Haswell isn't expected to launch until the beginning of June in desktops and quad-core notebooks, but Intel is beginning to talk performance. Intel used a mobile customer reference board in a desktop chassis featuring Haswell GT3 with embedded DRAM (the fastest Haswell GPU configuration that Intel will ship) and compared it to an ASUS UX15 with on-board NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M. 

Despite the chassis difference, Intel claims it will be able to deliver the same performance from the demo today in an identical UX15 chassis by the time Haswell ships.

The video below shows Dirt 3 running at 1080p on both systems, with identical detail settings (High Quality presets, no AA, vsync off). Intel wouldn't let us report performance numbers, but subjectively the two looked to deliver very similar performance. Note that I confirmed all settings myself and ran both games myself independently of the demo. You can be the judge using the video below:

Intel wouldn't let us confirm clock speeds on Haswell vs. the Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) system, but it claimed that the Haswell part was the immediate successor to its Ivy Bridge comparison point. 

As proof of Haswell's ability to fit in a notebook chassis, it did have another demo using older Haswell silicon running Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in a notebook chassis. 

Haswell GT3e's performance looked great for processor graphics. I would assume that overall platform power would be reduced since you wouldn't have a discrete GPU inside, however there's also the question of the cost of the solution. I do expect that NVIDIA will continue to drive discrete GPU performance up, but as a solution for some of the thinner/space constrained form factors (think 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, maybe 11-inch Ultrabook/MacBook Air?) Haswell could be a revolutionary step forward.

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  • ImSpartacus - Sunday, January 13, 2013 - link

    Perhaps at 720p, but this is 1080p. The lack of memory bandwidth would cripple the 650M. Between Crystalwell and potentially overclocked RAM, it's clear that GT3e's numbers could be artificially inflated. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Monday, January 14, 2013 - link

    Another one that requires PROOF due to absolute ignorance and being INCORRECT too.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/origin-pc-eon1...

    LOL - just make it up in your imaginary bandwidth limited gourd

    You people are CLUELESS.

    Do you see that ? 1920x1080 no AA 57.6 fps
    Reply
  • ciparis - Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - link

    You didn't read the article very well. Anand confirmed the settings, and ran both games himself separately from the demo. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    AND also said he cannot report the "numbers".
    Instead he gave the not so vague "impression".

    No matter, the braindead haterz will always deny reality even after it is 100% obvious, as then they switch to some other gigantic inconsistent far out whining.
    Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    ummm, what? Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    Don't worry, you'll be clueless forever, even after the Haswell release. Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    No, your comments are just genuinely poorly written and difficult to follow. I'm honestly uncertain what you were trying to say. Reply
  • Spunjji - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    Cerise is off the meds again... Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    If either of you read the article, paid attention, or had two watts upstairs to use you'd follow along just fine. Reply
  • Spunjji - Monday, January 14, 2013 - link

    I do. You're making more assumptions than the people you're criticising for making assumptions. Chill out. Reply

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