Intel's 'Sandy Bridge' Core processors
An all-new microarchitecture astonishes and delights
She's finally here. At last, Intel is taking the wraps off of one of the most anticipated bits of silicon we've seen in years: Sandy Bridge. We've known the architectural details of the processor code-named Sandy Bridge for months—they are formidable, new, and different—but we haven't known exactly how the changes would translate into performance and power efficiency, which is the big question about any product overhauled this extensively.