While the rumors is pointing at the imminent launch update for the 15-inch Macbook Pro 2012 models, and adds weigh into the reports by targeting the Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor launch date as April 29, 2012. The CPU World reports on the earlier benchmark results of the forthcoming quad-core processor chips, which is appeared to be likely coming in the 15-inch Macbook Pro models, the reports show the fairly significant improvements in the performance and graphic processing of the new quad-core processors.
The folks over CPU World got their hands on the upcoming quad-core Ivy Bridge processor, and enable to test it against the current generation Sandy Bridge processors, which are currently being used in the Macbook Pro and Macbook Air series with heavy graphics processors. However, the processor chip they got was the Core i7- 3820QM, a 2.7 Ghz processor chip with extra turbo speed up to 3.7 Ghz with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics chip. The chip is rumored to be coming in the end of April with a price tag of $568 but at high volume, and appears to be a natural upgrade to the Sandy Bridge dual-core processor Core i7- 2860QM chip that is currently the most high-end processor chip being used in Macbook Pro models on the build-to-order option.
The new Core i7-3820QM chip founds to score an average of 9% higher than the current extreme Sandy Bridge processors for the Macbook Pro models, which is definitely a big improvement in the overall performance of the processors, and the new processor is believed to be score 20% roughly higher than the Sandy Bridge processors on reaching the “Extreme” chip architecture. On the other hand, the new Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics chip is about to beat the current Intel HD 3000 by 32% to 108% on different graphics tests. However, Apple still believes to feature its own extended graphics processor in the Macbook Pro 2012 models.