If you own a motherboard socket LGA 1155 -compatible processors Intel Sandy Bridge , will install the new CPU Ivy Bridge to 22 nanometers that California chip maker will present early in the second quarter of 2012. Although some features can not be exploited, processors will be compatible with the 6 series chipset.
Currently, motherboard manufacturers offer hundreds of models based on chipset Intel H61, H67, P67 and Z68 Express , known by the code nameCougar Point . As ever done before, Intel will announce new chipsets developed to fully exploit the power of processors to 22 nanometer Core i3/i5/i7 . According to the latest rumors, the 7-series chipset includes H77, Z75 and Z77 .
The chipset Panther Point finally introduce native support for USB 3.0 , in addition to PCI Express 3.0 and the ability to handle three displays simultaneously. Obviously, these features can not be used with existing chipsets. The producers, however, will release an updated BIOS or UEFI firmware . Some, such as ASUS , have added to their catalog new motherboards ready for future processors.
Waiting for the new CPUs, Intel has informed its partners a price reduction of between 10 and 15% of Sandy Bridge processors. This move will offer notebook and ultrabook at a lower price, before making way for models based on Ivy Bridge.