Intel attended the Game Developers Conference this year with a new Broadwell based CPU. A socketed and unlocked 65W desktop processor is on the way, which is good news enough for overclockers everywhere. The microprocessor manufacturer has also equipped this processor with Iris Pro graphics, just because it wants people to mess around with that as well.
The new unlocked Intel Core i7 should be available in mid 2015, but that was not all that the company had in store. It also had the new Intel Core i7 powered NUC system on display. We reported on this particular new NUC before, although new details have appeared that indicate it has support for M.2 SSDs and 802.11ac WiFi connections. This new machine is expected to arrive in April 2015.
Intel has also partnered with Raptr, a PC gaming utility, to provide a better gaming experience when running on Intel graphics. Raptr is essentially a third utility for optimising graphics settings, and it is now adding support for Intel’s integrated graphics. It will also make use of Intel Quick Sync technology to provide smoother gameplay recording and streaming.
How many people will actually make use of this for Intel graphics is questionable, but it is interesting to see how hard the company is pushing into the gaming space.