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The main performance gain of the Ivy Bridge will be with the integrated GPU, which will be substantially quicker than with the Sandy Bridge series. The GPU will be able to handle the next generation 4K video resolution as well as provide faster transcoding rates, such as re-encoding video to e-mail or transfer to a Smartphone. The 3570 and 3770 models feature HD4000 graphics, which Intel claims will offer double the graphics performance compared to Sandy Bridge’s HD3000 graphics. These will also include Microsoft DirectX 11 support. For certain people this isn’t something they need, I mean technically you could use it for an extra display, but now a days most video cards have more than enough outputs.
The chips will also get additional hardware-based security features. The new Intel Z77 chipset to support Ivy Bridge and also Sandy Bridge CPUs will feature native USB 3.0 support, which will make it cheaper for motherboard manufacturers to offer USB3.0 and should mean that once Ivy Bridge is available for laptops and portable computers, they will likely have USB3.0 as standard.
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