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Valve: New Intel tech means "console-like experience on PC"

By Alec Meer

Thu 06 Jan 2011 8:47am GMT / 3:47am EST / 12:47am PST

Newell hails Sandy Bridge CPU as "a game changer"

Valve boss Gabe Newell took to the stage in support of Intel's new Sandy Bridge PC processor platform at CES last night.

The upcoming second-generation of the Core i7 CPU features on-chip 3D graphics processing, which Intel claims performs better than 40 to 50 per cent of standalone graphics cards on the market.

"It's a real game changer for us," said Newell, claiming that Valve's upcoming Portal 2 had been made with the new processor family in mind. With separate graphics cards installation in theory no longer required, "this allows for a console-like experience on the PC."

"The new 2nd generation Intel core processor represents the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any other previous generation," claimed Intel PC Client Group vice president Mooly Eden.

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Moos Boulogne Quality Assurance Manager, Keyfactor Entertainment GmbH

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What does a "console-like experience" mean on the PC? I doubt he is talking about using a controller to play on your TV set, so what then?

Posted:5 years ago


Dylan House

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Yeah, I have no idea what he's suggesting...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Dylan House on 6th January 2011 9:22am

Posted:5 years ago


Anuj Malhotra Studying Business Management, Imperial College London

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I think he's implying that the functionality of a decent graphics card on a cpu opens the market up to pc owners who don't spend on constantly upgrading hardware. Most cheap computers have integrated graphics processors, which are generally pretty poor, but valve aims its games at almost every spec of PC - going forward if the new intel chip define the standard there's less fiddling with optimisation and lower costs for valve.

Posted:5 years ago


James Finlan Studying Information Systems, University of Manchester

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Have you seen the numbers for it running at 1024x768 over at Anandtech? Pretty underwhelming especially considering they were forced to run in low detail for most games and were still handsomely beaten by a Ģ50 discrete graphics card. Sandy Bridge's GPU may well be capable of 720p in gaming but it doesn't look anything like as polished as PS3/X360 unless you ramp the detail up and then the framerate crashes. Seems to me that Gabe and many of the reviewers have been drinking Intel's Koolaid.

Posted:5 years ago


Saehoon Lee Lead technical artist, Kuno Interactive

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Potential is there, but it is not there yet. Like james said 50 bucks GPU can out perform it by almost 2x. It will be fine for media pc thou. I personally don't like the idea of CPU+GPU as custom building pc is my hobby like many of us do.

Posted:5 years ago


Pierre Vinson International Sales Manager, JAG - Just A Game

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I donīt want a console experience on my high-end PC... Itīs painful enough to tweak field of view in games like BFBC2 because of multiplatform titles.

Posted:5 years ago


Arthur Dosne Product Manager Mobile Games, Ubisoft

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Having GPU+CPU brigded also means that both go down if something goes wrong on one of them.

Posted:5 years ago


Doug Paras

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Funny they say 40-50% of video cards but thats alot of cards and it has to be the lower in of the video card Spectrum. Any true gamer will not have a low end video card but one in the middle and upper end of the spectrum. I don't see how this will replace video cards in any way, especially if the CPU costs more with this graphics processor add on then without. I don't see how they are gonna compete with the upper end of graphics cards which anybody who is a gamer will want, I see these chips as nothing more then a middle class family computer chip rather then one for Gamers.

Posted:5 years ago


Jace Cisnero Games/Level Designers

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More often than not shared memory is responsible for low performance. Most dedicated video cards have their own high performance memory which isn't shared with the CPU which is where a great portion of the performance benefits come from. Sharing a portion of the main system memory with the GPU has never yielded good performance and I doubt Sandy Bridge does anything to change that.

Posted:5 years ago


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