Intel steps up its game by introducing a new integrated graphics processor—code named Iris—which can be found on the company’s new batch of fifth-gen Intel core chips. This new GPU takes onboard graphics to a new level as it leverages up to 48 execution units and 128MB of embedded DRAM on an LGA desktop chip. You’ll benefit from improved media performance, including enhanced 4K support, smoother gaming, and twice the 3D graphics performance over its predecessors.
Mobile gaming is growing rapidly with the advent of Sony’s Playstation Vita and an ever-expanding array of mobile devices including the iPad, iPhone, and a variety of Android phones and tablets. Each of these devices is capable of accessing a dedicated marketplace, giving the user the ability to browse and download a variety of games and applications.
When considering gaming and computing, most thoughts will turn to large desktop systems with SLI/Crossfire graphics cards, double digit RAM and high-end Intel® XEON™ eight-core processors. Some will argue that certain precisely configured laptop systems can come close to delivering a satisfying gaming experience.
Gamers like gifts just like anyone else. But it’s those special gifts that enhance their gaming enjoyment that are really appreciated. Let’s take a look at some of the hottest gifts for gamers this year.
Netbooks are great when you need a mobile computer that’s as lightweight as possible. But they leave much to be desired when it comes to computing horsepower. Netbooks simply don’t have enough oomph to run processor-intensive applications such as video encoding, CAD/CAM, gaming or music-production software.
Gaming, on the PC platform, used to be reserved for desktop systems. Notebook computers simply weren’t powerful enough. But today, notebook computers are more powerful than they need to be even for high-end gaming. A good example is the ASUS G74SX, available in two trim levels, the G74SX-A1 and G74SX-A2.