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Intel GPA 2012 to boost performance for gamers

Intel has a new suite of optimisation tools for its Core and Atom processors.

Intel has launched a powerful new tool suite to optimise the performance of gaming, media and entertainment applications.

Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA) 2012 will provide support for ultrabook devices, as well as tablets and smartphones - three areas in which the firm is looking to make significant progress this year, having come to dominate the PC chip market.

The GPA system, which has been available on PC for some time, gives users the chance to access powerful tools that analyse the performance of the chips.

From here, users can tune the way their chipsets work to optimise performance and improve the gaming experience. GPA 2012 will work on the Intel Core and Atom processor-based platforms, which feature in a wide range of ultrabooks and tablets from the company.

As these devices are primarily aimed at web browsing, GPA 2012 can also help to optimise web content for browsers that support hardware-accelerated rich media, such as Internet Explorer 9, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Craig Hurst, Intel's director of Visual Computing Product Management, also indicated that the system will help those developing games for the devices as well.

"Gaming is one of the largest consumer segments for smartphones, but nobody wants a game that drains a smartphone battery," he said.

"There are few choices for developers who want to optimise apps for power, so Intel GPA 2012 introduces power metrics, ensuring that a game not only has great performance, but also runs longer on ultrabooks, Android tablets and smartphones."

Intel's new Xeon E5-2600 processors feature in the new line of powerful HP workstations recently unveiled by the manufacturer.

HP says the Z Workstations also feature third-generation PCI technology, providing increased performance and improved graphics for those who use their machines for professional purposes.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801311197-ADNFCR