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January 6, 2011

Intel introduces Sandy Bridge second-gen Core processors

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by Darren Allan

Intel has officially introduced its second generation Core processors, known as Sandy Bridge, at CES.

The processors represent a big step forward on a number of fronts, not the least of which is the fact that they come with a built-in graphics solution.

The big difference from today’s integrated graphics being that this is actually a viable solution for mainstream gamers. Intel reckons it will outperform around half of the discrete graphics cards out there, so in other words, while it won’t outdo high performance graphics boards, it will equal an average card on the market.

And because this chip will be in laptops as well as desktops, notebooks will have easy and (relatively) affordable access to the sort of horsepower required to play games properly, as well.

Sandy Bridge also boasts Intel Quick Sync Video, hardware acceleration to allow much faster video conversion, editing and burning to disc. Intel also highlighted Wireless Display or WiDi, which facilitates easy wireless streaming of your laptop’s display to your TV in 1080p HD quality.

Mooly Eden, VP and General Manager of Intel’s PC Client Group, commented: “The new 2nd generation Intel Core processors represent the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any other previous generation.”

“The built-in visual capabilities enabled by these new processors are stunning. This, combined with improved adaptive performance, will revolutionize the PC experience in a way that is obvious for every user to see and appreciate – visibly smarter performance.”

The quad core chips will be available next week, with dual core versions coming next month.

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