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Intel Corp. this week reiterated its commitment towards improving quality and performance of its integrated graphics cores. The company unveiled new drivers for its Intel HD Graphics cores that boosts performance of video games by up to 10%.

The latest Intel HD Graphics driver includes a new driver architecture and optimizations that reduce CPU overhead and increase performance by up to 10% in games like Starcraft II, Batman Arkham City and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. These drivers support OpenCL 1.2 for general purpose programming using CPU, GPU and hardware acceleration on Intel HD Graphics, particularly on the HD Graphics 4000 core found in the latest code-named Ivy Bridge chips.

While it is rather remarkable that Intel managed to boost performance of its integrated graphics processors by 10% using new drivers, since it means that the company has actually started to optimize performance of video games, the actual speed offered by HD Graphics 4000 is so low in modern titles that 10% boost will be negligible.

The latest Intel HD graphics for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems are available for download.

Tags: Intel, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, OpenCL


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Discussion started: 04/04/13 09:28:18 AM
Latest comment: 12/11/15 01:30:36 PM
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Its common for everyone to increase performance in select popular games with drivers. AMD and NVidia both do it.
1 0 [Posted by: KeyBoardG  | Date: 04/04/13 09:28:18 AM]

Are we over the days of QuickSync not working in you have another GPU on your PC? Back in the Sandy Bridge days QuickSync only worked when you had a monitor attached to one of its outputs, is this still the case?

I will be buying a Haswell set up when it's out but will also be using a dedicated GPU, will the GPU on the CPU still function? Will software like Handbrake still have access to QuickSync?

Also there is often concerns over quality from GPU assisted encoding, is this still the case with Open CL? What would be a better option (mainly quality but also speed) new upper midrange AMD or nVidia card or sticking with QuickSync or disabling all GPU acceleration and purely using x86?
1 1 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 04/04/13 11:01:53 AM]
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Majority of video conversation software offer option to use one or other GPU, like Wondershare products, ArcSoft Media Converter, etc. You can choose your acceleration engine.
Haswell GPU will have special instruction set to enhance video quality/frame rate as well as acceleration.

Intel HD Graphics Driver Change log:
-Enhanced Interoperability with media and graphics APIs implemented with OpenCL 1.2 extensions
-Support for features like Intel® Quick Sync Video and OpenCL* in systems with discrete graphics on Windows 8
-Now, one can use both Intel Quick Sync Video and OpenCL even when Intel® HD Graphics is not the primary display adapter
-This requires Intel Graphics driver to be installed and will work only on Windows 8 platforms
0 0 [Posted by: boyfriend  | Date: 04/05/13 06:38:20 AM]
woow time to put some ads for crapptastic software companies like Lostexpectshare, FlatSoft Media cafee etc. These software sucks but their marketing teams do wonderful job. Well and a people who buy those stuff are great also :giggle:
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/08/13 01:18:05 AM]

Still playing catch up to AMD?
2 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 04/04/13 02:05:20 PM]

from 20 frames to 22 frames, this is awesome! lol
3 1 [Posted by: techguymex  | Date: 04/04/13 04:59:54 PM]
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If you turn every setting to minimum!
0 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 04/04/13 11:52:33 PM]

Great! Intel updates their HD graphics drivers, but what about the Laptops and PCs that have OEM customized Intel HD graphics drivers, and not the generic Intel HD graphics drivers, that can be updated at the Intel HD graphics driver update website! Intel can not update the OEM's customized HD graphics drivers, and I own 3 laptops! The only laptop that I own that receives regular HD graphics driver updates is my ASUS, my Toshiba laptop is 3 years old, never had a graphics driver update from Toshiba, and beacuse of the Toshiba laptop's lack of updated graphics drivers, Wings3D and Blender have never worked properly on this laptop!
My newest computer is a Samsung sereies 3, and I have had it for 8 Mo., and the drivers are Samsung customized Intel HD graphics drivers, and they have not worked properly, the computer has display anisotropic antialias artifacts! What pisses me off the most, is that there is no way of telling, on the computers that I may purchase, If the computer comes with Intel Generic HD graphics drivers at the retail outlet, It takes administrative privileges do be able to go to the Intel HD driver update website. and download and install the components that can the tell if the computer has Intel Generic Graphics drivers, Try asking the sales person at any retail store for administrative privileges to do this, they look at you like you came form Mars! Many, if not most, laptop OEMs have never updated their customized Intel HD graphics drivers!
1 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 04/05/13 07:11:34 AM]
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Well nothing happened. Thease richy rich customers can go out and buy a new Haswell to. So it's not software update, it's a platform update. voila.

btw. If you still didnt hear it, Intel tries to take over PC retailer business after Haswell introduction. you know legal racqueting
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/08/13 01:13:32 AM]

check your iGPU OpenCL performance!
I got 250% boost in looxmark 2.0 with HD2500 (G2020) 47-->127!
0 0 [Posted by: hwgeek  | Date: 04/06/13 08:44:36 PM]
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So you wanna say intel did tweak drivers to optimize it for benchmarking. Well they all used to do that (ATi, Nvidia) in the past so they could BOOST UP THEIR SALES
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/08/13 01:12:09 AM]


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