Intel Haswell iGPU to support DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 3.2

On February 10th, a leaked slide showed Intel's tick-tock approach in full swing with the Haswell 22nm core-based processor, planned for 2013. With Ivy Bridge nearing release, we are now learning a little more about Haswell's integrated GPU (iGPU) from a leaked slide by Turkish website DonanimHaber.

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Haswell's iGPU will feature support for DirectX 11.1, which takes advantage of application programming interface (API) optimization to improve performance for users. DirectX 11.1 will be available with the release of Windows 8. Also, it will feature digital display repartition, where digital display ports are wired directly to the CPU and analog displays are handled by a Random Access Memory Digital-to-Analog Converter (RAMDAC) located in the Platform Controller Hub (PCH). With current Intel iGPUs, all display functions are handled by PCH over the Flexible Display Interface (FDI). This design change will help reduce any possible bottlenecks with higher resolution digital outputs while maintaining analog display quality.

In addition, it will support OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.2, which will improve performance in certain general purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU) supported applications. The iGPU will feature new Auto-Stereoscopic 3D (AS3D), which will provide 3D support that is typically only available through the use of discrete GPUs. It will support up to three independent displays: HDMI 1.4, DVI, Display Port, VGA.

Please keep in mind, of course, that the information is from an unverified source by DonanimHaber. We won't know for sure until Intel shows its hand. Stay tuned!

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  • de5_Roy
    so...many...fails... 3d facepalm...
    99797 said:
    Wrong again, an A8 APU equipped gaming computer is far more powerful than any Intel CPU + GPU combination. The A8 is also far more efficient.

    a8 apus are mostly 100w apus that can be easily outclassed by a pentium g620/860 and a 6570/6670/6750. remember you said 'a8 apu (no mention of a 6670 or any crossfirable gfx card) vs any intel cpu+gpu'. :D
    99797 said:
    There's a reason AMD is able to raise the price for their existing APU's - Intel can't compete, period.

    you have that backwards. intel is able to raise their cpu prices because amd is currently incapable of competing.

    i'll reserve my opnion on trinity and piledriver until they launch and get tested.
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  • fazers_on_stun
    177093 said:
    thats all nice but gamers will not use the integrated graphics, I'm just looking forward to faster processors :D


    What I'm hoping for is that Haswell and the mobo chipset will be smart enough to switch between the IGP (low power consumption) and a discrete GPU depending on the GPU processing power needed for the job. IIRC a high-end discrete card still consumes lots of power when idle, or virtually so, in the case of browsing the web, etc where you don't need much GPU power anyway.

    I probably spend at least as much time browsing & other stuff as I do gaming.
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  • salgado18
    thor220It's getting really annoying how intel is slapping i on everything. We have ipads, iphohes, icarly, ipad, i-5, ect. Can they at least come up with something that makes it seem different.

    iHope so, but iDont know iF Apple will let them iNvent much more names like iT.
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  • fazers_on_stun
    Supposed to be 5X performance increase as well..
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  • alvine
    thats all nice but gamers will not use the integrated graphics, I'm just looking forward to faster processors :D
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  • fazers_on_stun
    177093 said:
    thats all nice but gamers will not use the integrated graphics, I'm just looking forward to faster processors :D


    What I'm hoping for is that Haswell and the mobo chipset will be smart enough to switch between the IGP (low power consumption) and a discrete GPU depending on the GPU processing power needed for the job. IIRC a high-end discrete card still consumes lots of power when idle, or virtually so, in the case of browsing the web, etc where you don't need much GPU power anyway.

    I probably spend at least as much time browsing & other stuff as I do gaming.
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