Intel is hoping to bring better graphics, media and video performance to mobiles and PCs with a new lineup of processors that boosts its fifth-generation Intel Core range.
After unveiling its fifth-generation processor family, codenamed "Broadwell," at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year, Intel announced that it had "augmented" its lineup with five new desktop processors and five mobile processors, all geared towards media- and graphics-hungry consumers.
The promise of a better visual experience is underpinned by Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, which Intel is dubbing its "most powerful client processor graphics and media engine." We've known about Iris Pro for some time -- it's Intel's solution for better gaming, faster video editing and lower energy use, without the need for an external graphics card -- but now we're seeing just what this new iteration will bring.
Intel has brought Iris Pro Graphics to a desktop processor in the LGA form factor for the first time -- that's essentially chip-talk for changing the processor's physical structure to ensure a steadier power supply and a sturdier build under the PC's hood.
To talk about the better performance we'll see with the new range, Intel is promising that its flagship desktop processor, the memorably-named Intel Core i7-5775-C, "delivers up to 35 percent better media performance and over 2x better graphics performance" than the previous fourth-generation chip with the older HD graphics processor.
While there's plenty happening at the micro level, it all comes down to the products we'll see come from the chip changes. On that front, Intel says consumers will see "full PC performance in a broad range of desktop form factors, including smaller and thinner Mini PCs and desktop all-in-ones.
In the mobile space, Intel is targeting "gamers and creators on the go" with 5 new mobile processors. Once again, the flagship Core i7 will offer up to 95 percent better media performance and up to twice the 3D graphics performance compared to the current generation processor.
Intel also announced new enterprise-focused products, including a range of Xeon processors targeted at graphics-intensive video applications. Geared towards data centres and cloud-based processing, Intel is promising Xeon will deliver better performance for video transcoding, 3D graphics and HD video streaming -- delivering up to 4,300 simultaneous HD streams in real-time.
What It Means:
In a world trending towards smaller and faster, Intel sets the standard for excellence. With Intel's chips powering the most intricate games on the planet, designers are free to create ever more elaborate and complex digital worlds without worrying about lagging processors.