Intel's annual developer forum officially kicks off tomorrow, but Santa Clara has already begun talking up its next-gen Ivy Bridge chipset.
As Anand Lal Shimpi notes, Sandy Bridge is Intel's first high-end architecture to integrate a GPU on-die, which is currently available in two iterations: GT1 (primarily desktop) with 6 EUs (processors/execution units/cores) and GT2 (mobile) with 12 EUs.
Of course, there is also a "less featured" version of GTI that Santa Clara has dubbed "Intel GD Graphics," which can be found in Sandy Bridge Pentium and Celeron CPUs.
In contrast to Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge's GT2 configuration boasts 16 EUs - although it remains unclear how many EUs the GT1 will field.
Intel reps also told AnandTech they expect a 60% increase in 3DMark Vantage scores (performance preset) and a 30% jump in 3DMark '06 scores for GT2.
However, IVB GT1 is projected to receive little more than 10 - 20% performance boost.
"If we look at the 3DMark Vantage data from our Llano notebook review, a 60% increase in performance over SNB would put Ivy Bridge's GPU performance around that of AMD's A8," Lal Shimpi confirmed.
"[However], it remains to be seen how well this translates into actual gaming performance."
Intel's Ivy Bridge is slated to support DX11 (unlike Sandy Bridge), along with OpenCL 1.1, OpenGL 3.1 and accelerated Quick Sync performance (for GT2 IVB).