Intel launches website to help gamers on integrated graphics get a boost in gaming performance

Jos

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Integrated graphics solutions won’t get you far when it comes to gaming, but they’ve evolved to the point that you can actually get decent frame rates in relatively modern games with the right graphics settings. Looking to remove some of the guesswork for gamers on a budget, Intel has set up a site compiling the optimal settings for a bunch of titles based on your Intel IGP.

To get started users must head to gameplay.intel.com and manually select their CPU. Intel will then show you a selection of games that are playable with your chip’s integrated graphics solution, or you can manually search for a particular title, after which you are presented with a screenshot of the in game optimizations and settings recommended by Intel.

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Intel doesn’t mention what kind of performance you can expect, nor what other hardware was used in their test system. But it’s still a good starting point for anyone wanting to find out what games are playable on a given IGP.

While providing gamers with a series of screenshots isn't exactly a sophisticated solution, as it won’t calculate the best settings for your particular system, earlier this year Intel announced a partnership with Raptr that will enable one-click game performance optimization information for Intel IGPs.

Raptr’s optimization engine leans on data gleaned from Intel and AMD’s internal labs and massive performance databases. Gamers can choose between three different optimization settings: frame-rate focused, which will give you the best performance possible at the expense of graphics fidelity; quality-focused, which will maximize visuals while staying above 30fps; and balanced, which finds a sweet spot somewhere in the middle. You can download Raptr here.

Last but not least, it's worth reminding gamers out there to always make sure they’re running the latest drivers for their Intel Iris and HD Graphics.

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Puiu

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You would be surprised at how many people have no idea what those options do and how to optimise them. and there are also many console gamers that try PC gaming and end up having their games look bad for no reason or have unplayable performance.
 
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I half expected this to be about Intel directing users to Nvidia's website.
 

Nero7

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Isn't there a way to increase the vram by somehow providing it with the ram?

Only 800mb of video memory on a I7 4790K is just... for those blessed with more than 8GB of ram they should be able to give it some more no?
 

Evernessince

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Good on Intel for trying to help people out. Chance are, people running integrated graphics aren't hardcore gamers, so I can see this helping many people.

I would be more pleased had Intel released new entry level processors with a better GPU though.
 
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EEatGDL

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Good on Intel for trying to help people out. Chance are, people running integrated graphics aren't hardcore gamers, so I can see this helping many people.

I would be more pleased had Intel released new entry level processors with a better GPU though.
I'm totally with you on your last paragraph: have they released a Broadwell-based i3 or Pentium, based on what we saw in Anand's review: they would be total ***-kickers. Those Broadwell chips seem like a good option for their IGP.
 

SuperVeloce

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Isn't there a way to increase the vram by somehow providing it with the ram?

Only 800mb of video memory on a I7 4790K is just... for those blessed with more than 8GB of ram they should be able to give it some more no?
As far as I know igpu can dynamically allocate more (something up to 1,8gb ram) if needed. Not that you need much more anyways.