Intel iGPU Performance Preview

Meet the H57 chipset: it brings digital and analog video outputs to the "Nehalem" based processors, the ones that feature the new iGPU core embedded in the CPU package. The iGPU brings exciting performance improvements to integrated cores, even surpassing AMD and Nvidia's low end discrete parts.

The P7H57D-V EVO is an high end motherboard for the LGA 1156 platform, replacing the P55 offerings from ASUS. It supports both SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 and brings the video outputs. With Intel integrating a GPU in the CPU package, perhaps it is now we will see switchable graphics take off in the desktop.

The test:
  • GeForce G 210 - 8 GB/s bandwidth, DX 10.1
  • Radeon HD 4350 - 8 GB/s bandwidth, DX 10.1
  • Asus P7H57D-V EVO based around Intel's H57 chipset + Pentium GS 6950 2.8GHz@4GHz 3MB L2 Cache with iGPU @ 533MHz, RAM DDR3-1600 - 25.6GB/s bandwidth, DX 10.0
I think you known where I'm going at with the bandwidth thing... Despite the G 210 being a discrete GPU being currently sold in many laptops, it is not a power house and it will take some serious heat from Intel's upcoming iGPU integrated in "Clarkdale" and "Havendale" based parts like the Pentium GS 6950. AMD won't have a competing part soon(read why here)
At the time, I wrote:
In the end, while AMD can still try and push for a higher bandwidth with HT 3.1, which could deliver 25.6GB/s, running 6.4GT/s @ 32bits, it would still have to suffer from more expensive motherboards and a whole new platform. At this point, why not just move a GPU closer to the core, in an Multi Chip Module(MCM) solution, just like what Intel is doing with "Clarkdale"? The MCM solution isn't planned but the APU is. With either route, performance is expected to go up considerably and Intel is looking like it will be the first to capitalize on the early move, courtesy of the MCM solution.
AMD needs the APU ready soon. When it arrives, in the from of the "Llano" core, it will be a very interesting proposition but currently AMD has taken the back seat.
After one year of lackluster innovation in Intel's laptop line, a small revolution is about to occur with the introduction of these new Core i3, i5 and i7 32nm parts with iGPU.

The benchmarks:

  • Intel 533MHz iGPU:  E6518
  • GeForce G 210: E4856
  • Radeon HD 4350: E4681
Resident Evil 5 - 1920x1080 resolution effects LOW:
  • Intel 533MHz iGPU: 19.2 fps
  • GeForce G 210: 13.4 fps
  • Radeon HD 4350: 13.4 fps
World in Conflict: Soviet attack - 1920x1080 resolution effects LOW:
  • Intel 533MHz iGPU: 37 fps
  • GeForce G 210: 31 fps
  • Radeon HD 4350: 30 fps

Some of this advantage does stem from the high resolution used which puts more burden on the smaller available bandwidth of the discrete cards but there's one fact to consider: the Vantage benchmark. Since it was run in the "Entry" preset, the tests were run at 1024x768 and the performance increased still, even more than on the WiC test.
There are a couple more benchmarks available but the picture is pretty clear: if you have bandwidth, make use of it - and that's exactly what Intel is doing. As graphics performance stands, the new GeForce G 210 has just been killed. It still enjoys some advantages like CUDA support and HD video hardware decoding, one that works properly even with Flash player but pure performance was surpassed. It will take more comprehensive tests but it sure is looking good for Intel's next generation graphics.
Want to know the best part? There's a faster iGPU clocked at 733MHz:

Unfortunately it doesn't seem it will be available in laptops but it can provide an interesting performance for someone on a budget desktop.
The new processors will be released on the desktop market in January 7th and soon after into the laptop space.


Anonymous said...

Wow, a 2010 Intel gpu beats a 2008 ATi graphics part.

Tiago Marques said...

When was the last time you could say an integrated part could beat the performance(and by a good margin) from a graphics card that was 13 months old?
IIRC, the Radeon HD 4350 was released in late September 2008.

Anonymous said...

Drivers, drivers without properly one the igpu from intel will be peace of s****

Anonymous said...

Intel will never have proper driver support for games. ATI releases a new WHQL driver every month. I just don't see Intel doing that.

Anonymous said...

Purely from the point of view of integrated graphics, this is a -very- impressive result; however, from the point of view that it is a graphics solution -on die-, it is an -extremely- impressive result and Nvidia and AMD should be scared (assuming the performance is the same on laptops and assuming good drivers... ;).

Anonymous said...

ATI even with drivers is pice of s****!!! and you know it ;)

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