IGP performance: Battlefield 3
As you may recall, Battlefield 3 tends not to be CPU limited with any of these processors. In that sort of game, the A8-3850 manages to outperform the 3770K any way you measure it.
Still, Intel's new IGP has closed the gap with AMD's Llano substantially. We'd say AMD should be concerned, if we weren't expecting a similar leap in graphics performance from AMD's own upcoming Trinity processor, which should be arriving very soon.
AMD's bigger concern, perhaps, might be what happened in Skyrim. If the CPU portion of the processor becomes a limiting factor, then Intel doesn't have to match the performance of AMD's integrated Radeons in order to provide a better overall gaming chip.
IGP performance: Luxmark
One more crazy experiment before we tie things up. Intel's new IGP supports OpenCL 1.1, so how does it compare to Llano's IGP on that front?
AMD's old IGP is faster in LuxMark than Intel's newer one, but, well, they're both pretty slow—vastly slower than their own CPU cores in this nicely parallel workload, in fact. There is a little bit of performance to be gained by throwing the CPU cores and IGP at the same workload, though. This outcome raises some interesting philosophical questions about the relative worth of the CPU and IGP components of these integrated processors, but we'll save that discussion for a later date.
|The TR Podcast 186: Talking Skylake architecture with David Kanter||8|
|So long, RC4, and thanks for all the fish||0|
|Refreshed Razer Diamondback mouse is ready to strike again||11|
|It's a Labor Day Deals of the Week extravaganza||27|
|SOMA serves up psychological scares deep beneath the waves||13|
|WB Interactive unmasks the latest Batman: Arkham Knight patch||9|
|Acer Revo Build stacks up for a different PC building experience||14|
|Chrome 45 eats less, runs faster, saves energy||27|
|We are live on Twitch talking Skylake with David Kanter||4|