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Intel Haswell’s integrated GPU runs Skyrim on 1920×1080 – fluently

Posted at 12 September 2012 12:10 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel showed that the integrated GPU of the Haswell CPU is able to run the game Skyrim fluently on a resolution of 1920×1080. During IDF, Intel is showcasing the Haswell CPUs which will become available next year. Rumors on the chips leaked to the internet before and said that the chips would consume less watts, better graphics and overall performance.

The rumors all seem to become reality as Intel reveals more details on the Haswell chips. During the IDF keynote, Intel already showed that the integrated Haswell GPU was a big improvement over the integrated Ivy Bridge GPU.

They benchmarked the Haswell chip  with the Unigine benchmark and demonstrated that they doubled the performance of the integrated GPU of the  Haswell chip compared to the integrated GPU of Ivy Bridge. When delivering the same performance, the Haswell chip used half of the watss the Ivy Bridge chip consumed.

The Haswell chip that fluently ran Skyrim on 1920×1080 wasn’t specified other than that it was a mobile CPU which was build into a desktop system, however we expect it to be the high end Haswell GT3.

Next to it was an Ivy Bridge notebook which could also run Skyrim fluently but only on a 1366×768 resolution. The options ‘aa’ and ‘8x’ were turned off, the rest of the settings were set on ‘high’. Unfortunately the frame rate on both systems wasn’t disclosed.

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There are 11 comments

Dee
Senior Administrator and Reviewer
Posted on: 14 Sep 12 13:29
    I'm not a gamer, but it will interesting to see if the new GPU also speeds up Quick Sync.
    From what I can gather Intel has already improved the video quality in the Haswell GPU.
    olyteddy
    Senior Moderator
    Posted on: 14 Sep 12 15:52
      Perhaps they've come closer to that holy grail of 23.976 frames/s that is needed for watching movies without stutter.
      Acreo_Aeneas
      MyCE Junior Member
      Posted on: 15 Sep 12 22:22
        That's a pretty vague claim. Sounds like some cheating going on whereby they coupled Haswell with a chipset from nVidia or AMD and decided to claim that Haswell can handle Skyrim on high settings fluently @ 1920 x 1080. *scolds*

        I have my doubts the next HD generation of graphics from Intel does that much better than the current HD4000 generation. Graphics has never been a high priority for Intel considering where most of their R&D budget is focused on. It may have had a better budget the past few years, but the fact AMD's APUs outperform it in gaming, I doubt most budget gamers will even be considering a Intel HD graphics solution for their needs.
        macnavarra
        MyCE Junior Member
        Posted on: 12 Jul 13 14:58
          Microsoft Expression Encoder 4 works great with quick sync and you can use it with a discreet GPU simultaneous.
          _chef_
          MyCE Resident
          Posted on: 12 Jul 13 17:02
            Still intels GPU cores are "under"weak compared to the GPU power within AMDs APU.
            Kenshin
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 02 Dec 13 14:51
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by _chef_
              Still intels GPU cores are "under"weak compared to the GPU power within AMDs APU.
              Iris Pro in MacBook Pro seems to be fine.
              Albert
              Senior Moderator
              Posted on: 02 Dec 13 15:03
                Quote:
                Originally Posted by Kenshin
                Iris Pro in MacBook Pro seems to be fine.
                Curious: What defines "fine"?
                ChristineBCW
                MyCE Die Hard
                Posted on: 02 Dec 13 15:26
                  We haven't had any good success with Haswell driving two 1920x1200 monitors. They seem to handle dual 1920x1080s, but not the 1200s. That's why God invented the $50 video card, I suppose.
                  alan1476
                  Administrator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
                  Posted on: 02 Dec 13 16:53
                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by ChristineBCW
                    We haven't had any good success with Haswell driving two 1920x1200 monitors. They seem to handle dual 1920x1080s, but not the 1200s. That's why God invented the $50 video card, I suppose.
                    I am running 2X 680GTX Nvidia GPUs in SLI and it handles anything I throw at lt, But then again with my water cooling setup and the cards , I have spent more than 4 of Intels Haswells cost. It will be interesting to see how the heat is handled in these new Haswells.
                    ChristineBCW
                    MyCE Die Hard
                    Posted on: 02 Dec 13 17:00
                      In lieu of fireplaces, coal-fired heaters, etc, you open up your PC?
                      Dee
                      Senior Administrator and Reviewer
                      Posted on: 02 Dec 13 19:27
                        For anyone interested.
                        Here are the CineBench OpenGL score for Haswell 4770K with HD4600 graphics.
                        Note: The Iris Pro graphics are more powerful.

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