HD4000 Ultrabook Graphics Handle Video-encoding, Portal 2, and HD Video Playback Simultaneously With Ease [video]

Posted on 13 April 2012 by

In 2012 we’ll see the next generation of Ultrabooks featuring the Ivy Bridge platform and integrated HD4000 graphics. Existing Ultrabooks utilize HD3000 graphics which aren’t adequate for recently released blockbuster games (see the ‘Gaming’ section of our Samsung Series 5 review). HD4000 graphics are going to be very welcomed as part of the next generation of Ultrabooks for both gaming and video encoding/decoding purposes. A benchmark from Intel comparing HD2000 and HD4000 graphics gives us an idea of how HD4000 will perform, even if we don’t have a direct comparison to HD3000 yet (note that the benchmark compares desktop processors, but the changes in performance from HD3000 to HD4000 are relevant).

At IDF Beijing 2012, Intel has a demo showing the Ivy Bridge / HD4000 platform running three taxing tasks across three separate monitors simultaneously. You’ll see video encoding, gaming (Portal 2), and HD video playback all at the same time. Quite impressively, the computer handles it with relative ease. NetbookNews shot a video of the demo in action:

The demonstration is using a standard laptop, but the same platform will find it’s way into Ultrabooks that will be launched this year.

  • seb24

    Any date for the first IvyBridge+HD4000 Ultrabook ?

    • Ben Lang

      Intel has said that Ivy Bridge is due out “estimated early Q2 2012”. Given what we’re seeing at IDF Beijing 2012, it sounds like they are still on track for that date.

      • seb24

        I’m waiting for a Samsung 900×4 with Ivy bridge + HD4000. Or an HP 14 Spectre.

    • Chippy

      My estimate for first availability is still June/July.

  • Labelstan

    The chart looks like 2000 to 4000.

    Wonder why they didn’t show 3000? Because it’s closer to 4000 than 2000?

    • DavidC1

      The non-K 2600 chip used in the slide is a popular SKU used by retail markets. That’s why the comparison is like that. Only the 2600K chip uses HD Graphics 3000.

    • Ben Lang

      Thanks for catching this, updated to make it clear.

  • dude

    That’s nice. Too bad all the video encoders out there that make use of Nvidia’s CUDA or Intel’s Quick Sync for video encoding are crappy. 1080p hardware video decoding isn’t new and I highly doubt it supports 10 bit h.264 videos that’s starting to get some attention from video encoding fans. So, I guess, the main improvement is for games.

  • robert

    I am waiting for the new samsung series 9 to be released in germany it still will have sandy bridge and i will feel cheated once they announced a later sandy bridge version lol oh well ..

  • robert

    there seem to be rumours that the samsung series 9 release will be delayed which isnt so nice but the good part is that it will mean its comming with ivy bridge (hopefully just a few weeks delay)

    • seb24

      Cool !! the SAmsung 900×4 it’s a really beautiful ultrabook.

  • bearforce1

    Hi,

    Would anyone know how the 4000 compares to Nvidia cards. What woudl the equivalent Nvidia GTX be?

    • 2J2K

      There is no equivalent in GTX series. HD Graphics 4000 is as good as GeForce GT 525M (3D Mark Vantage P GPU ~3000).

      • bearforce1

        Thanks heaps for helping out. That is really useful to know.

  • seb24 :
    I’m waiting for a Samsung 900×4 with Ivy bridge + HD4000. Or an HP 14 Spectre.

    Those are two I’ve been looking at too. Unfortunately the Samsung was a huge letdown when I realized it doesn’t really have DisplayPort. It has something they’ve labeled “Display Port” but it’s actually a VGA port with a Samsung-proprietary connector. Ultrabooks with HDMI aren’t interesting because they won’t drive a 27″ 2560×1440 display.

    • James

      Output limit isn’t a hardware issue, 2560×1440 and higher has been supported since HDMI 1.3 specification and 1.4 supports 4K resolutions.

      So it’s mainly a software/drivers imposed limit, mainly because they don’t think the HDMI would be used for higher than standard HDTV resolutions and holdovers from DVI support.

      The HDTV industry will be moving towards 4K resolution screens over the next few years though and Windows 8 won’t be imposing resolution limits.

      So hopefully we’ll be seeing systems that can support higher resolution over HDMI soon.

  • 2J2K

    Yeah, on a quad-core system everything runs smooth. I want to see how it works on an ultrabook with a low power, dual-core chip.

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