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Intel Haswell iGPU to support DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 3.2

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Intel Haswell's iGPU set to support DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 3.2 and OpenCL 1.2

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 , February 14, 2012 4:42 PM
    so...many...fails... 3d facepalm...
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    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 
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    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 , February 14, 2012 4:13 PM
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    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 , February 14, 2012 4:58 PM
    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 , February 14, 2012 4:08 PM
    Supposed to be 5X performance increase as well..
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    alvine , February 14, 2012 4:08 PM
    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 , February 14, 2012 4:13 PM
    Quote:
    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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    Netherscourge , February 14, 2012 4:14 PM
    alvinethats all nice but gamers will not use the integrated graphics, I'm just looking forward to faster processors


    It's better than what's currently out there...

    And if my boss buys these for my company PCs, all the better ;) 

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    nukemaster , February 14, 2012 4:16 PM
    While Intel onboard video is nothing special, it is improving at a very fast rate.

    The onboard is still more then a match for the every day use of many users(e-mail and facebook ect).

    I was more then impressed by how it handled video and other every day stuff.
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    alvine , February 14, 2012 4:20 PM
    fazers_on_stunWhat 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.



    I think thats already possible on Asus motherboards
    look up "LucidLogix Virtu"
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    thor220 , February 14, 2012 4:22 PM
    It'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.
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    de5_Roy , February 14, 2012 4:34 PM
    i see no mention of 4k display support... may be the display oems and intel had a little 'discussion'...
    although intel's igpu seems impressive from design and spec perspective, intel's driver development team will happily butcher the igpu's performance. intel has the worst graphics driver support. and there's this little issue of playing 23.976 fps videos....
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    de5_Roy , February 14, 2012 4:42 PM
    so...many...fails... 3d facepalm...
    Quote:
    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 
    Quote:
    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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    Kewlx25 , February 14, 2012 4:54 PM
    mikenygmailWrong again, an A8 APU equipped gaming computer is far more powerful than any Intel CPU + GPU combination. The A8 is also far more efficient.


    You lie like the MPAA/RIAA about SOPA.

    A8 does have a nice integrated GPU, but it is no were near as powerful as the Intel chip in the CPU department. Also, the A8 is only ~2x faster than Intels IGP in Sandybridge. Haswell is going to have a much beefier GPU, so we'll see how the A8 stands up to it.

    On the power side of things, the A8 is running ~160watt full CPU+GPU load. Haswell will be only 90watts and we'll see how the performance is once it comes out. Intel and AMD rate TDP a bit differently. Intel is based on peak and AMD is based on average, and Intel still claims a lower TDP.

    I am not talking down about AMD, I love them, but I am being realistic about it.
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    Kewlx25 , February 14, 2012 4:58 PM
    mikenygmailThere's a reason AMD is able to raise the price for their existing APU's - Intel can't compete, period.


    AMD A8 - $140
    Intel Sandybridge IGP - $250

    Intel doesn't even try to compete on price because they don't have to.
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    salgado18 , February 14, 2012 4:58 PM
    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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    yorgos , February 14, 2012 5:01 PM
    alvinethats all nice but gamers will not use the integrated graphics, I'm just looking forward to faster processors

    stupid comments will be stupid.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/CPU-GPU-APU-fused-processor-performance-boost,14653.html#xtor=RSS-181
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    danwat1234 , February 14, 2012 5:09 PM
    Mmmm folding on the Haswell GPU and the CPU at the same time. Uber power efficient
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