GPU Performance

With a modest increase in EU hardware (20 EUs up from 16 EUs), the Intel HD 4400 GPU in the Core i7-4500U I’m testing today isn’t tremendously faster compared to the HD 4000 in the i7-3517U. On average I measured a 15% increase in the subset of game tests I was able to run in Taipei, and a 13% increase in performance across our 3DMark tests. The peak theoretical increase in performance we should see here (taking into account EU and frequency differences) is 19%, so it doesn’t look like Haswell is memory bandwidth limited just yet.

Bioshock Infinite - Value

Bioshock Infinite - Mainstream

Metro: Last Light - Value

Metro: Last Light - Mainstream

Tomb Raider - Value

Tomb Raider - Mainstream

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark (2013)

Futuremark 3DMark06

If we throw 35W Trinity into the mix, HD 4400 gets closer but it's still far away from 35W Trinity performance:

GPU Performance Comparison
  Metro: LL - Value Metro: LL - Mainstream BioShock Infinite - Value BioShock Infinite - Mainstream Tomb Raider - Value Tomb Raider - Mainstream
Core i7-3517U 15.4 fps 6.0 fps 16.4 fps 7.0 fps 20.1 fps 10.2 fps
Core i7-4500U 14.5 fps 6.5 fps 17.4 fps 9.9 fps 24.6 fps 12.2 fps
A10-4600M 16.8 fps 8.0 fps 25.8 fps 10.0 fps 30.1 fps 12.7 fps

For light gaming, Intel’s HD 4000 was borderline reasonable. Intel’s HD 4400 takes half a step forward, but it doesn't dramatically change the playability of games that HD 4000 couldn't run well. Personally I’m very interested to see how the 28W Iris 5100 based Haswell ULT part fares later this year.

CPU Performance Final Words


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  • broccauley - Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - link

    Were Acer not known for their "Timeline" series of laptops which were known for groundbreaking battery life? Reply
  • smilingcrow - Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - link

    Apple are claiming dramatically improved battery life. Reply
  • deeps6x - Sunday, July 14, 2013 - link

    I just don't get why Intel caved to MS pressure and made touchscreen a requirement for Haswell. Everyone I know who does image editing insists on doing it on a matte screen.

    Metro was a huge mistake.

    Gaah, just too pissed about this to make a coherent comment.

    I want haswell with a matte screen and 13 and 15 inch 'ultrabook' size options. I guess manufacturers will just have to invent some new name to call their matte screen ultrabooks. Perhaps just call them 'laptops' and say screw you and your goof ass naming rules Intel.
  • Xenon14 - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    It would be useful to see productivity and multithreaded benchmarks like Excel and Fritz. It'd be nice if you provide a few charts with higher TDP Cpu's so we can see the relative performance differences. Reply
  • Synaesthesia - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    Wow Anand you delivered! Once again such an in-depth analysis of EVERYTHING relevant to the platform. Nowhere else can I find this information! Reply
  • uditrana - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    Except for one thing. How did they change the backlighting in the S7. I am really interested in knowing. Reply
  • n13L5 - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    yeah, they did a good job doing that on location and before anyone else :D Reply
  • meacupla - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    That's great news.

    Now, I can't wait to see it in surface pro.
  • B3an - Sunday, June 9, 2013 - link

    Yeah Surface Pro with one of these, in a thinner and lighter design (should be possible now) with Windows 8.1 = ultimate device. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Monday, June 10, 2013 - link

    Or the Thinkpad Helix! Reply

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