Intel previews integrated DirectX 10 graphics core
GMA X4500 promised to deliver 3x 3DMark06 performance
Intel has unveiled the next version of its GMA integrated graphics engine family, a part it claimed will deliver three times the 3DMark06 performance of its predecessors, today's GMA 3100.
Of course, the 3100 isn't Intel's top-performing integrated GPU - that award goes to the GMA X3500 that's built into the company's G35 chipset, but the upcoming GMA X4500 should still deliver a big boost in the benchmarks.
Due to be built into the G45 chipset - presumably part of the 'Eaglelake' family - the X4500 supports DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0. It will also support the emerging HDMI-for-monitors DisplayPort interface standard. HDMI will also be supported for TV connections - complete with HDCP anti-piracy technology - and DVI for compatibility with old screens.
The encryption key management component of HDCP is integrated into the chipset, Intel said, allowing it to claim the part offers "hardware-based content encryption". Almost certainly, this is an off-shoot of the integrated crypto system, codenamed 'Danbury', that Intel will also be pushing at big businesses through the next version of its vPro corporate PC platform.
A new, more advanced version of Intel Clear Video Technology will smooth the playback of content from Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD media.
G45 is expected to be formally launched in Q2 2008. It will incorporate the ICH10 family of southbridge I/O chips.
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Guys, when you compare things it really helps to know the value of one of the things being compared. If I tell you my sister is 3x as old as my niece, it means nothing unless I tell you my niece is 10.
So if this new chipset is going to get 3x the benchmarks of the old one, maybe you could remind us of the old one's marks? Also throw in a quick reminder of what current top-end nVidia & ATI parts are doing.
Then the article will actually tell us something. If 20000 is a good score and the current parts are getting 3000, we know it's a half-baked attempt. If current parts are getting 8000 then the "3x" claim becomes very interesting (and probably unsubstantiated...)
Yeah we can probably look that stuff up ourselves, but you're the one writing the article, you can do this research once so that 1000s of readers (do you actually have 1000s of readers?) don't have to do it individually...
This is a comment that's been lurking in my head for months, maybe years -- you do this all the time. Repair thyselves.