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Intel’s Sandy Bridge officially released, brings new features

Well it’s finally here. After dealing with some minor setback with Intel’s next generation Core processor, Sandy Bridge has finally been released in the market and Intel is confident to lets you guys know that it’s their best chip so far. In fact, they’re boasting that it’s up to 42 percent faster when it comes to content creation and up to 50% faster for gaming as compared to the previous generation.


They also added some exciting features to complement the already impressive Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technology found in the first generation.

There’s the Intel WiDi 2.0 to beam content such as movies and videos to their big-screen HDTVs. Additional improvements include support for 1080pHD as well as protected content either streaming from the Internet or played locally from a Blu-ray or DVD player.

Then it also features Intel QuickSync Video which is a built-in hardware acceleration that takes the wait out of editing and sharing videos with astonishing performance that completes in minutes what used to take hours. Now faster than ever, consumers can edit, convert and share videos with friends and family. Intel estimated that a 4-minute HD video that used to take 4 minutes to convert to play on an iPod would now take just 16 seconds.

Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) increases performance for such demanding visual applications as audio processing and professional video image editing such as stitching together multiple photographs.

Intel Clear Video Technology HD improves the visual quality and color fidelity during video playback for a spectacular screen experience.

Intel InTru 3-D enables immersive stereoscopic 3-D to 3-D-capable HDTVs or monitors via HDMI 1.4, making movie excitement almost come out of the screen.

Based on Intel’s 32 nanometer (nm) process technology, the new chips are the first “œvisibly smart” microarchitecture to combine visual and 3D graphics technology with performance-leading microprocessors on a single chip. For consumers, this means a dramatically improved PC experience, with overall better power management, greater efficiency and increased battery life.

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  • I’m no longer a fan of Intel. I just recently bought an AMD-powered computer and it was amazing.

    • hehehe. i’m using an ancient amd system at the moment. need to replace it na.

  • marco

    If you are to choose between an hp dm1z w/ amd fusion and an acer 4750G with intel sandybridge i3 and nvidia graphics, which would you go for? I just want to know, based on your experience, if the difference that sandybridge is supposed to bring is visible to real life tasks? I’m confused. And when i choose Hp, i will have enough money left to buy an ipod touch 32gb. So, there… Which do you think is a better option?

    • saw the hp dm1z nung weekend… didn’t like the look and feel of it. kahit mas mura sa vaio y, sa sony vaio y pa rin ako.

      i would go for the i3 sandybridge when compared to amd fusion. malaking improvement ginawa ng intel sa sandy bridge compared sa previous gen.

  • Amanda

    Very interested in Intel QuickSync Video feature, I use video a lot and it has always been my greatest bugbear how slow editing and sharing is. Sounds like it will really enhance video visually too

  • No doubt the Intel chip is better, faset for all processing, ESPECIALLY for gaming. And gamers are the majority of the population that “needs” to be in front of the newest technology. but for me, who merely needs it to run a small business website, I have to be honest the AMD choice at 30-40% less, is a no brainer for me.

  • For those of us who just ‘use’ a computer for business and or daily tasks so much of this chip technology just goes over our head. And it is very easy to be confused by a quick talking salesman. So you are a real help Calvin.

    One small tip that I have l been taught over the years is that when it comes to technology for practical use it is generally better to ‘ride the back of the wave’.

    In other words rather than try to always have the latest wait for a while. And the big advantage is a cheaper price. You just need to be a bit careful about obsolescence