As various media have reported, Intel will introduce the desktop and notebook versions of Ivy Bridge on April 2nd with the retail availability coming on April 8th.

The Ivy Bridge family will consist of quad-core and dual-core models, with dual-core models delayed until the end of the second quarter – allowing for desktop and notebook vendors to dry up their stock of current Sandy Bridge processors. Bear in mind that the Thai flooding delayed manufacturing of a series of systems for the channel and Intel did the only responsible thing for its partners – a year after the company messed up with the Sandy Bridge platform recall.

The flagship product, Intel Core i7-3770K is a quad-core processor with 128 KB of L1 cache (4×32 KB), 1 MB of L2 cache (4×256 KB) and 8 MB of L3 cache. The processor operates at 3.5 GHz, which is the identical clock to the succeeding product, Core i7-2700K. When you take a look at differences between Sandy and Ivy Bridge, there wasn’t a lot of changes on the x86 processing side, but that wasn’t the focus of Intel engineers. As leaked results show, the processor is significantly better in graphics performance than Sandy Bridge. However, as key game developers say to us – the question isn’t the hardware, it’s the software.

Here’s a slightly edited screenshot that we have to support these claims, we have edited it for anonymity

When it comes to the hardware side, we were shown that the processor excels in performance. We saw the samples of Core i7-3770K going from 3.5 GHz to a massive 7.06 GHz clock. By raising voltage to 1.889 Volts, using 63x multiplier and 112.11 MHz and using dry ice – the 22nm beast passed 7000 MHz.

We expect that this processor is going to raise a lot of interest if it stays within the $350 range of its predecessor.