Ivy Bridge is here! We are shipping out the first set of laptops equipped with new Ivy Bridge CPU and12.04 LTS today! The Intel i7-3610QM 2.3 GHz is available to order with the new Pangolin Performance and Lemur Ultra laptop at the same price as the previous generation i7. Better graphics, improved power efficiency and the best Ubuntu release to date are available now!
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- --do you mean now as in today? I'm not seeing them yet...I'm really chomping at the bit here (no pun intended). I've been waiting to replace my 5-year-old Pangolin performance with a professional model for about a year now. Finally I have the $$$ set aside...now I just need the new S76 professional models to materialize! :)May 1, 2012
- p.s. I contacted S76 directly, and they said "We're still looking at releasing the rest of our line in the next couple of weeks. Our 'first set of laptops' are indeed what was currently out there. The two models do have the proper chipset to support the Ivy Bridge CPU and the graphics statement was in reference to the Intel HD 4000 GPU."
So...looks like it could still be up to 2 weeks from now before the new professional laptop lineup appears on their website.May 1, 2012
- You guys know what the specs are for the professional models?May 1, 2012
- --I think must have missed your comment. I looked into this a little bit just now and I think what's going on is that there are 2 versions of the Ivy Bridge CPU, a higher-end quad-core version and a lower-end dual-core version.
From what I can surmise, it looks like the dual-cores are delayed until June, but the higher-performing (and more expensive) quad-cores are available now and showing up in more high-end systems.
from CNET, "The only laptops available right now [early May] with Intel's new third-generation Core i-series CPUs (also known as Ivy Bridge) are those that use high-end quad-core Core i7 processors. That means the vast majority of mainstream laptops won't get updated CPUs until the dual-core versions of Ivy Bridge are released, probably sometime in June." [http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33642_7-57426631-292/dell-sneaks-quad-core-ivy-bridge-cpus-into-a-couple-of-vostro-xps-and-inspiron-systems/]
Looking at the specs for the current Pangolin performance, I see is offering either 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2450M Processor (2.50GHz 3MB L3 Cache - 2 Cores plus Hyperthreading)
or (for an extra $115), 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor (2.30GHz 6MB L3 Cache - 4 Cores plus Hyperthreading)
So if I am understanding correctly, the 2nd gen dual-core is probably still Sandy Bridge at this point, and the 3rd gen quad-core is Ivy Bridge.May 4, 2012
- You're welcome,--hey, July is not that far away, and you've already been waiting 10 months... :)May 4, 2012
- Alas,-- but just remember that Intel is ultimately to blame for this craziness...May 5, 2012