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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  • CeriseCogburn - Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - link

    Look around a little instead of playing I'm on the internet and too stupid to surf ?

    " I purchased this laptop last year September but recently my computer has problems during start up.Sometimes the window log in screen hangs till you restart the machine.the problem has escalated till now the laptop screen does not display, I wonder what could be the problem.my friends too are complaining of similar cases.... "
    " Got this for Xmas, trying to find a better alternative so we can exchange it - suggestions?.."
    " Deja vu, again intentionally badly built notebooks with AMD APUs. Intel must have paid much for the manufacturers to suffocate their competitor...What AMD driver version and crossfire profiles were you using for testing?"


    They have a bad rep across the entire internet mr clueless.


    Read the first two paragraphs above.

    It cannot match the 650M in the article above: " The performance of the Dual Graphics solution depends greatly on the driver support for the used games. In some games the performance may even degrade by 10-15% compared to using only the APU graphics card. Only in best case scenarios the performance of a GT 640M is possible. Therefore, due to the micro stuttering and performance problems, Dual Graphics may impose more problems than bring performance gains. "

    LOL- now you might know why...
  • CeriseCogburn - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    Braindead fartboy much ?

    Somehow you morons jumped down to the not reviewed here HD4000....

    I guess you people are so emotionally corrupt with amd fanboy brainfarts, that you just cannot follow along....

    THIS HERE ARTICLE " Intel used a mobile customer reference board in a desktop chassis featuring Haswell GT3 "

  • Wwhat - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    "Intel wouldn't let us report performance numbers"

    See at that point you say 'OK we'll do a 4 line blurb then without video and pictures'
  • Spunjji - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    I wouldn't exactly call this an in-depth review..! Be fair to them, it's usually better to present the information you're given with context than to omit in entirely. Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    Wow another CEO boss from the ranks of the angry intel hating proletariat.

    Was it wrong for the dude to check all the settings himself then run the game on both, to make as certain as was possible it wasn't all a big fat sham ?

    Sorry fascist, I'm glad the dude is out there, doing what the dude does.
  • Wwhat - Friday, January 11, 2013 - link

    Do you even look at what you comment? Reply
  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, January 13, 2013 - link

    Yes I do, I read it all over and over again.

    You should all my comments too.
  • R3MF - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    in short, is this going to be available to average joe buying a 2013 ultrabook from best buy - every bog standard i3 and i5 ultrabook gets the same gpu as premium i7 SKU's - or will it be reserved to people dropping $1500 on a premium ultrabook? Reply
  • thebluephoenix - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    Pentiums and Celerons: GT1, 10 Shaders
    Standard mobile CPU-s: GT2 aka HD4600, 20 Shaders
    High End CPUs: GT3 - 40 Shaders and Crystallwell eDRAM (~64MB).
  • R3MF - Thursday, January 10, 2013 - link

    my worry is that the everyday Haswell i5 will only have the GT2 gpu, and that intel will break with Core series tradition in ensuring that all ultra-mobile parts come with the high-end gpu.

    if they have broken with this tradition it will be a great shame, and there are rumours that they have due to the expense of GT3.

    from the PoV of someone with an i5 3217U ultrabook today, say $750, there would be little interest in haswell (GT2) and little incentive to upgrade.

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