New graphics driver also supports the new Intel Core M chip with Intel HD 5300 graphics
In a week that saw a whirlwind of product announcements, including the arrival of the first processors based on the chipmaker’s Broadwell architecture, Intel released a major graphics driver update for 4th generation Intel Core processors. The new driver, the release of which went almost unnoticed, is significant not only because of the up to 30 percent improvement in performance that it is supposed to deliver to those rocking Haswell chips, but also because it is also the first to support the new Intel Core M processor with Intel HD graphics 5300.
Rodney Dangerfield was a famous comedian who often lamented he got no respect. What does that have to do with technology? Well, you could consider integrated graphics the Rodney Dangerfield of technology. Integrated graphics have historically been laughably weak for any kind of real gaming, up until Intel announced Iris Pro. You can find Iris Pro graphics in Gigabyte's new Brix Pro system, which we captured on video at CES.
When it comes to gaming, we've always held firm that you could pry our discrete graphics cards from our cold, dead hands, and for the most part, we feel the same way today. However, we have to give props where they're due, and right now Intel deserves kudos for its Iris Pro 5200 graphics, the embedded graphics found on select 4th Generation Core processors (Haswell).