Newell: Intel’s Sandy Bridge provides “console-like experience on the PC”

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 6 January 2011 12:55 GMT

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Intel took the wraps of its Sandy Bridge next-gen processor at CES last night, with Valve boss Gabe Newell taking to the stage to sing the chip’s praises.

“It’s a real game changer for us,” Newell said, as reported by IBTimes.

“This allows for a console-like experience on the PC.”

Newell said his company developed its upcoming game, Portal 2, with the processor in mind.

The second-gen i7 processor is a fusion affair, featuring “3D graphics and media engine capabilities” on one unit.

Intel said Sandy Bridge is the first 32 nanometer-based chip in the industry, meaning higher performance, reduced power consumption for better battery life and smaller designs, and lower overall manufacturing costs.

“It’s all about the visual experience,” CEO Paul Otellini said. “Our tag-line for it is it’s visibly smart.”

There’s no date as yet.

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