Sandy Bridge GPU article online

Article: Intel's Sandy Bridge Graphics Architecture
By: Arcadian (no.delete@this.thanks.com), August 10, 2011 1:38 pm
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Groo (charlie@semiaccurate.com) on 8/10/11 wrote:
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>David Kanter (dkanter@realworldtech.com) on 8/9/11 wrote:
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>Like working drivers in a major distro. It has been how many years since the architecture
>started in the i965, and 5+ years later, Intel still can't make a fully working
>driver for Windows OR Linux. Talk about a joke. The hardware may be marginal, but
>if you can't use it, it is just more leakage.

Charlie, I have a nVidia GTX 460 card and a Core i7-2600K, and I'm able to load up both a Sandy Bridge graphics driver, as well as the nVidia driver (at the same time). It just requires that I switch the video cable. In order to save power, I can disable the 460 driver and switch the cable over to integrated graphics. I save about 30W in idle, as measured by my UPS, and that's material to me.

The driver quality is quite good, and I can even play a few games on the integrated graphics, including Civ V. It's also quite easy to switch back if I'm playing a more intense game.

You say the drivers are useless, but I have yet to run into a single problem.

(Speaking for myself)
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