Sandy Bridge Will Have Special Media Accelerators

"The soon to be released Sandy Bridge processors from Intel will feature special media acceleration circuitry."

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The soon to be released Sandy Bridge processors from Intel will feature special media acceleration circuitry, a rumor that has now received official confirmation. A report by CNET states that the information was provided by Intel vice president Stephen L. Smith at a conference held at Wells Fargo Securities earlier this month.

Talks about Intel’s new processors having special media acceleration capabilities have been flowing through the tech rumor vine for several weeks. However, there was no official word from Intel or any inside information on the same. Technology site CNET has now reported that an Intel vice president has confirmed not just the acceleration circuitry but also the much anticipated graphics performance boost.

CNET also managed to capture Smith’s talk at the conference on audio. In response to a question from a member of the audience, Smith said, "The other cool thing is dedicated circuitry for media acceleration. All of us in our daily use, whether it's home videos or photos tend to pull things from the Internet, pull things from our own capture devices at home, bring them on to our PC, transform them into different formats... all of that will be dramatically faster if one utilizes this hardware acceleration, media acceleration that we have on Sandy Bridge.

In addition to the media acceleration part, Smith also stated that Sandy Bridge will let manufacturers design slimmer notebooks that would match the performance of mainstream laptops. "It enables us to build a notebook with a sleeker form factor and potentially longer battery life and still get great mainstream performance," he said.

Talking about the chip that is to follow Sandy Bridge at the end of 2011 – Ivy Bridge, Smith emphasized that Intel’s plans for the platform are very much on target. "We're on track to develop our 22 nanometer with units in production by the end of 2011," he said. “Ivy Bridge is a shrink of Sandy Bridge with some enhancements," he added.

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21-11-2010, 20:40:41

TECHNO TORTOISE
I just overclocked my 4890 in ccc with ati auto tune, my fan was set on auto and its a non reference design card made by VTX3D, auto tune overclocked it to 940 on the GPU and 1040 on the memory just 10 Mhz shy of the max limit on ccc.

when i try to run the crysis benchmark the driver crashes and windows 7 says your driver has recovered. every time i try it dues the same.

is it a driver issue ? ( the only reason im saying this is because i just watched your recent video on youtube and i think the same thing is going on with my driver )

22-11-2010, 05:28:15

AMDFTW
dude dont use the auto tune lark its bobbins

get the overclocking done manually mate its the best way

22-11-2010, 09:32:11

TECHNO TORTOISE


dude dont use the auto tune lark its bobbins

get the overclocking done manually mate its the best way



what would you suggest using rivatuner and furmark... also keep my temps below 70c ..? thanks in advance

22-11-2010, 10:21:16

AMDFTW
CCC is what i used and it was fine

and yes furmark is fine aswell

50% fans speed is fine man 60% would be better tho if u can take it

the max temp for them cards is 120c so 80c should be ur number
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