Originally Posted by DarthShader
Well, it's only half of half billion after all and most of these will be to bring DirectX11 and OpenCL functionality to the GPU, not performance. Have you forgotten how it was with HD5000 series? Much more transistors, not much more raw performance.
Anand has since corrected his numbers, the Transistor count is 1.16 billion for SB v/s 1.4 billion for IB, which is about 20% more. Most of these would be towards the GPU but there are some improvements to the CPU cores as well (probably a Conroe to Wolfdale type change). Number of EU's remain the same(16) so the performance increase is only due to arch improvements and higher clocks (say 20%). Overall Vantage score increases by about 60% according to Anand, and 3DMark 06 by about 30%.
And anyway, HD5870 brought a ~50-60% performance increase over Hd4890. I would hardly classify that as "not much"
Originally Posted by mczak
I don't think that's really "most" of the transistors being used for DX11 - RV710 was 242 million transistors, whereas Cedar was 292 million transistors. Granted SNB (HD3000) GPU is faster than that (so maybe a bit more transistors) but certainly Ivy Bridge doesn't need ~200 million transistors just for some dx11 features...
Well most of the transistors would be for the GPU. Apart from DX11 they are also beefing up the media capabilities (three displays, faster quicksync, etc). While the CPU side is also going to be improved somewhat, it isnt anything like the changes to the GPU (you could say CPU is a tick and GPU is a tick+)
Edit: Also with regard to Trinity, it looks like we could be heading towards an early 2012 launch, so it might beat Ivy Bridge!