Intel has unveiled new 14nm processors that feature Iris Pro graphics for the first time, including the Xeon E3-1200 v4 for servers, the first LGA socketed desktop Core processor with Iris Pro and Core chips for mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Unveiled at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, many of the new chips come with integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics for the first time, offering increased performance for graphic-intensive workloads such as video transcoding, Intel said.
The Xeon E3-1200 v4 family, for example, integrates the Iris Pro graphics P6300 to deliver what Intel claims is its most powerful data centre graphics capabilities.
With up to 1.4x more performance for video transcoding and up to 1.8x more 3D graphics performance, these new chips are aimed at applications such as online video streaming, but also CAD and engineering workloads that would previously have been performed on a workstation, but are increasingly being centralised onto a server and accessed using a remote screen connection.
In fact, Intel claims that the E3-1200 v4 family can provide workstation-class visual experiences cost effectively to hundreds or even thousands of users. Intel's Graphics Virtualisation Technology (GVT) allows the resources of each processor to be allocated to a single engineer, or shared among many others running less demanding applications.
The Xeon E3-1200 v4 family is comprised of quad-core chips with three graphics cores and clock speeds from 2GHz up to 3.5GHz, and up to 32GB of DDR3 or DDR3L memory across two memory channels.
Intel also added new versions to its 5th Generation Core processor, unveiling five desktop and five mobile processors codenamed Broadwell-H that boast new levels of performance compared with the first Broadwell chips that launched in January, according to the firm.
Among these is the Core i7-5775-C, which is described as its first desktop processor to include Iris Pro graphics in a chip designed to fit an LGA motherboard socket. This makes it capable of twice the graphics performance and 35 percent faster media processing than its 4th Generation counterpart, Intel said, while enabling smaller and thinner Mini PCs and desktop all-in-ones.
On the mobile side, Intel also added new 47W Core chips with the same Iris Pro graphics 6200 capabilities as the desktop parts. These deliver double the compute performance and 3D graphics performance compared to the previous generation. All of the 5th Generation chips are expected to appear in systems within next 30-60 days.
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