Intel's Next IGP Slated to Run Sims 3

Is Intel now focusing on the PC gamer? That's what a recent slide reveals, posted over on According to the image, Intel's next-generation integrated graphics processor will focus on the larger mainstream and casual gaming markets. Simply called the Intel HD within the slide, the next-generation IGP will be capable of playing The Sims 3, World of Warcraft, Battlefield Heroes, and even a Nancy Drew title.

While it may sound like we're dripping with sarcasm, we're really not. Previous helpings of Intel-based IGPs haven't been real winners, especially when it comes to PC gaming. If Intel has any hope of gaining some kind of market in the gaming industry, it will need to crank out an IGP capable of 1080p video and DirectX 11-capable graphics.

As it stands now, the upcoming Intel HD Graphics IGP will accompany Intel's Westmere CPUs. The "enthusiast" gamer may be left in the dark however, left to choose between ATI and Nvidia hardware. As for cost, the slideshow didn't specify, however if it's slated for the mainstream and casual gamer, the cost should be relatively cheap.

We're betting more info will appear next month at CES 2010.

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  • mi1ez
    a) where is this slide from with non dictionary words underlined?!

    b) what year are we talking?
  • wild9
    You know, I've got nothing against people trying to innovate, but I just cannot understand why Intel is only now recognising where most of the market is.

    For years, AMD has been bashed to oblivion despite having world-class hardware (especially in the server and super-computer sectors) and despite AMD being tiny compared to Intel. AMD still beats Intel hands down when it comes to price/performance; anyone with a 785g chipset and an Athlon II x4 probably realises just how good that ration is..nothing can touch it and the games Intel has only just realised people are playing more? We've been here already..years ago..AMD and nVidia picked up on it.

    And yes, some people still delight in bashing AMD, citing i5's and i7's as being the best thing since sliced bread..they're still doing what Intel did a couple of years ago and not fully understanding where most of the market for home computing is. I reckon that by the time Intel even gets close to a stable IGP with decent gaming, that AMD will already be at the next level..with nVidia close behind. Intel's only hope of catching up is to cut it's losses and get some decent development teams.

    The recent economic storm has hit everyone hard, and that coupled with putting so many resources into x86 ventures may deplete Intel of some of the necessary resources it needs to play catch-up. Whatever the reason, until it can produce cheap, reliable and stable chipsets right across the board and at a reasonable price, it's simply a case of me going elsewhere. I am not affiliated with AMD or nVidia but from a business and domestic viewpoint I've been running systems from these people for years, day in day out and often under relentless heavy load..solid as a rock under anything I throw at them. The Intel hardware whilst being very good on the CPU front just cannot compete overall and it costs time, effort and money to rectify these problems just because the client insisted on having a particular spec.

    By the time Intel releases something it thinks will be capable, that triangle will be even bigger..and even more of it coloured green. Anything AMD loses in terms of syntethic CPU performance will continue to be nullified by it's chipsets because they did their homework :)
  • malphas
    Most of the market? Most people are using their computers for IE/Firefox and iTunes, not games.