1. Laptops - Sandy Bridge. In 2009 and 2010 Intel rolled out their Nehalem Intel processor microarchitecture which is better know as the i3, i5 and i7 processors. Nehalem brought biggest single jump in laptop performance we have seen, especially in terms of integrated graphics power and a reduction in power consumption bringing unprecedented battery life. In 2011, Intel will be releasing their Sandy Bridge microarchitecture which they promise will be the biggest leap in processing power they have made.