The baby Ivy Bridge CPU, the Core i5 3570k, comes out of the gate looking strong for Intel and should come in at a competitive price point. With that said there's still a few areas we really need to look at with overclocking being one of the more important ones and because of that, it's something we're going to be looking at really soon.
The other areas we need to really dive into is the new onboard video (Intel HD 4000) that Ivy Bridge offers us along with a good look into what's going on with the Lucid Virtu MVP. We've seen some previews of it here and there and it looks really exciting. How it transitions into our benchmark line up, though, is something that we still need to examine.
As we also mentioned companies still have a good month before Ivy Bridge officially launches and there's no doubt that some more tweaking can be done on both sides. With that being said, most companies seemed to be under the impression that the new platform would be launched in days and not weeks so they find themselves pretty on top of what's going on. I think that's the main reason we're able to offer this preview today. Companies are clearly ready with motherboards and even some retailers with Ivy Bridge processors already selling and shipping.
The big issue at the moment is that the Z77 launch is looking a bit like the 990FX launch. While we thought that the 990FX launch would bring with it the launch of the Bulldozer platform, it didn't, instead we saw the CPUs delayed. We're seeing the same kind of thing here, instead of the Ivy Bridge platform on a whole being launched, we're going to see only the chipset side of things.
The fundamental difference is that it seems that the Ivy Bridge platform is unofficially ready. But for particular reasons, we're only going to see the motherboard side launch this month and the CPU side launch next month. Well; officially that is. Unofficially we're bringing you a look at the platform on a whole.
Outside of the CPU performance, though, we've got to put a quick word in on the GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H which has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Some of the features of the new model really stands out and that's obvious when we cover the board. When we had a chance to look at the GIGABYTE boards early this month we got excited about what was on offer. Now we've had a chance to have a little bit of a play we're finding ourselves as always impressed with what's on offer. We can't wait to get real down and dirty with the board when we start overclocking these new CPUs. So keep an eye out for some future coverage with the new GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H.
If only we had a Core i7 3770k on hand as well to really give you an idea of how Ivy Bridge was going to look come launch day. *knock knock* sorry I'll be right back! Okay scrap that - we now do have an i7 3770k on hand. We'll throw it in our testbed right now and see you a little later on today or tomorrow morning depending where you're reading this from.