Intel demonstrated a socketed 65W part at GDC 15. It was keen to show off new GPU capabilities, so the rig was hooked up to a Dell 5K display. The company described the chip inside as a “5th generation Core LGA-socketed CPU with Intel Iris Pro graphics.
Intel also pointed out that its GPUs have come a long way in recent years, with a performance increase of nearly 100 fold since 2006.
It remains unclear what we can expect in terms of 14nm desktop SKUs. Iris Pro is a good GPU, but for many enthusiasts who rely on powerful discrete graphics and high-end CPUs, it doesn’t make much of a difference. However, the new manufacturing process could allow the company to squeeze more GPU performance into low-end, low-wattage parts, where it makes much more sense.