IDF 2012: Haswell GT2/GT3 Processors Run "Skyrim"
September 12, 2012 9:48 PM
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The GT3 is considered the top-of-the-line of Intel Haswell processors
I'm a huge "Skyrim" nerd -- and that's why I was delighted to see it being demoed using the latest
Haswell processors at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012
For those who are a little behind, Haswell is the codename for Intel's 4th Generation processors -- the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture. It is based on the 22 nanometer (nm) process node and is the first to be built from top to bottom for power savings and performance in regards to 3D/tri-gate transistors. They will mainly power Ultrabooks and
David Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of Intel Architecture Group, gave a sneak peek at the Haswell chips at IDF 2012's first keynote yesterday. According to Perlmutter,
Haswell will provide 2x the graphics performance of Ivy Bridge
-- and this was demonstrated in two videos running side by side, where one was Haswell-powered and the other was Ivy Bridge-powered.
However, I got a closer look at Haswell graphics today. Two monitors were showing a "Skyrim" game in progress, where one was powered by 3rd Generation Core GT2 and the second was powered by Haswell GT3. The difference? Performance level, where the GT3 is considered top-of-the-line. The GT3 has double the number of execution units (EUs) as the GT2 while still maintaining low power comparable to the Intel HD 4000.
The GT3 is running "Skyrim" at 1920x1080 resolution with High settings, while the HD 4000 GPU next door is running the same game at the same frame rate, but at Medium settings and a 1366x768 resolution.
Overall, Haswell will keep certain aspects of Ivy Bridge, like Intel Hyper-Threading, Ring Interconnect and Intel Turbo Boost. However, they provide twice the performance while cutting power significantly.
Here's a shot of the two monitors showing "Skyrim," with GT2 on the left and GT3 on the right:
[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]
4th Generation Core GT3:
[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]
Haswell chips are expected to be released sometime in the
first half of 2013
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Runs fine on Sandy Bridge
9/13/2012 1:38:07 AM
Before I got my discrete graphics, I was running Skyrim just fine on my Sandy Bridge i3-2105 3.1Ghz with HD 3000 graphics. It ran smoothly at 1280x1024 with moderate to high detail settings.
I was able to run many of the newer games and practically all of the ones from over two years ago. I couldn't run some games, but for such a low price, it is possible to play with the integrated graphics, at least until you can get a graphics card.
With my limited budget, I was able to get by just fine with the i3-2105, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 1.5TB HDD, Biostar TZ68A+ mobo, and it only cost me about $400. Now with my AMD 6670 1GB DDR5, it will play anything at 1080p with high detail settings.
The graphics card really makes a difference, but I was doing pretty well without it.
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