Intel Planning HD 4000 Firmware Update for April – 10% Performance Increase

Posted by at 4:41 pm on April 1, 2013

intelsandybridge-mobilelg1Intel says that it is preparing an update for the integrated HD 4000 GPU found in  its third-generation mobile ‘Ivy Bridge’ Core processors, reports Ultrabook  News. The firmware update will fix bugs while also boosting performance by  up to 10 percent while simultaneously improving battery life. The update, which  is scheduled to arrive in April, will be welcome performance boost for  ultrabook  owners and others who depend on Intel’s integrated graphics for their  systems.

Intel’s reps, speaking at the Game Developers  Conference, said that the update (v. 15.31) is tailored for its next-generation   ‘Haswell’ chips due in the second quarter, but it is being  made available now for ‘Ivy Bridge’ users. The new drivers also add support for  OpenCL 1.2, which should further supplement the graphics power  of its integrated HD 4000 GPUs. The integrated GPU in the forthcoming Haswell  processor will double the graphics performance of the HD 4000.

For  Windows users, Intel’s update utility can check for and install firmware updates for  its componentary.

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