Integrated graphics benchmarks: Integrated Graphics Testing — Intel’s Integrated Graphics Mini-Review: Is Rocket Lake Core 11th Gen Competitive?

Integrated Graphics Testing — Intel’s Integrated Graphics Mini-Review: Is Rocket Lake Core 11th Gen Competitive?

Integrated Graphics

For our main tests, there are areas to consider and determine if these processors are at the very least, usable. This means:

  1. Competition against Intel’s previous IGPs: Comet Lake (i9-10900K) or Broadwell (i7-5775C)
  2. Competition against other integrated graphics: AMD Ryzen R4000
  3. Competition against entry level graphics: GT 1030

When comparing these against entry level graphics, the usual consideration is for combined price comparison – what would be the equivalent CPU+GPU combo in price against the integrated graphics solution.

For example, the Core i5-11600K retails for $255. This is very expensive for a processor with integrated graphics – in the past integrated graphics solutions have targeted price points around $100-$160. That being said, AMD’s latest R4000 APUs cost $355, $262 and $170.

Our main data point is a Ryzen 5 2600 paired with a GT1030 2 GB. In normal times, this is a $200 (SEP) processor paired with an $85 graphics card – it has been as low as $120+$70, but currently they sit at $210+$114, which is quite a considerable jump. We also have a Ryzen 9 5950X paired with a GTX 950 2GB (75W) in the results as well.

Please note that some of this data includes notebook data, which was obtained during the loan period for that device. As a result, not all systems were tested on all benchmarks, depending on when the benchmarks were added to our testing (or were available at the time).

How Low is Too Low?

As part of the research for this article, we sent a poll out on social media regarding low framerate experiences have changes the way that users enjoy the games they play. The expectation was that a number of us have at some point enjoyed gaming on a complete potato of a system, reducing resolution or quality to match the budget hardware at our hands. Personally I remember playing Counter Strike on dual-core AMD 2011 netbook processors, with the low resolution texture pack, at 15 FPS at a LAN party. It was glorious. The results of the poll were as follows:

What’s the lowest average FPS you’ve had where you’ve still been happy to play? Also, which game? [POLL]

— 𝐷𝑟. 𝐼𝑎𝑛 𝐶𝑢𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 (@IanCutress) May 4, 2021

As was perhaps expected, users gravitate towards the highest frame rates possible. Modern hardware is that good with common eSports titles that a minimum 30 FPS becomes a standard for a lot of people, especially those who have never known the hardship of old processor gaming. However, the comments were quite telling. Here are a selected few:

  • Old laptop played Minecraft at 15-20 fps with low resolution. Those were the days
  • A decade ago I was happy about anything above 10 FPS. Nowadays, bare minimum of 15, but usually 20-25 feels playable
  • Played Witcher 3 on medium 1080p with a 960M, running 27-32 FPS. Manageable
  • 15 FPS in Starcraft 2, I was still happy to play on a laptop with integrated graphics
  • I can play Genshin Impact or FFXIV at fixed 30 FPS as long as it’s low latency
  • Assassin’s Creed unity, 25 FPS felt ok
  • Tomb Raider 2013 at 20-25 FPS at 768p on a 940M, I really liked those graphics
  • 18 FPS in ETS2 was fine for two years, then I got a desktop
  • Some games are locked to 25 FPS anyway, like San Andreas on PC
  • 20-ish FPS on any Earth Defence Force Game
  • Civilization 6 at about 30 FPS
  • Ark Survival at 20-23 FPS
  • Pretty much any console game over the last 10 years is 25-30 FPS anyway
  • I used to play Black Ops 2 at 1024×768 at 14 FPS
  • 21 FPS with Left 4 Dead 2, on a laptop 10 years ago at a LAN party!
  • Diablo 2 is 25 FPS, so somewhere around that
  • Crysis on an 8600GT, 20 FPS and no regrets

There are of course a similar amount of comments decrying anything below 60 frames per second on anything, although there do seem to be a contingent happy to play the right game at a less-than-ideal frame rate, and it really depends on the game. This is going to be important for the following graphs. We test best-case frame rates and modern resolution settings.

