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Intel Corp. on Thursday unveiled “Iris Graphics”, the brand name that will be carried by the integrated graphics cores of the Core i-series “Haswell” microprocessors. Besides, the company said that the highest-performing Iris graphics cores will outperform the existing integrated graphics solutions by two or three times, which in some cases will bring Intel integrated graphics close to solutions from its arch-rival AMD.

“With up to two times 3D performance improvement [in 3DMark 11] over today’s fastest mobile Intel HD Graphics solutions, Intel Iris graphics brings next-generation mobile computing devices to life with a built-in, eye-popping visual experience – no extra graphics card required,” a statement by Intel reads.

Intel will offer different types of graphics cores integrated into its Core i-series “Haswell” processors: Iris Graphics Pro 5200 (40 execution units with on-package eDRAM cache memory), Iris Graphics 5100 (40 execution units), HD Graphics 5000 (40 execution units, low clock-speed), HD Graphics 4200/4400/4600 (20 execution units at different clock-speeds) and Intel HD Graphics.

The most advanced versions of Iris graphics engines will feature DirectX 11.1+ (with additional DX extensions), OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.* as well as features like Intel Quick Sync Video technology, MPEG and JPEG decode acceleration, 4K UltraHD display resolution, 3-screen collage mode display mode and so one.

Intel 4th generation Core i-series "Haswell" processors with Iris Graphics, when compared to 3rd Core i "Ivy Bridge" processors, can deliver the following performance advantages:

  • Two times higher 3D performance [in 3DMark 11 benchmark] over Intel HD Graphics for the high performing U-series processors designed specifically for ultrabooks, with Intel Iris graphics.
  • Two times higher 3D performance [in 3DMark 11 benchmark] for mobile H-series processors (designed for more robust notebook PCs) compared to Intel HD Graphics with Intel Iris Pro graphics core and eDRAM onboard.
  • Three times higher 3D performance [in 3DMark 11 benchmark] over existing Core i-series chips with Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics core will be offered by desktop Core i7/i5 4000-family R-series processors with Intel Iris Pro graphics and eDRAM onboard.

In case Intel’s performance estimates are accurate, the Iris Graphics Pro 5200 integrated graphics offering in its best implementation (desktop chip in BGA packaging) will deliver a little higher performance compared to AMD Radeon HD 7660D core of the AMD A10-5800K application processing unit in 3DMark 11 benchmark. While the speed level can be considered as respectable, AMD is not standing still and intends to release new-generation APUs code-named Richland with higher general purpose and graphics performance this June.

Intel Iris graphics delivered with select 4th generation Intel Core i-series processor SKUs is part of Intel’s ongoing commitment to increase the processor’s graphics and media performance.  Intel Core i-series 4000-family processors will be available with either new, high-performance Intel Iris graphics or the improved baseline Intel HD Graphics. Since 2006 Intel has increased the processor’s 3D performance by 75 times as measured by 3DMark06. Additionally, Intel HD Graphics provides a power-optimized experience even when a discrete graphics solution from another vendor is used through switchable graphics technology.

Tags: Intel, Iris, Haswell, Core, Denlow, 22nm, Crystallwell


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Discussion started: 05/03/13 12:57:34 AM
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I am looking forward to seeing if intel GPU power usage is also x2
3 3 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 05/03/13 12:57:34 AM]
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You'll need a new power supply as well.
3 4 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/03/13 04:42:47 AM]
Yeah...and a new mobo....
2 3 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/03/13 06:55:33 AM]
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2 6 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/03/13 12:13:27 PM]
I sense a disturbance in the force... many people here vote up lies and vote down truth.
0 1 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/05/13 08:18:23 PM]
I am looking forward to seeing if intel GPU power usage is also x2

I do hope you are joking.
0 2 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 05/04/13 02:23:36 AM]

BGA form factor, so they force you to buy the motherboard at the same time because they are hard soldered on.
What happens when you want to upgrade, buy a new board?
Adding a discrete graphics card to upgrade defeats the energy saving purpose.
If i want good graphics and energy saving, I'll stick with AMD's APU.
If I want power and good graphics, I'll stick with Intel and a discrete card.
4 3 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 05/03/13 04:30:47 AM]
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What happens when you want to upgrade, buy a new board?

How many people upgrade their computers every year ?

I know many average users who use their computer for 5 years !

