Intel's Iris Technology Will Get You Excited About Integrated Graphics

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thinsoldier

WILL IT RUN TORCHLIGHT 2 and Mark of the Ninja?

I've installed those 2 games on a dozen $350 - $600 laptops running intel and amd vision in the last 6 months and NONE of them run acceptably (I'm not in the U.S. so maybe those machines only cost $250 to $400 states-side)

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jedisamurai

They were talking about "FINALLY REALLY GREAT INTEGRATED GRAPHICS!!!!" when I was a teen, and every integrated graphics card since has been a joke. Don't hold your breath.

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aarcane

I remember having the top of the line intel i740 desktop performance graphics card back in the day. I can tell ya from personal experience, when intel says gaming and graphics in the same sentence, it's time to laugh!

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aarcane

Oops, dp

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digitaldoc77

These claims of 17 times the performance don't mean much. The old integrated x3100 Intel graphics were quite weak, and 17 times that garbage is still not worth much.

I will say my current notebook has the HD4000 graphics, and these are at least passable.

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Engelsstaub

As a person who most often uses and prefers a laptop, I find this pretty exciting. 17x faster video conversion? Yes, please.

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Hey.That_Dude

We'll see what Kaveri makes out of this. AMD's integrated are always better. That's why their CPU's suck.

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AFDozerman

Still waiting on kaveri to come set the bar truly high.

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tony2tonez

I have been holding off in a ultra book until Haswell came out. It might seen well worth the wait.

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dgrmouse

I changed my stance on discrete graphics in laptops from must have to must not have a couple of years ago, so I can appreciate where you're coming from. Unless you're a gamer, Intel's integrated graphics have been quite alright for a while now, but Haswell is still going to be a huge upgrade. I can't wait to see what battery life looks like on the next wave of machines.

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tony2tonez

I am not looking at it for gaming. Although a plus. But its mostly for my wife and photoshop. For post processing. Which sounds like haswell will help.

Now 1920x1080 IPS. And 256 ssd. And I'm buying two. Hey I need a laptop as well.

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AFDozerman

I really just don't buy the "good enough for normal use" stance on Intel's most recent graphics even. I have been tinkering with my wife's new laptop with IVB, and I can say that even scrolling with Chrome and IE is still pretty choppy. It's noticable; especially on higher than 1920X1080 screens.

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Renegade Knight

I haven't had this issue on current generation integrated graphics on a thinkpad. I don't use that laptop for "power" uses and it holds up well for "normal".

I suspect the issue is elsewhere. Drivers. Bloatware etc.

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Cregan89

There must be some other issue there... IVB shouldn't have issues scrolling websites at 1080p (think about it, tablets and smartphones can smooth scroll at 1080p+).

Your browsers either aren't GPU accelerating the pages, or there are GPU driver issues. Try IE10 (I find it has the most consistent GPU acceleration), and if there's still issues play around with the drivers.

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big_montana

Intel graphics offerings have always sucked, but how does iris compare to Nvidia and AMD integrated offerings, if it can compare at all?

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dgrmouse

big_montana asked, "how does iris compare to Nvidia and AMD integrated offerings, if it can compare at all?"

The PR slide leaked on another popular tech site said that the e version with 256 MB of SRAM just edges out a 650M in 3dMark and is competitive in other benchmarks.

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Hey.That_Dude

That would mean that they MORE than doubled the performance in 3d Mark. If that was so, I think the company would be all over that claim. (Think more along the lines of quadrupled... if you don't think they'd be all over that in a heart beat, you're crazy)

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wumpus

From what I understand the last round mostly depended on how much power you wanted to consume. On desktops the AMD A10 was king, but that same design had roughly the same pixel/W ratio as Intel (at least once the voltages and clocks were setup for a notebook). I would carefully check between power and heat limited conditions and more typical desktop competitions and the possiblity of the "winner" changing depending on the setting.

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dherrick12

I believe it should be GT3/GT3e Paul.

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dherrick12

I believe it should be GT3/GT3e Paul.

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ZombieKiller

One of the 4th Gen Core i processors in the Intel NUC could become a cheap, fairly fast and very small STEAM box!

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