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It's also more power efficient. Which will come in handy because of all the time you can spend gaming! :-)
I don't think most people will see a big difference, but those of us who want to play Skyrim at highest resolution with all the details at max are going to be loving it! Oh, and I suppose those people that actually need fast machines will killer graphics capability will be pleased as well. Ivy Bridge, or whatever the actual name of the processor will be, is an evolutionary development, but that doesn't mean the advances are not significant. The speed and efficiency improvements are real, and a good thing, but the GPU is where my interest lays, and where I expect the biggest jump in performance is likely to be noticed.