According to early Intel roadmap details seen by VR Zone, the company's Ivy Bridge processors will offer a 20 percent performance advantage over Sandy Bridge. This new core will arrive sometime in early 2012 and will be bundled with the Panther Point chipset which offers four USB 3.0 ports. Graphics performance will also be improved, Ivy Bridge promises a 30 percent boost in this field and will also add support for three independent displays.
According to early roadmap details we've seen, Intel is estimating that Ivy Bridge will offer a 20 percent performance advantage over Sandy Bridge which is slightly more than what Sandy Bridge offered over Intel's first generation of Core i processors.
Ivy Bridge will at least initially be available in LGA-1155, although we'd expect the new CPU core to appear in other socket configurations as well. Don't expect any huge change in terms of the basic features though, as Ivy Bridge will still only get two or four cores, although there will of course be models with Hyper Threading available. Ivy Bridge is likely to get upgraded to support PCI Express 3.0, although it's unlikely that we'll see an increase in lane count.