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New GPUs will highlight Intel's 22 nm fourth-gen Core chips

As Intel Corp. (INTCwinds up towards the launch of Haswell Intel's 22 nm node architecture refresh and designated CPU core for fourth-generation Core i-Series processors, it's spilling details on the chips' graphics processing unit.  Haswell cores will be paired with three different tiers of GPUs, depending on the power envelope.

I. Enter a New GPU Brand

The top two tiers of the on-die GPU lineup introduce Intel's first ever branded GPU lineup.  Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) has Radeon, NVIDIA Corp. (NVDA) has GeForce, now Intel has announced it will call its high end GPUs "Iris".  In the past it relied on humble numbered die-parts with no separate branding (e.g. last generation's Intel HD 2500 and Intel HD 5000).

Intel had briefly toyed with the idea of releasing Larrabee-branded computation-heavy discrete GPUs.  Ultimately Intel abandoned that project choosing to stick on an embedded path, which took it to Iris.

The new GPUs have been referred to as GT3 in past roadmaps (and shown running Skyrim in demoes).  All of the new chips will pack support for OpenGL 4.0 and DirectX 11.1.

Intel GT3/"Iris" GPU running Skyrim [Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]

On the lowest end power-wise, Intel's 15 watt Haswell chips (like the one presumably powering the company's 17 mm-thick hybrid ultrabook reference design) will get the HD 5000, a mild upgrade.  The performance increase in this segment is expected to be around 50 percent (over the HD 2500).

Intel Iris Intel graphics
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AMD's Fusion efforts were ultimately a wakeup call to Intel on the value of a high-quality embeddded GPU.  But it appears that the student has now become the master; the performance of Iris and Iris Pro come closer to matching a discrete GPU than AMD's Fusion chips have thus far.

II. Discrete Graphics Performance in an Embedded Package

Things will start to heat up in the U-Series (like Core i5 branded) 28W mobile CPUs, which will get the new "Iris" branded GPU unit (the full name is Intel Iris HD 5100).  It's roughly 2x faster than the HD 4000.
Intel Iris

The Iris Pro gets a special boost -- new dedicated EDRAM (embedded dynamic random access memory) is also now for the first time included with the GPU part of the die.  On high-end laptop chips -- the Core i7 branded H-series of mobile chips (47-55W of typical power) -- this is expected to again represent about a 2x speedup.
Intel Iris Pro

On the desktop side, Intel's GT3e "Iris Pro" part will get an even bigger boost, reaching a 3x speedup in the R-Series (65-84W) desktop chips.  The M-series laptop and K-Series desktop chips are expected to also have access to Iris Pro, although Intel hasn't revealed their exact level of performance increase.

Intel Iris Pro 2

An Ivy Bridge i7-3770K part scored around 1560 in 3DMark 2011 [source], thus the new Iris Pro-equipped chips should be scoring over 3000, if Intel's performance claims are accurate.  That indicates that the Intel's on-die graphics will be slightly better than a full discrete AMD Radeon HD 7750 GPU which scores around 2900 [source].  
Radeon 7750 HD
The IrisPro on-die GPU is approximately as powerful as last generation's Radeon HD 7750.
[Image Source: AMD]

Whether the real-world performance truly lives up to that remains to be seen, but it's clear that this is Intel's most powerful GPU ever, and worthy of its first-ever branding.

[All slides are courtesy of Intel, via AnandTech]

Sources: Intel via AnandTech, Intel

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RE: Booo
By bug77 on 5/2/2013 12:45:47 PM , Rating: 3
Virtually no one needs any more CPU power than what's been on the market for the past few years.

Even so, better IPC could mean desktop performance in a 20W envelope. I bet you'd have some use for that.

RE: Booo
By Motoman on 5/2/2013 5:59:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's important to large corporations and data centers.

For the average user with a PC at home? They're not going to notice the power savings.

RE: Booo
By bug77 on 5/2/2013 6:45:05 PM , Rating: 2
Oh you will notice when your laptop will last a day or more on a single charge while being as fast as a desktop 3GHz quad.

RE: Booo
By Motoman on 5/2/2013 7:45:42 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, no I wouldn't. I almost never use my laptop on the battery alone...if I'm near an outlet, I plug in. Saves my battery a lot of discharge/recharge cycles. The battery life of my laptop is all but irrelevant to me.

I use my laptop when I'm sitting on the couch in front of the TV...and there's an outlet *right there*. Or I use it when I'm on the road...and sitting in a cubicle at the office I'm visiting, there's an outlet *right there*. Or in the hotel I'm staying at...they have outlets too. I really don't give a rat's a$$ what the battery runtime is on my laptop.

RE: Booo
By inighthawki on 5/3/2013 11:11:26 AM , Rating: 2
And your pretty alone in that. His comment still stands that the "average consumer" will certainly notice lower power draw. Try to imagine that there are people out there that do not have the same priorities as you :)

RE: Booo
By Motoman on 5/3/2013 3:29:38 PM , Rating: 1
...try to imagine that he directed his comment directly at me, personally, and not the "average consumer."

Because he did.

If other people's priorities include senselessly burning out their laptop batteries (and putting up with the low-power performance profile while on battery) then that's their thing. I'm just tired of hearing them whine about having to buy new laptop batteries.

RE: Booo
By inighthawki on 5/3/2013 3:38:16 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes when people say "you" they aren't directly referring to "only you in this one particular case." Sometimes it is a generic term referring to other people.

e.g. "When opening a can, you would want to use a can opener" - See how that is not necessarily directed directly at you, but is a general statement to people in general.

RE: Booo
By Motoman on 5/3/2013 3:49:57 PM , Rating: 2 which one would examine the context in which the statement occurs to determine who the "you" is actually referring to.

I see nothing in the context to indicate he's doing anything but addressing me, individually and personally.

RE: Booo
By inighthawki on 5/3/2013 4:28:09 PM , Rating: 2
That's interesting, because when I read the comment I see nothing in the context that would imply that he IS referring directly to you. I thought he was trying to make a general statement. Maybe we should just ask him :)

RE: Booo
By Motoman on 5/3/2013 6:27:25 PM , Rating: 2
No, you're lying to avoid admitting you're being a duma$s.

Just shut the hell up please.

RE: Booo
By inighthawki on 5/3/2013 9:39:59 PM , Rating: 2
Wow, seriously? I try to be polite about something and you up the rudeness of your remarks? Very mature of you. Internet anonymity at its best.

Good day sir I don't know why I even bothered.

RE: Booo
By Motoman on 5/4/2013 12:46:34 PM , Rating: 2
Good. Maybe then you won't "bother" again. Which would make the world a better place.

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