Remember when gaming was niche? Now calling it mainstream is an understatement as it’s more of a cultural phenomenon. The gaming industry has grown exponentially as people all over the world dive into playing and watching games, while others build large virtual audiences through streaming.
As gaming has gained critical mass, so has the need for greater processing power. Thankfully, processors have taken a big leap forward to support the needs of the entire gaming ecosystem – from casual gamers afforded the opportunity to unleash their ability to go pro, to enabling smaller game developers to harness imaginations and creations to drive innovation, and much more. Here’s a snippet of the exciting developments you can see in 2019.
Gamers Get Supercharged Gameplay
We know for many PC gamers, the single biggest limit to incredible gaming experiences is their technology. Many consumer PCs struggle to keep up with today’s hardware-intensive games, which is why gamers often put a great deal of research and effort into building or acquiring a powerful gaming rig that keeps frame rates high for a buttery-smooth gaming experience.
Using a powerhouse like the 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K – the world’s best gaming processor* – outperforms the competition while keeping up with gamers’ fast-twitch muscle which could mean the difference between getting a win or succumbing to a last-second defeat. Moreover, advanced gamers who wanted to build a following by streaming have often had to buy and run two machines – with one focused on streaming and one focused on gameplay — in order to maintain the quality and performance needed for both. This is a significant expense when you’re still trying to be king or queen of the hill – and get your channel off the ground.
In 2019, gamers can now get the performance they need on their main PC, without compromise. The new generation of Intel’s processors can enable gamers to cut PC-related expenses significantly while also enjoying a better gameplay experience.
Of course, faster PCs won’t turn middling gamers into professional competitors, but at least technology won’t be a limiting factor. As an example, with the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K processor – and its unique microprocessor architecture that enables it to hit a turbo frequency up to 5.0 GHz out-of-the box – gamers can experience blistering fast framerates to gain an advantage over their competition.
Pro Gamers Get a Simplified Experience
Pro gamers have even more expansive needs as a result of their requiring every advantage possible – frame rates, responsiveness, etc., – all while live streaming their gameplay.
Pros will immediately notice the difference in their ability to capture, transcode and stream their game play with the 9th Gen Intel Core processors. These high-octane users can experience up to 11 percent more FPS compared with the previous generation and up to 41 percent more FPS compared with a 3-year-old desktop PC.*
They’ll also have a smoother, faster experience when encoding their footage for upload to YouTube. For these entrepreneurs, the ability to quickly edit and broadcast video is an essential part of controlling their own destiny.
Moreover, because all of this power exists in a single machine, it’s plug and play. As an example, when Intel debuted its latest generation of gaming processors, pro eSports gamers reinforced the notion that only a couple years ago streaming while playing was very expensive and complicated due to the requirement of multiple computers to stream. But now, streamers can simply plug in a web camera and stream their gameplay without compromising on their personal experience or framerates.
Game Developers Can Innovate Exponentially Faster
As much processing power as it takes to play immersive games, it takes so much more to create them.
The latest Intel® Core™ X-series processors can help game developers do common tasks like photo stitching or rendering scene adjustments in a matter of moments versus multiple hours. This render time reduction can dramatically improve what game developers can accomplish while reducing development time substantially.
The new Intel® Core™ X-series processors are built on the Intel Mesh Architecture which increases memory and I/O bandwidth, while decreasing latency – a critical need for the demanding workloads of creators and experts. The family offers up to 18 cores and 36 threads for the multi-threaded functionality that creators need across their workflow, while also providing high single-threaded performance.
Get Your Game On With Intel’s Latest Processors
Intel’s new 9th Gen Intel® Core™ and Intel Core X-Series processors deliver fast, immersive and engaging experiences that are setting the bar for what gamers and creators should expect. Most notably, the world’s best gaming processor*, the 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9900K processor garnered 16 benchmark records, including a world record in an extreme overclocking test so far.
With the power and price points of this year’s PCs, there are no longer any technological boundaries separating casual gamers, pro gamers and game makers. In fact, many game-lovers will even have the ability to move among those three categories throughout their lives without swapping out their PC.
Gaming technology has finally caught up with our imaginations. Now it’s up to creative minds to set a course for the next era of gaming, supported by the tools and technologies – like the latest processors from Intel and its partners. Whatever worlds you create or explore next, today’s PCs are ready to unleash your talents, rather than limit your experiences.
Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors.
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