It’s been a challenging year, to say the least, and if you’re like me, my family and friends, or a number of my colleagues, you’ve turned to games for entertainment. Gaming—especially my favorite, PC Gaming—has provided us an outlet to escape and socialize. As an example, I’m currently playing Marvel’s Avengers and Sid Meier's Civilization VI. Playing the latter title for years, I’m still surprised how my desire for “just one more turn” evolves into an additional 10 with more hours happily spent than anticipated. But that’s Gaming, and what’s not surprising is its positive impact on society – and how that’s only increasing.
Here are a few things to consider: PC gaming is becoming bigger, more equitable and more diverse, while the quality of today’s hardware and software is expanding. So, it should come as no surprise that Intel is excited to lead the pack bringing PC gaming into a new and extraordinary decade by building on our roots.
Gaming is in Intel’s DNA. From the Intel Pentium processors in the 90s, to Core 2 Duos in the mid-2000s, to the current mainstream 10th Gen Intel® Core™ S-Series desktop processors, Intel has proudly provided enthusiast gamers the hardware to enable bleeding-edge PC gaming performance. To that end, I want to show you where we are – and where we’re going – on our journey together to make the PC the best place to play.
We have the privilege of working with world-class developers and publishers on the latest and greatest games. We start early in the development cycle to help them optimize performance, develop new features and ensure stability before release. But our partnerships – in the US exemplified by our work with Epic to optimize gameplay on Intel technology for Unreal Engine-based titles, our decade-long collaboration with IO Interactive A/S on Hitman and Creative Assembly on the Total War series, or globally with developers like iQiyi, Huya, Bandai Namco, Ubisoft, Sega, Joyy, etc. – are more than just enabling for launch. We work closely with game engineers after launch to continually tune the experience, and make it as fluid and stable as possible.
Take for example our recent partnership with Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix on their blockbuster title, Marvel’s Avengers. Throughout the Marvel’s Avengers development process, teams at Intel and Crystal Dynamics worked closely to perfect the superhero experience for PC gamers. As the exclusive CPU partner on Marvel’s Avengers, Intel engineers helped the game’s developers create detailed visuals and special effects for a completely immersive and truly interactive cinematic experience – efforts that benefit all PC gamers.
We are excited about how hardware helps bring amazing software titles to life. Our work with OEMs creates a hardware environment where game developers and publishers can deliver the immersive experiences that they intend. We like to be in the digital trenches with game developers to help them squeeze as much performance out of the hardware as possible so what you see on screen is as faithful to their vision as possible. Here are a few additional examples of that work for recent titles:
• Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 – helped implement Software Masked Occlusion Culling, efficiently rendering only the pixels, and the objects they make, that are visible to the player. Worked on significant optimizations to improve performance on integrated graphics solutions like 11th Gen “Tiger Lake”.
• Gears Tactics – partnered with The Coalition on Gears Tactics to support deployment of Variable Rate Shading (VRS) and improve Asynchronous Compute. VRS reduces the pixel complexity of a scene to effectively give Gears Tactics a performance boost without sacrificing visual fidelity. Asynchronous Compute allows for certain graphics workloads to run in parallel, allowing the game to perform more back-end graphics processes to keep your session running smooth.
• A Total War Saga: Troy – worked with Creative Assembly to optimize gameplay and realism with the high frequency and core counts available on 10th Intel® Core™ processors to give the game’s environmental effects (e.g. the grass and water systems) more depth and complexity.
This is why we are excited about our latest Intel 10th Gen processors across desktop and mobile because they can provide the highest frequencies available to unlock maximum gaming potential. They’re designed to give casual, enthusiast, and professional gamers – whether they’re at home or on the road – the high performance they expect from our storied history of designing and producing industry-defining CPUs.
Processor frequency remains a key consideration because many popular apps and high-performance games scale with frequency. Intel’s current generation of processors – led by the Core i9-10900K on desktop and the Core i9-10980HK on mobile – achieves an industry-leading 5.3 GHzi . To enhance processor performance, we’ve developed innovative solutions like Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 and Thermal Velocity Boost which automatically boost performance. Whether overclockers prefer manually tuning their system in the BIOS or using exclusive software from Intel (i.e. Intel Performance Maximizer (IPM) or Xtreme Tuning Utility), we continue to serve the overclocking community by giving them frequency options and maximum flexibility to make their rig scream. For instance, Allen ‘Splave’ Golibersuch documented his experience overclocking the Core i9-10900K with liquid nitrogen to over 7 GHz – an amazing accomplishment!
It’s also worth calling out some nice benefits for Intel platform users. If you’re a gamer, you know the frustration that comes along with a killer lag spike or molasses-like latency. So, don’t forget that our platforms incorporate the latest and greatest Wi-Fi 6 technology!
Rocket Lake is Coming
Our 10th Gen Intel Core processors continue to provide excellent performance and a stable platform for even the most demanding games. Ultimately, I believe there’s a great 10th Gen option that addresses the needs for every type of gamer – from casual players, to the most dedicated and passionate enthusiasts.
Though as you’d expect, we’re constantly looking ahead at what’s next and how we can make our desktop CPUs even better. With that said, I’m also happy to confirm that the next generation 11th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (codenamed “Rocket Lake”) is coming in the first quarter of 2021 and will provide support for PCIe 4.0. It’ll be another fantastic processor for gaming, and we’re excited to disclose more details in the near future. There’s a lot more to come, so stay tuned!
Notes & Disclaimers
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