Note: The Developer's Guide on this page is for Intel® HD Graphics. For the LATEST Intel Graphics Developer's Guide, go to http://software.intel.com/content/www/us/en/develop/articles/intel-graphics-developers-guides.html/
Intel Graphics is updated in distinct generations. Intel® HD Graphics was introduced in 2010 with the Westmere family of processors in the CPU socket. Earlier generations are known as Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) Series 3 and 4. Each year, more capabilities and better performance are provided by new integrated graphics cores. Intel graphics currently represent the most common graphics solution chosen by new PC purchasers. Therefore, it makes sense to write your 3D applications to take advantage of this broad market and optimize the experience for the greatest number of people.
The Intel Integrated Graphics Performance Developer's Guide provides detailed software development practices for Intel integrated graphics: Intel® HD Graphics as well as two previous generations of the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator with a focus on performance analysis using Microsoft DirectX*. Intel tools useful in optimizing graphics applications are introduced in a section detailing performance analysis with the Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel® GPA).
This document provides development hints and tips to ensure that your customers will have a great experience playing your games and running other interactive 3D graphics applications on Intel integrated graphics. This document details software development practices for Intel® HD Graphics as well as two previous generations of the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator with a focus on performance analysis using Microsoft DirectX*. Intel tools useful in optimizing graphics applications are introduced in a section detailing performance analysis with the Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel® GPA). By following the tips and tricks in this document, you have the opportunity to make your application shine with the graphics volume market leader.
To read the rest of the Intel Integrated Graphics Performance Developer's Guide for Intel HD Graphics, download Intel Integrated Graphics Performance Developer's Guide v2.7.1 [PDF 3.89 MB]
Go to the Support page to download the latest HD Graphics drivers, get FAQ answers and more: http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/highlights/graphics/hdgraphics
Software developers can go to the forum at http://software.intel.com/en-us/forums/ and post questions/comments about the complete line of Intel's Integrated Graphics chipset solutions. If you are a game developer, many useful documents including everything from multithreading to audio, are available at http://www.intel.com/software/graphics. Intel HD Graphics driver support page is here: http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/highlights/graphics/hdgraphics.
For Developer’s Guides to previous generations of Intel graphics hardware, go to:
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Series 4 Developer's Guide
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Series 3 Developer's Guide
To view the Media Developer's Guide, go to http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-media-developers-guides/.
Intel's compilers may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization on microprocessors not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors. Certain optimizations not specific to Intel microarchitecture are reserved for Intel microprocessors. Please refer to the applicable product User and Reference Guides for more information regarding the specific instruction sets covered by this notice.
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