EVEN BETTER INTEGRATED GRAPHICS

Recently Intel has improved their integrated graphics in response to the success AMD has had with their Vega graphics in products like the Athlon 3000G which sold for $49.99 while supplies lasted.

Competition in features has caused Intel and AMD to look at ways to handle market share. NVIDIA dominates the discrete graphics while AMD has been gaining in the digital coin market.

Recent comments from the US treasury describing digital coins as illicit drove valuations down aggressively. The main focus of recent US enforcement is monitoring money laundering and currency exchanges. Anything that drives the prices of video cards down is favorable for gaming.

The Intel Xe work has resulted in much improved graphics since Intel was criticised back with Sandy Bridge. Now the Xe graphics actually have some capability with the launch of Tiger Lake which launched September 20, 2020. Looking ahead suggests that mobile and desktop integrated graphics will compete with AMD more effectively.

The new Tiger Lake launched last week. The quad-core 96 EU die measures 13.6 by 10.7 mm (146.1 mm2), which is 19.2% wider than the 11.4 by 10.7 mm (122.5 mm2) quad-core 64 EU Ice Lake die. The improvement is EU counts has materially improved graphics abilities.

  • At its CES news conference, Intel highlighted how it is driving technology leadership with the introduction of more than 50 processors, resulting in more than 500 new designs for laptops and desktops coming to market in 2021.
  • Intel launched the 11th Gen Intel Core vPro platform and Intel Evo vPro platform, delivering the highest performance and most comprehensive hardware-based security.
  • Intel introduced the new N-series 10-nanometer Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron processors that offer an unmatched balance of performance, media and collaboration for education systems.
  • Intel announced a new line of 11th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors for gaming platforms that deliver an industry-leading balance of mobility and enthusiast-level gaming.
  • Intel also previewed products coming to market later in 2021, including 11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors (code-named “Rocket Lake-S”) and its next-generation processors (code-named “Alder Lake”).

The intel super-fin make up the 11th gen and this makes it the third gen at 10nm. Intel has struggled to get the 10nm line yields up and they have managed to make some progress.

The revenue decline was not as bad as feared. Intel has seen more declines in corporate procurements which was offset by increased demand for laptops.

7NM PROGRESS

Intel has also made progress with the 7nm node having overcome some development issues. 7nm processors should become available some time in late 2022 or 2023. Yields are fair but engineers are still working to take better advantage of the node with updated design tools.

EXISTING HARDWARE

The old R5 2400G processor has Vega 11 graphics which is on par with the Xbox 360 for performance. This allows a fairly substantial array of older games that will run fine at 1920×1080.

Today the studio has a larger selection of video cards but many old card are useless. A video card museum is about all they are good for now. Not long ago, testing the old GTX 690 showed it was far from dead. Playing Halo: MCC was eye opening at 3840×2160. Driver support for the GTX 690 is mature but security is provided for the card and Windows 10.

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