A much awaited launch in 2012 was the new line of processors from Intel, called Ivy Bridge. It should bring gains in performance and greater efficiency, only that the details of the specifications of the new chips were still unknown. In addition: the Xbits Labs got one roadmap gives Chipzilla showing everything you need to know about desktop processors and can include Macs mini and iMacs.
The 3000 series of processors has a model dual-core and 17 quad-core, with the possibility of doubling the number of threads present in 5 of them. Its basic speeds range from 2.7GHz to 3.5GHz, but with Turbo Boost that can extend this to up to 3.9GHz, when needed. The arrival of these processors is expected for the beginning of the second quarter of 2012, in April, as already mentioned in an August rumor.
In terms of graphics performance (Intel's Achilles heel), the news is good: the integrated HD 2500 and HD 4000 GPUs should bring performance up to three times higher than the previous generation, as you can see in the above comparison, achieved by Computer Base (Google Translate). They will also have support for OpenCL and DirectX 11 and OpenGL 3.2 / 4 effects. In other words, things are improving. Will Apple still use NVIDIA GPUs? something to know
It will take a while to see these processors on the market, and maybe even more until the Macs equipped with them show up. Perhaps even more important is to know when mobile processors will be launched, since MacBooks Air and Pro depend on them especially the model To go, 15 inches.
Those interested in a deeper analysis can find it at AnandTech.