There comes a time in the life of each hardware generation where you have to consider whether its wiser to upgrade now, or put it off until the next is out. Such is the case with Intel’s CPU lineup. The Sandy Bridge processors have been out for almost a full year, and the release of the first Ivy Bridge units is coming up in the spring of next year.
While we don’t yet have benchmarks on the forthcoming processors, we can give you an idea of what to expect in terms of pricing. What’s more, we can give you a comparison to the current CPU that matches the Ivy Bridge chips in price.
The chart above shows the new Ivy Bridge chips in white, with the comparable Sandy Bridge CPUs directly below each, in gray. You can see that Intel appears to be keeping roughly the same price points as the previous generation. The biggest difference that you can see here is the decrease in power consumption, which will make a lot of overclockers happy. Of course, the prices will mean a little more once we have actual benchmarks to put with them.