Developer's Guide for Intel® Processor Graphics for 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors

Intel Processor Graphics Developer's Guide for 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics

Introduction

This guide was created to assist developers in maximizing application performance on new Intel® graphics technologies, primarily focused on the new 4th generation Intel® microarchitecture (codenamed Haswell). The 2nd generation Intel microarchitecture (codenamed Sandy Bridge) was the first to have the graphics processor on the same die as the CPU. The graphics capabilities, generally referred to as “Intel® processor graphics,” has undergone numerous architectural changes that have significantly improved performance over previous generations. With the release of 4th generation Intel™ Core™ processors, developers have a new set of powerful graphics capabilities. This guide gives a high-level overview of the graphics hardware architecture and best practices for using DirectX* and OpenGL* on Intel processor graphics.

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To read the Graphics Developer's Guide for 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics, download Intel Processor Graphics Developer's Guide for 4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics. [PDF 1.17MB]

Download the Latest Intel® HD Drivers

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

Web site and Engineering support

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 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.

Previous Developer's Guides

For Developer’s Guides to generations of Intel graphics hardware prior to Ivy Bridge, go to:

3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics Developer’s Guide
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Graphics Developer's Guide
Intel HD Graphics Developer's Guide
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Series 4 Developer's Guide
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Series 3 Developer's Guide

Related Guides

To view the Media Developer's Guide, go to http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-media-developers-guides/.

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