updated 06:52 am EDT, Sun March 31, 2013
Intel prepping HD 4000 firmware update for April, will boost performance 10 percent
Intel 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 capabilities 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. Although a number of current MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros incorporate the HD 4000 integrated GPU, Intel has not made any comment as to when it might be made available to those users. It is likely, however, that the update will be rolled into an Apple firmware update in due course.