Real-world Gaming Testing
Likely the most innovative and potentially market shattering aspect of the 2nd Gen Intel Core Processor family is the updated graphics solutions that it brings along for the ride.  In many circles of industry, especially at NVIDIA, the fact that Intel likely has a graphics solution that cuts out the sub-$50 discrete market (both desktop and mobile) is a scary proposition.  

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This is exactly why NVIDIA is so scared by Sandy Bridge (and in turn, AMD’s Fusion) – integrated graphics is becoming more and more capable of handling even these modern games at the resolutions that mobile displays run at with at least modest image quality settings.  Will the top current AMD or NVIDIA discrete mobile graphics solutions best this performance?  Sure, but at the cost of money, design time and possibly power.  How much of each of those categories will have to wait for another review.

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