Intel Doubles Down on Visual Computing – Meet Intel® Iris™ Graphics

Now more than ever, people are using the visual capabilities of their mobile devices everywhere they go.  Even some of today’s “casual” games have features that were like the stuff of science fiction mere years ago!  Intel has delivered PC graphics capabilities for many years but you may not know that Intel® HD Graphics has grown to become the highest-volume graphics solution on PCs sold today1. Intel is now expanding its range of Intel graphics offerings to support the demand for more stunning visuals in thinner and lighter computing devices. Today we unveil the awesome capabilities of Intel® Iris™ graphics, which will be available on select SKUs of our highly-anticipated 4th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family. With up to a 2X 3D performance improvement2 over today’s fastest mobile Intel HD Graphics solutions, Intel Iris graphics brings next-generation mobile computing devices to life with a built-in, eye-popping visual experience – no extra graphics card required.

Intel Iris graphics delivers unprecedented visual experiences in modern, ultra small notebook PCs. This new graphics lineup brings more choices to consumers and a range of graphics solutions that are optimized for Ultrabooks™, premium notebooks, and desktop all-in-ones (AIOs). The performance improvements will amaze even the hardcore computer geek.

4th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Graphics, when compared to 3rd Gen Intel Core processors, deliver significantly more 3D graphics performance2. Customers will see incredible performance gains such as:

  • 2X 3D performance increase over Intel HD Graphics for the high performing U-series processors designed specifically for Ultrabooks, with Intel Iris graphics.
  • 2X 3D performance increase for Mobile H-series processors (designed for more robust notebook PCs) compared to Intel HD Graphics  with Intel Iris Pro graphics and High Speed Memory (eDRAM)
  • 3X 3D performance increase for desktop R-series processors with Intel Iris Pro graphics and High Speed Memory (eDRAM)

Intel Iris graphics delivers not only stunning 3D visuals but also provides faster, more advanced video & photo editing and brilliant display capabilities through features like Intel Quick Sync Video technology, MJPEG* acceleration, 4K UltraHD display resolution, collage mode display, OpenCL*, DX11.1*, OpenGL4.1* and DX extensions.

If you compare to the installed base, consumers upgrading a four year old notebook with an Intel® Core™2 Duo processor to a new Ultrabook with a 4th Gen Intel Core i5 4200U processor with Intel Iris graphics will experience a significantly better computing experience3:

  • Almost half as thin and half the weight
  • 17X faster video conversion (optimize a video for a social media site)
  • 25X faster graphics performance (playing visually rich, mainstream PC games)

Intel Iris graphics delivered with select 4th Gen Intel Core processor SKUs is part of Intel’s ongoing commitment to increase the processor’s graphics and media performance. 4th Gen Intel Core processors will be available with either new, high-performance Intel Iris graphics or the improved baseline Intel HD Graphics. Since 2006 Intel has increased the processor’s 3D performance by 75X as measured by 3DMark064 and improved our leadership via technologies such as Intel Quick Sync Video technology. Additionally, Intel HD Graphics provides a power-optimized experience even when a discrete graphics solution from another vendor is used through switchable graphics technology. That means that Intel’s commitment to continual improvement of our graphics technologies has resulted in Intel graphics now delivering the visual experience in almost every Intel processor-based notebook sold.

Intel Iris graphics will deliver amazing and vibrant multimedia experiences from stunning 3D visuals and faster, more advanced video & photo editing, support for brilliant 4k UltraHD* displays and high-speed game performance without the need for an extra discrete graphics card. We are excited about what Intel HD graphics brings to your visual experience and think you’ll be impressed with Intel Iris graphics solutions later this year. And, hint hint, we aren’t stopping there.

*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

1 John Peddie Research 2012 Graphics Report, 2/13

2 As measured by 3DMark11*, an industry standard benchmark from Futuremark*

3 Weight and thickness physical system measurement. Graphics performance measured with 3DMarkVantage. CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.7 used to convert is a 6 minute, ~1GB, 1920x1080p, 23738 kbps, MOV video file that one would have obtained from an iPhone 4S. The file is transcoded to a smaller 640×360, H.264, .MP4 file for reduced file size during internet transfers or for viewing on a portable device with lower resolution such as an iPod.

4 3DMark06 is an industry standard benchmark from Futuremark.

3 thoughts on “Intel Doubles Down on Visual Computing – Meet Intel® Iris™ Graphics

  1. Iris appears to be a worthwhile Ultrabook addition especially given she? supports 4K screens. I’ve only seen limited numbers of 4K monitors but I would gamble that Iris produces a very vibrant picture on the right screen as well as any high end Ultrabook screen.

    Most people should know that MediaEspresso 6.7 is a rather affordable program among a long list of software titles that is optimized to work really, really well with current Generation 2 and 3 processors. With hardware acceleration enabled, an Ultrabook (or desktop processor) will fly through a video conversion.

  2. i just expect that it’ll not be more expensive than to buy a nvidia and another processor

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