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Intel Ivy Bridge: HD 4000 graphics made for HTPC

Could there be a HTPC setup with the HD 4000 integrated graphics with new processors from Intel Ivy Bridge? The answer is in a test.

Intel recently formalized its first generation of Ivy Bridge processors engraving 22 nanometers. Fifteen quad-core models in all.

Among the novelties brought forward, there is the HD 4000 graphics, which promises a particularly interesting performance.This is what our colleagues wanted to check at AnandTech, by performing measurements on a HTPC setup built around the larger desktop model, the model Core i7-3770k which has been extensively tested .

Their test configuration consisted of the following:
  • Antec TruePower New TP-550 of 550 Watts PSU
  • Asus P8H77-M Pro
  • Intel Core i7-3770k at 3.5 GHz (3.9 GHz max) Processor
  • G.Skill RAM
  • Intel HD 4000 graphics solution at 650 MHz (1150 MHz max)
  • Asus Blu-ray 8x original
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS

CPU / GPU rates according to image quality (Ivy Bridge test HTPC 1)

CPU / GPU rates according to image quality (Ivy Bridge test HTPC 2)

We can see, by the above results, that the integrated graphics can do without a dedicated graphics card, with honorable performance. The solution proposed by Intel has its place in an HTPC type setup. However, it should show its limitations thereafter, with the arrival of 4k4k definition. It will probably take care of it – this is what Intel said – only if well supported by a sufficiently powerful processor. In short, a support which will mainly benefit the owners of Ivy Bridge processors such as the high-end Core i7-3770k.

But for this 4k4k image quality, we expect to try the graphics of the Intel Haswell planned for 2013, 2.5 higher performance and the promise of the first real game graphics from Intel.

You may read the complete test at anandtech.com.

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