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RumorTT: Sandy Bridge to have last hurrah in Q3, Ivy Bridge to take over

RumorTT: Intel to phase out Sandy Bridge processors in September

By Anthony Garreffa on Jun 14, 2012 01:10 am CDT - 0 mins, 49 secs reading time

DigiTimes is reporting that Intel are to begin the phasing out of their Sandy Bridge-based processors this September. This paves the way for Ivy Bridge to get slapped into various products such as the Ultrabooks Intel are pushing big time.

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Intel have said that OEMs have already begun receiving shipments of Ivy Bridge CPUs, with customers starting to notice them in systems later this month. Intel have also hinted that they expect to ship some 50-percent more Ivy Bridge CPUs in six months that it did in the same time period with Sandy Bridge.

But, there is a but here, folks. Ivy Bridge-based CPUs are much more expensive than their Sandy Bridge counterparts. According to DigiTimes, the price disparity is around $67-$100 per unit. This is a big problem for OEMs who are working on razor-thin margins on mainstream products that are the norm. If the Sandy Bridge chips do start disappearing in September, we should expect price cuts sometime this summer.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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