0 2 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 05/04/13 02:29:00 AM]

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1 6 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/03/13 04:38:32 AM]

Still playing catch-up with AMD and killing of one of their main allies viz nVidia in the process. This appears to be the story of Intel lately as if they are taking a leaf out of Microsofts book.
3 4 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/03/13 05:27:09 AM]

Over Existing Offerings, should be Changed To: Over Existing INTEL Offerings, as the supplied Intel charts do not appear to compare to any of the competing company's products! 2 - 3 times the not so good performence of Intel's earlier GPUs does not equate to better graphics compared to AMD's or NVidia's Graphics! Intel Graphics drivers are not so good, also, Many laptop OEMs customizie the Generic Intel HD graphics drivers, then the OEM's never offer updated Customized Intel HD graphics drivers (Intel only offers updates For Intel Generic HD graphics drivers at its driver update website, or the updates Intel offers through the Windows update service). Have disk installs are not a solution, either, as forcing a generic driver install onto a customizied driver install can and does lead to stability problems! Intel does not have, at the current time, the IP to compete with AMD on the integrated GPU front, and the latest Unified Memory offerings for CPU to integrated GPUs from AMD, just leaves Intel further behind the learning curve! Intel is Known for Poor graphics drivers, and poor graphics driver support openGL, Linux, support is often to little too late! Intel is best for the most powerfull CPUs paired with AMD's or Nvidia's descrete graphics, but on the integrated front (x86/GPU) AMD is the leader!
4 3 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 05/03/13 07:10:10 AM]

yeah well meanwhile amd is about to release richland which should be 15 to 20% faster then trinity's current apu and when kaveri comes out in late sept it should be 40 to 50% faster then trinity, so intel graphics will be way behind AMD's graphics when kaveri comes out.
4 3 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 05/03/13 07:56:06 AM]
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AMD CPU is sucks regardless of what graphic chip they pair it with. Who buy laptop just for playing game?
3 2 [Posted by: Tukee44  | Date: 05/03/13 05:14:11 PM]
And who buys a laptop just to do benchmarks?
2 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/03/13 11:42:53 PM]
Intel is improving at much faster rate than AMD when it comes iGPU

The improvement from HD3000 to HD4000 is bigger than Llano to Trinity.

Also, the improvement from HD4000 to HD4600 is bigger than Trinity to Richland. I'm not even talking about HD5200.

Intel Broadwell will probably offer a big improvement over haswell
2 1 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 05/04/13 02:37:20 AM]
The improvement looks good because it was so crap to begin with. It's still 3 generations behind AMD.... and AMD is getting itself together after 4 years of restructuring its business. What was it that the roadrunner used to say to the kyote?
2 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/04/13 06:08:22 AM]

If you believe that Intel's next gen graphics cores will bring 2-3x their current performance, I have some ocean front property in Arizona that you might be interested in buying.
7 4 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 05/03/13 09:53:15 AM]

LOL at the AMD fanbois out in force. Just give it up. Intel will sell boatloads of these and AMD will keep slipping closer to bankruptcy. How sad is it when AMD's stock only goes up on a RUMOR Intel will buy them?
1 3 [Posted by: AnonymousGuy  | Date: 05/03/13 07:26:53 PM]
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No, the buyout rumour was rubbish cooked up over a super hot-running Intel Iris graphics chip. The stock went up on the news that AMD has secured a huge General Electric (GE) contract to supply semi-custom SoCs based on AMD G series embedded APUs. We are entering the era of "Surround Computing" as Mark Papermaster stated. Soon, an AMD chip will be found not only in your games console but also under the hood of your new car, etc. This is a huge and diverse market. Meanwhile, Intel overclocks a Haswell chip for publicity in a dwindling Windows 8 desktop market and tries desperately to make an on par graphics chip. LOL^2.
3 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/03/13 11:47:42 PM]
If you took the time to read the posts about Intel buying AMD, you would have read that the US justice department (Antitrust Division) has to approve of all mergers and acquisitions that any company in the US makes, to see if the merger or acquisition will reduce competition in the marketplace (AntiTrust laws on the books since the time of teddy roosevelt, and continuing to this day with amendments). Intel, the major market holder of x86 based CPUs will never be allowed to buy AMD the only other major Player in the x86 CPUs market, as this would create an illegal Monopoly in the x86 CPU market! It is never going to happen!
1 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 05/04/13 06:06:28 AM]
The rise of ARM might change the antitrust division's thinking.
0 0 [Posted by: conejo99  | Date: 05/06/13 06:17:33 AM]
Oh, just for your information, AMD could survive just fine as a maker of descrete GPUs and, seeing how the ARM market is doing with low power smartphones and tablets, AMD will do well licensing ARM IP and marrying it with AMD's GPU IP for some great low power ARM based APUs, with out the need for x86 at all, if AMD decided to, which I seriously doubt given the fact that AMDs x86 based APUs beat Intel's integrated GPU products in graphics performence!
2 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 05/04/13 06:34:50 AM]
AMD will not go bankrupt, its stock may not rise that much, but here is the RUB, Intel's stock will go down or not go up like it did in the haydays of the desktop PC! If AMD gets any where near insolvency, it will be taken private, or Apple. Samsung, ASUS and the rest of the OEM's will help AMD out for the same reason IBM forced Intel to cross-license the x86 IP in the first place, to make sure there was/is a second source supplier of x86 chips to Keep The Prices Low! Intel has a lot of big and expensive Chip Fabs, that are costly to run, and Intel has to be producing at full, or as close to full capacity as possible, or Intel will loose money on these high cost fabs! The overall market is shifting to low cost low power devices, and Intel will have to give up their high value / high margen pricing!
1 1 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 05/04/13 09:39:50 AM]


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