Do you hear that? That, my friends, is the sound of one of Intel’s PR departmentbanging your head against a desk.
Although we have read more than a fewrumors about the company’s upcoming Ivy Bridge chips, Intel has steadily declined to share many official details, and have checked the flow of informationso tightly that notebook makers will not even use the words Ivy Bridge whentalking about potential systems.
(It is always a ”next-generation Intel Core processors,” but we digress.) So it’s a pleasant surprise then to see a review of an Ivy Bridge system before Intel even makes his official announcement. Laptopreviews have apparently tested a yet-to-be-announced HP EliteBook 8470p withan unspecified Core i7 processor, Intel integrated HD 4000 graphics, 8GB of RAM and an Intel 320 SSD.
Although the test team does not have much to say about battery life, the raw performance scores are pretty impressive, surpassing those of the heavy hitterslike HP Envy 17 and Lenovo ThinkPad W520 workstation. Then again, the laptopreviews quick to admit that the SSD may have contributed to increasing the score than what you would see in an Ivy Bridge systems with a good old fashioned hard drive.
On the graphics side also gives spankin new HD 4000 has a nice (read:several thousand-point) boost for PCs with HD 3000, but we must wait a littlelonger on the real game tests, it seems. It is the shortened version, but weencourage you to look up the source link for some more detailed comments, along with comparisons with other systems.