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Intel’s Next-Generation Iris Graphics Cores

Intel on thursday unveiled its latest integrated graphics core codenamed “Iris Graphics”. Iris Graphics has many advanced computing capabilities and has significantly improved integrated graphics capability, which brings Intel closer to the giants of graphics manufacturers like Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia.

Intel Corporation on May 1, released its latest graphics product Iris Graphics and Iris Graphics Pro for ultrabooks, thin-and-lights, and mainstream PCs. According to the Intel officials, the Iris Graphics will provide 2X GPU performances over Ivy bridge chips and advanced and faster QuickSync for encoding and decoding of MPEG, faster video rendering, 3-screen collage mode display mode, 4K UltraHD display resolution and so one.


There is support for Microsoft DirectX 11.1 technology for supporting HD gaming and OpenCL 1.2 for supporting parallel programming tools.

Iris Graphics will be integrated with the Intel’s latest 4th Generation Processor codenamed Haswell microarchitecture at 22nm process. Haswell will support OpenGL 4.0 for advanced application programming interface.

Actual amount of improvement on the graphics support will depend on the chip included in system and system itself. Iris Graphics system is expected to launch with many variety of chips with varying amount of power drawing as little as 7 watts.

With upto two times the graphics performance over the existing fastest mobile Intel HD Graphics, Iris Graphics will bring next generation life to the mobile computing devices with an eye-popping visual improvement without any external dedicated graphics support.

Intel will release its different Graphics Cores integrated with its 4th generation Core-i series processors:

  1. Iris Graphics 5100 with 40 execution units.
  2. Iris Graphics Pro 5200 with 40 execution units with on-package eDRAM cache
  3. HD Graphics 4200/4400/4600 with 20 execution units at different clock-speeds
  4. HD Graphics 5000 with 40 execution units at low clock-speed
  5. Intel HD Graphicsintel-iris-small-benefits-small

Haswell processors with Iris Graphics can have the following performance improvement over 3rdCore-i “Ivy Bridge” processors,:

  1. 2X higher 3D performance [in 3DMark 11 benchmark] over currently used Intel HD Graphics supporting the high performing U-series processors with Intel Iris graphics specifically designed for Ultrabooks.
  2. 3X higher 3D performance [in 3DMark 11 benchmark] over existing 3rd Generation Core i-series chips with Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics core will be offered by Core i7/i5 4000-family R-series processors for desktop with Intel Iris Pro graphics with eDRAM onboard.
  3. 2X higher 3D performance [in 3DMark 11 benchmark] for mobile H-series processors over currently used Intel HD Graphics with Intel Iris Pro graphics core with eDRAM onboard, designed for more robust notebook PCs.

If Intel’s predictions about its Iris Graphics are accurate, then Iris Graphics Pro 5200 offering its best performance will deliver a little better graphics performance over AMD Radeon HD 7660D core of the AMD A10-5800K application processing unit.


Intel Iris graphics will be included in 4th generation Intel Core i processors which is a part of Intel’s ongoing commitment to increase media performance and the processor’s graphics support. Since 2006 Intel Corporation has been successful in increasing the processor’s 3D performance by 75 times. Additionally, Intel HD Graphics has advantage in providing a power-optimized user experience even when a discrete graphics card is used through switchable graphics technology.