In the world of processors, Intel Ivy Bridge processors are the very latest and greatest range from the world’s number one processor manufacturer. A significant improvement over Sandy Bridge processors, Ivy Bridge features all new architecture and a significantly reduced die size with thanks to a new and unique kind of three-dimensional transistor. With this reduction in die size comes perhaps the biggest advantage over Sandy Bridge too; power consumption, enabling laptops packing an Ivy Bridge to run for longer on an identical machine running Sandy Bridge.
Another significant advantage of Ivy Bridge processors versus prior chips is that the latest generation support DDR3L, which is an extremely low voltage memory, further adding to the appeal of laptop and Ultrabook manufacturers to increase battery life, a feature which is essential for a laptop to be called an Ultrabook. Note: Check out our post, what makes a laptop an Ultrabook.
Little known consumer fact; Intel operates on what it calls a “tick-tock” cycle. With every “tick,” Intel introduces and implements a new strategic manufacturing process. In 2010 for example Intel released new Clarkdale desktop processors which aimed to reduce the company’s microarchitecture to 32 nanometers, in order to deliver improved performance overall and energy savings. In 2011 came Sandy Bridge processors, and in 2012, came Ivy Bridge processors.
In this article we are going to introduce you to 4 Ultrabooks which feature Intel Ivy Bridge processors under the hood. Hopefully you’ll find a few that you never even knew existed.
Asus Zenbook UX32VD
The Asus Zenbook is perhaps the most recognisable Ultrabook in the world (bar the Macbook Air, if that can be called one). The Asus Zenbook UX32VD is the companies latest and greatest Ultrabook to market, packing an Intel Core Ivy Bridge chipset. Core i5 and i7 available.
Toshiba Portege Z835-P360
Toshiba Portege Ultrabooks are not the most well-known Ultrabooks, however they do have some fairly (if a little overpriced) options available. The Toshiba Portege Z35-P360 rocks an Intel Core Ivy Bridge chipset. Core i5 to i7 available.
Acer TimelineUltra M3
The Acer TimelineUltra M3 is one of our favourite budget Ultrabooks and features dedicated graphics along with great battery life. The M3 gets included in this post because it offers up Intel Ivy Bridge processors from Core i3 up to Core i7.
Samsung Series 9
The Samsung Series 9 Ultrabooks are utterly gorgeous, featuring high-quality materials and awesome keyboards. All Series 9 Ultrabooks rock Intel Ivy Bridge processors, however they’re also pretty expensive, so only real-world options to the Ultrabook elite.
Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook
Dell have made loads of effort ever since Intel trademarked the name ‘Ultrabook’ to create ultra-portables which appeal to a wide range of audiences. Its XPS 14 Ultrabook looks great and rocks 3rd gen Intel Ivy Bridge processors.
If you are on the lookout and shopping for Ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge, you should know that there are tons out there which have the latest chips; Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Samsung and HP offer Ultrabooks with Ivy Bridge, and as such finding your perfect book’ should be a fairly easy affair.