Yes, You Can Get Integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics in Intel Xeon Server Systems and, Intel Quick Sync Video, Too.

A recent AnandTech post gave me pause. As the leader of Intel’s efforts in Visual Cloud which  include our Intel® Xeon® processor E3 family with integrated graphics, I  thought everyone knew that there were many (and growing number of) options for  getting  Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics in a server system.  Obviously, we’ve not done a good job of getting the word out. I’m using this  post to let you know what systems are in volume production that support our  latest generation Intel Iris  Pro Graphics and with it, Intel® Quick  Sync Video, Intel’s video processing acceleration technology.

A few caveats first: we don’t track all the systems that may  be out there so apologies if I’ve missed any. Also, more are coming from new  suppliers all the time so this blog represents a snapshot of what I know as of  yearend 2015. If you know of ones missed, feel free to post in the comment  space below. We also don’t endorse, promote, or certify any specific platform  or vendor or their capabilities. You’ll have to check directly with that  supplier with any questions about the level of support that they provide for  Intel’s flagship visual cloud technologies: Iris Pro Graphics and Quick Sync  Video.

A quick cheat to figure out if system might be able to  support Intel’s visual cloud technologies. If a server system supports the  Intel Xeon processor E3 v4 family and uses the Intel® C226 Chipset, it has the  basic capability to use our visual cloud technologies. This is not an absolute  answer because sometimes we’ve run into BIOS or other issues that prevent the  technologies from working. The ones listed below have been used for visual  cloud applications by solution providers and service providers. Typically, a  user would populate these servers with the Intel Xeon E3-1285L v4 processor to  get the maximum performance per watt. Please refer to the manufacturer’s web  site for more information on specific systems.

There are three main types of systems that enable Intel  visual cloud technologies.

  • Finally, in some environments, it’s useful to be  able to land Intel visual cloud technologies in a more general purpose server  system. For that purpose, there are two PCI Express* (PCIe) accelerator cards  available. These plug into standard PCIe slots that meet the specific space and  power requirements for the cards. A number of OEM and distributors provide  these cards pre-integrated into server systems.
    • Artesyn* SharpStreamer*  PCIE-7207 (Contains four Intel® Dual Core processor i7-5650U 2.2 GHz with Intel® HD Graphics 6000) and  SharpStreamer* Mini PCIE-7205 (contains 1 or 2 Intel® Dual Core processor  i5-5350U with Intel® HD Graphics 6000). These cards are known to be compatible  with:

I hope that gives you plenty of systems to choose from. If  you want more info out Intel’s efforts in Visual Cloud Computing, please see: