presumably affordable dual-core Core i7 3520M processor with Ivy Bridge DNA is slated to ship next month, but if you're willing to wait a bit longer for something a bit more powerful, there's a Core i7 3525M chip on the horizon, too.
Like the Core i7 3520M, the Corei7 3525M processor will boast a 2.9GHz stock clockspeed capable of ramping up to 3.6GHz for single core performance and 3.4GHz for dual-core. Both chips will have 4MB of cache, a 35W TDP, and 1600MHz DDR3 or DDR3L support. So, what do you gain with the bumped up i7 model?
According to Fudzilla
, the Core i7 3525M features slightly beefier graphics. The chip runs Intel HD Graphics 4000, just like 3520M part, but it will be clocked 100MHz higher at 650MHz with a maximum frequency of 1,350MHz. The other difference has to do with compatibility. The 3520M supports BGA and rPGA packages, whereas the 3525M will only support BGA.