By John Bonini
You can see it all around E3: Gaming isn’t just about playing anymore. It’s about competition and engaging with the community. As a technology leader in PC gaming, Intel focuses on three things when it comes to making the PC the best place to play: giving developers the tools they need, providing real world performance and anticipating what’s next.
Equipping the Development Community
Developers are delivering epic stories that depend on large-scale character animation, realistic environments and complex game mechanics. They need a consistent and predictable range of gaming performance on PCs to deliver the best experience for gamers. Every year, we reach more than 2 million developers and help bring to market more than 120 PC games. We work side-by-side with developers to provide support across performance and graphics optimization, including game testing and development tools, for a wide range of PCs. At E3, you’ll see the breadth of Intel’s partnerships on display.
Why Performance Matters for Gaming
Intel’s leaders discussed performance leadership at Computex with the special edition 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900KS processor. Coming this holiday, it will make the world’s best gaming desktop processor1even better. For laptop gamers, our 9th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors deliver desktop-caliber performance. Twenty million PC gaming enthusiasts place their trust in us every year to continue pushing boundaries on a spectrum of games, and we’re paying this off with performance advantages from 5 GHz speeds, tuning tools for maximum CPU performance, and expanded platform capabilities including Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) and Intel® Optane™ memory. And, we’re making strides to grow the gaming enthusiast overclocking community with the Intel® Performance Maximizer – coming June 18 – that makes overclocking on desktops more accessible to the masses.
Performance leadership is also about pioneering in areas that others aren’t. We want anyone buying a new PC to be able to have a great gaming experience. I’m saying this as someone who enjoys having options. I game on a custom-built desktop when I’m at home or on my MSI GS65 Stealth laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor when I’m on the move, but I increasingly want a great gaming experience on any PC, including those not purpose-built for gaming.
An example of this is how we improve casual gaming on ultrathin laptops. The new 10th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris® Plus graphics coming this fall will bring nearly 2x2 graphics performance and up to 2x3 faster FPS on many popular titles in 1080p. It’s this type of uncompromised PC gaming experience on any device we’re making the standard.
Shaping What’s Next for PC Gaming
My job at Intel is ensuring we’re always breathing new life into PC gaming by delivering first-rate technology and pathfinding for the future. And here’s what I see coming:
- Gaming is moving rapidly to the cloud, and Intel is enabling more ways for people to access their favorite games. We are collaborating with industry leaders, including Tencent*, PlayGiga*, Gamestream*, and telcos and service providers, to deliver the best cloud gaming experiences for everyone.
- We’re committed to improving the graphics experience of more than a billion people worldwide. For system improvements and smooth playability, we’re making headway by providing Day 0 graphics driver support for the latest titles at launch. Moreover, gamers – based on their hardware – can leverage Intel – Gameplay to find optimal game settings or use the Intel® Graphics Command Center for one-click game optimization.
- And our Honeycomb Glacier concept laptop featuring a companion display is driving form factor innovation for enthusiast gaming laptops.
Making the PC the best place to play requires more than products to drive the industry forward. Intel’s trifecta of hardware development, software enablement and breadth of partnerships positions us to continue to make PC gaming more innovative, while preserving the open ecosystem that defines the space.
John Bonini is vice president and general manager of the VR, Gaming and Esports Group at Intel Corporation.
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1As measured by in-game benchmark mode performance where available, or highest median frames per second (FPS) where benchmark mode is unavailable. PC Gaming Processors Compared: 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K, Intel® Core™ i9-9980XE Extreme Edition, and Intel® Core™ i9-9900X X-series; 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8700K and i7-8086K; and AMD Ryzen™ 7 2700X, AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 2990WX, and AMD Ryzen™ Threadripper 2950X. Prices of compared products may differ. Configurations: Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 TI, Memory: 4x16GB DDR4 (2666 or 2933 per highest speed of the corresponding processor), Storage: 1TB, OS: Windows* 10 RS4 Build 1803, Samsung 970 Pro SSD. Results: Intel® Core™ i9-9900K scored better on the majority of the 19 game titles tested. The Intel® Core™ i9-9900K scored the same as the Intel® Core™ i7-8700K and the Intel® Core™ i7-8086K on “Middle Earth: Shadow of War,” and scored less than the Intel® Core™ i9-9980XE Extreme Edition on “Rise of the Tomb Raider.” More detail on workloads, test methodology, and configurations available at [http://facts.pt/11u9e2].
2Approx. 2x Ice Lake Graphics Performance: Workload: 3DMark11 v 1.0.132. Intel PreProduction ICL U4+2 15W Configuration (Assumptions):, Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 (ICL-U 4+2) PL1=15W TDP, 4C8T, Memory: 2x8GB LPDDR4-3733 2Rx8, Storage: Intel® 760p m.2 PCIe NVMe SSD with AHCI Microsoft driver, Display Resolution: 3840×2160 eDP Panel 12.5”, OS: Windows* 10 RS5-17763.316, Graphics driver: PROD-H-RELEASES_ICL-PV-2019-04-09-1006832. Vs config – Intel PreProduction WHL U4+2 15W Configuration (Measured), Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-8565U (WHL-U4+2) PL1=15W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.6 GHz, Memory: 2x8GB DDR4-2400 2Rx8, Storage: Intel® 760p m.2 PCIe NVMe SSD with AHCI Microsoft driver, Display Resolution: 3840×2160 eDP Panel 12.5”, OS: Windows* 10 RS4-17134.112. ,Graphics driver: 100.6195. Measured by Intel as of April 2019.
3Up to 2x faster FPS: Total War: Three Kingdoms (prerelease Intel internal build), Battle integrated benchmark, 1920×1080 – Fullscreen, V-Sync: off, Low Quality Preset, Resolution scaling: 100%. Intel preproduction system, ICL-U, PL1 15w, 4C/8T, Turbo TBD, Intel Gen11 Graphics, GFX driver preproduction, Memory 8GB LPDDR4X-3733, Storage Intel SSD Pro 760P 256GB, OS Microsoft Windows 10, RS5 Build 475, preprod bios. Vs. Config – HP spectre x360 13t 13-ap0038nr, Intel® Core™ i7-8565U, PL1 20w, 4C/8T, Turbo up to 4.6 GHz, Intel UHD Graphics 620, Gfx driver 126.96.36.19909, Memory 16GB DDR4-2400, Storage Intel SSD 760p 512GB, OS – Microsoft Windows 10 RS5 Build 475 Bios F.26. Measured by Intel as of May 2019.