q2 2012, and eighteen parts are listed. Of these only eight are standard desktop flavors, with the remaining ten all falling under the ultra-low voltage banner. All of the new chips are based on Intel's new 22nm process technology.
The power savings and graphics improvements will make a huge difference in laptops and small form factor PC's, but if you're rocking a modern Sandy Bridge desktop part, it's looking increasingly improbable that Ivy Bridge would be much of an upgrade for Desktop enthusiasts. According to slides obtained from Tom's Hardware, here is how performance is shaking out so far when you compare the i7-2600 Sandy Bridge to the i7-3770 Ivy Bridge.