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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 13:47

Intel's Ivy Bridge to have decent GPU

Written by Slobodan Simic

Up to 60 percent faster than Sandy Bridge
According to a post over at Anandtech.com, Intel's Ivy Bridge might have a decent GPU, at least it will be much better than the Sandy Bridge one. (That's setting the bar pretty low. sub.ed.)

As you all probably know, Intel's Sandy Bridge was the first CPU that had an integrated GPU on-die. It was available in two configurations, as the HD Graphics 3000 and HD Graphics 2000. The HD Graphics 2000 had 6 EUs (Execution Units) while the HD Graphics 3000 had 12 EUs. According to Intel and the post over at Anandtech.com, the upcoming Ivy Bridge will have a total of 16 EUs and Intel expects a 60 percent increase in 3DMark Vantage scores and 30 percent increase in 3DMark 06 scores.

If you put those numbers together it looks like that Intel's Ive Bridge GPU, at least the fastest one, should have performance close to AMD's Llano A8 APU. Of course, this is all theoretical and it will be interesting to see how it will do in real-world and gaming performance tests.

The upcoming Ivy Bridge GPU will also have an improved Quick Sync performance and Intel is claiming that up to 2x better performance in video transcoding when compared to the Sandy Bridge.

Ivy Bridge will be made in 22nm manufacturing technology and is expected to show up next year.

More here.

Last modified on Thursday, 15 September 2011 08:21
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+7 #1 glupescu 2011-09-15 08:38
Maybe somewhat above E-350 (80 stream) and bellow A4 (160 stream). A8 (320 stream) is too far ahead for intel to catch up with just 33% increase in stream units.
+4 #2 muddocktor 2011-09-15 11:01
The hardware is one thing. But do you think Intel will ever learn how to make a decent driver? ;)
+4 #3 fuadzilla 2011-09-15 12:16
they will learn how to get companies to build their synthetic benchmarks to favour intel's chips. hah.
0 #4 bardenck 2011-09-15 14:03
nice.. intel may be behind on this one, but for intel fanboys this is great news! if it can match amd's a8, then dont count intel out of the apu arena...they have enough cash to catch back up in the game.
+3 #5 K3000 2011-09-15 21:19
I like it that both AMD & Intel are working hard to make integrated graphics better.

it probably will not match the performance of GTX560 or AMD6870 anytime soon, but if both could deliver integrated graphic solution that can match the performance of a GTX550 or AMD5770 it would be really great
-1 #6 spp 2011-09-16 10:57
We don't want a fanboys fight here plz :-)
0 #7 saneblane 2011-09-16 19:54
i saw some benchmarks of sandy bridge E bridge on tomsharware and their isn't any improvement between i7 3960 vs i7 2600,well i mean maybe a 2 percent improvement but it's irrelevant.
the only good thing it would do is help drop the prices on sandy bridge.Bulldozer has a good chance here.

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