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.
Intel is offering its Iris Pro Graphics on five new desktop and five new mobile chipsets. The company has even embedded its Iris Pro graphics into the 14nm Xeon E3-1220 v4 server processor. As a result, you get enhanced video transcoding and high-definition streaming in data centers, allowing for the implementation of more complex cloud and workstation applications. Whether working on a desktop, Ultrabook™, notebook, or through a workstation, you are sure to see a dramatic increase in graphics performance, thanks to Iris Pro Graphics.
Real Sense 3D Camera
Interact with the real world through you computer in ways you never thought possible with Intel’s new Real Sense 3D Camera. This 3D camera is making its way from desktop PC to tablets and even to smaller devices like phablets (phone-tablet hybrids). Depth-sensing capabilities, 3D scanning, the ability to refocus your pictures after they have been shot, and the ability to take measurements within a picture on your device are just a few of the many features offered by Intel’s Real Sense Camera. You can even interact in 3D with Intel’s Real Sense technology—for example, hand gestures such as a wave or a swipe give you the ability to interact with menus and other options without ever touching the screen. The 3D Real Sense Camera comes equipped with three lenses that are designed not only to track your hand movements but your facial gestures, as well, with the ability to detect smiles and winks, providing a new level of interaction.
An NVIDIA Graphics Card for the Masses
Don’t have $1,000 to shell out on the NVIDIA Titan X? Don’t worry, as NVIDIA has recently announced the GeForce GTX 980 which costs considerably less. The GeForce graphics card is one of the most popular amongst gamers and this card doesn’t disappoint. It features the same Maxwell GPU as the Titan X without the need for liquid cooling, and does so by using fewer shaders and half the memory (6GB) of the Titan X.
But that’s not a limitation that stops this card—it still has the muscle to support 4K gaming and multimedia content, as well as Windows 10 and DirectX 12. Advancements in virtual reality and the release of the Oculus Rift have also put more of a demand on graphics cards. As a result, the GTX 980 comes with a feature called Multi-Resolution Shading, which is designed to render the image at full resolution with a 20-30% increase in performance. With a proposed price tag of $650, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 is set to be the go-to graphics card for almost every type of gamer.