A year ago this week we were sitting down with Intel at the Consumer Electronics Show, discussing the new products they had announced at the show earlier in the week. Intel had a huge setup on the show floor displaying their various new technological achievements, but it was the 2010 Core Processor Family that we were most interested in. A few weeks later we published our review of the Intel Core i5 661 Processor and found it to be a competent performer, although we felt it wasn't the best available option in the Core Series lineup based on price / overclockability.
One year later we find ourselves in a similar situation. CES is upon us and once again, Intel has launched another exciting line of processors for 2011. Codenamed Sandy Bridge, the 2nd Generation Intel Core Processor Family represents the “Tock” in Intel's “Tick-Tock” development model. Although Sandy Bridge is built on the 32nm process like Westmere, it features an all new micro-architecture with improvements across the board.
These new 2nd Generation chips are a good deal more advanced than last year's models with several architecture changes, additional instruction sets and overall increased performance. Let's move ahead and take a close look at everything Intel brings to the table with the much-anticipated Sandy Bridge micro-architecture.