Intel Brings Iris Pro To Desktop Processors – Broadwell-K Socket 1150 CPUs Will Have GT3 Graphics

The 4th generation Intel Core processors (Haswell) are nearly half a year old and some enthusiasts can’t wait for Broadwell-K to come out in late 2014 or early 2105. Broadwell will only work on motherboards with Intel 9 series chipsets as Intel made a number of changes with the power specifications for LGA1150 and moved some power components off the CPU and back to the motherboard. At IDF 2013, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich noted that there will be some nice performance gains with Broadwell and a 30-percent improvement on power consumption versus Haswell. CPU World claims that all of the Broadwell-K processors, the high-end unlocked enthusiast parts, will be featuring Intel Iris Pro (GT3) graphics with 128 MB of integrated eDRAM memory. This would be the first time that Intel would be putting Iris Pro graphics on a socketed desktop processor, which is good news for desktop users. This will certainly bring a welcomed boost to graphics performance and other GPU-related technologies, such as Quick sync video and transcoding. Intel Iris Pro 5000 Graphics are said to double 3D graphics performance on the current generation of processors (4th generation Intel Core i7-4558U processor versus 3rd generation Intel Core i3-3687U processor), so we can only hope for something similar on Broadwell-K in comparison to Intel HD Graphics 4000.

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