Processors with Intel’s HD Graphics 4600 engine should offer notably better 3D performance than today’s HD Graphics 4000, though most enthusiasts purchasing unlocked K-series parts won’t even notice. An additional four execution units and a maximum dynamic frequency 100 MHz faster than Core i7-3770K are only good for incrementally-faster frame rates—but nothing that’ll replace discrete graphics (seems to be the conclusion we draw every generation, huh?). As before, desktop gamers will continue buying graphics cards.
The mobile space is where Intel’s efforts should become more apparent…and it has something for that market we anticipate will give AMD’s and Nvidia’s entry-level GPUs a serious run. CPUs with the GT3 graphics engine will only be available in BGA packaging, though.
Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell engineer sample gets benchmarked
Posted on Monday, Mar 18 2013 @ 13:30 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck