CHIPMAKER Intel's incoming Gen11 iGPU looks set to give AMD's APUs a run for their money, if leaked benchmark scores are anything to go by.
First shown off back in December, Intel's Gen11 integrated graphics are "designed to break the 1 TFLOPS barrier". They'll appear in the firm's upcoming 10nm Sunny Cove-based Ice Lake CPUs later this year and will be the last generation before Gen12, which will form the basis for Intel's discrete GPU lineup.
While Intel hasn't offered up much more information about its Gen11 GPU, leaked GFXBench and CompuBench benchmarks, spotted by Tom's Hardware, show Intel's Gen11 GT2 embedded in a mysterious 15W chip and pitted against the Gen9 GT2, the Ryzen 2700U and the Ryzen 2400G.
The incoming part, also referred to as the Iris Plus Graphics 940, is, on average, 77.41 per cent faster than Gen9 in the GFXBench 5.0 benchmark and around 62.97 per cent faster than AMD's Vega 10 graphics.
However, as noted by Tom's Hardware, that AMD-trouncing score is "due to the inconsistency with the Manhattan test where Gen11 puts in an unusually high score"; with Manhattan omitted, the performance difference drops to a more modest 44.81 per cent.
When pitted against the Ryzen 2400G with Vega 11 graphics, Intel's Gen11 is only 1.69 per cent faster, and when the Manhattan result is again discarded, AMD's Vega 11 is back on top with a 9 per cent lead.
While leaked benchmarks should always be taken with a pinch of salt, they give a good indication that next-gen notebooks and ultrabooks will offer much improved integrated Intel graphics performance, and could see give AMD APUs and Nvidia GeForce MX GPUs some much stiffer competition.
According to Intel's latest estimates, Ice Lake processors packing Gen11 graphics should come to market by the end of the year. µ
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