Intel's Sandy Bridge gets a thorough going over -

David Kanter – over at Real World Tech – has applied his analytical knowledge of microprocessor architecture to Intel's Sandy Bridge.

As he points out, Sandy Bridge is the first graphics processor tightly integrated with X86 architecture – they communicate using a shared lump of level three cache.

But, he continues, until the 22 nanometre Ivy Bridge architecture arrives in 2012, there isn't any OpenCL or DirectX 11 support.

Intel faces something of a challenge with AMD and its Fusion architecture, but Kanter explores this aspect of Intel Sandy Bridge too, and also includes information on software, the shader cores, and the render output pipelines.

You can find the complete article just here.