Intel's 22-nm Ivy Bridge processors aren't due out for a while still—knowing the chipmaker, we'll probably see them pop up on retail shelves early next year—but the silicon is clearly functional already. We got a taste when Intel demoed an Ivy Bridge laptop two months ago, and we've now gotten another teaser courtesy of famed overclocker Coolaler.
Posting on his eponymous forum, Coolaler sated the curiosity of followers with photos and benchmarks of a purported Ivy Bridge engineering sample. His pictures show a fairly innocuous-looking LGA1155 processor package with "Intel confidential" and "ES 1.80GHz" emblazoned on the heatspreader. At the back, the capacitor and resistor arrangement resembles that of today's dual-core Sandy Bridge CPUs. It's not quite identical, though.
Coolaler's BIOS and CPU-Z screenshots reveal that the CPU has two cores, four threads, 512KB of L2 cache, and 4MB of L3 cache. The images also confirm the 1.8GHz speed, which is presumably a ways below what we'll see on the finished product. We are, after all, talking about one of the first CPUs based on Intel's brand-new 22-nm fab process—or so it appears.
The benchmarks are somewhat anticlimactic, although they do give us a couple of noteworthy scores: 22.198 seconds for a SuperPI 1M run, and 1.81 points in a Cinebnch 11.5 test. Coolaler got higher numbers from a Core i5-2400 underclocked to 1.8GHz, but that chip has two extra cores and a couple megs of extra cache. (Thanks to VR-Zone for the link.)