Gaming Tests: Civilization 6

Originally penned by Sid Meier and his team, the Civilization series of turn-based strategy games are a cult classic, and many an excuse for an all-nighter trying to get Gandhi to declare war on you due to an integer underflow.

Civilization 6 is one of the few titles where the enhanced core count and frequency of the Comet Lake processors puts it above Tiger Lake (1185G7), despite the Tiger Lake processor having substantially more execution units, higher graphics frequency, and better memory bandwidth. That being said, it sits behind most AMD modern APUs, mobile and desktop.

Gaming Tests: Deus Ex Mankind Divided

Deus Ex:MD combines first-person, stealth, and role-playing elements, with the game set in Prague, dealing with themes of transhumanism, conspiracy theories, and a cyberpunk future. The game allows the player to select their own path (stealth, gun-toting maniac) and offers multiple solutions to its puzzles.

At the lower settings, Rocket Lake sits above Comet Lake and Broadwell by a good margin, and is very much playable with 5th Percentiles above 30 frames per second. At the higher settings though, there aren’t many options for playability.

Gaming Tests: Final Fantasy XIV

In 2019, FFXIV launched its Shadowbringers expansion, and an official standalone benchmark was released at the same time for users to understand what level of performance they could expect. Much like the FF15 benchmark we’ve been using for a while, this test is a long 7-minute scene of simulated gameplay within the title. There are a number of interesting graphical features, and it certainly looks more like a 2019 title than a 2010 release, which is when FF14 first came out.

Final Fantasy loves Intel processors here, and the average frame rates at the lower settings are easily playable. However at 1080p Maximum, the AMD APUs pull ahead while Rocket Lake struggles to be playable.

Gaming Tests: Final Fantasy XV

The game uses the internal Luminous Engine, and as with other Final Fantasy games, pushes the imagination of what we can do with the hardware underneath us. To that end, FFXV was one of the first games to promote the use of ‘video game landscape photography’, due in part to the extensive detail even at long range but also with the integration of NVIDIA’s Ansel software, that allowed for super-resolution imagery and post-processing effects to be applied.

All of our setups were below 5 FPS for our high resolution test, so we’re saying with 720p here. At around 15-17 FPS, the Rocket Lake graphics are just about playable, although it will feel like an old time system. Anything from AMD at this point is more playable, and the Tiger Lake option showcases how much better Xe-LP can be with enough units and frequency.

Gaming Tests: World of Tanks

World of Tanks is set in the mid-20th century and allows players to take control of a range of military based armored vehicles. The game offers multiple entry points including a free-to-play element as well as allowing players to pay a fee to open up more features.

For World of Tanks, everything is very playable at these frame rates, however Rocket Lake is behind Broadwell, Intel’s 5th Gen Core processor with eDRAM.

Gaming Tests: Borderlands 3

The fourth title of the franchise, Borderlands 3 expands the universe beyond Pandora and its orbit, with the set of heroes (plus those from previous games) now cruising the galaxy looking for vaults and the treasures within. Popular Characters like Tiny Tina, Claptrap, Lilith, Dr. Zed, Zer0, Tannis, and others all make appearances as the game continues its cel-shaded design but with the graphical fidelity turned up.

Borderlands 3 is our biggest min/max difference when comparing the 11900K to the 10900K. At the lower settings the Rocket Lake 11900K is actually behind the Comet Lake 10900K by a couple of percent. At the higher resolution and quality settings Rocket Lake is ahead by almost double, however it is in no-way actually playable. Users looking to crank up the quality are going to be looking for discrete graphics for sure.

Gaming Tests: F1 2019

The 2019 edition of the game features all 21 circuits on the calendar for that year, and includes a range of retro models and DLC focusing on the careers of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna. This edition revamps up the Career mode, with features such as in-season driver swaps coming into the mix, and the quality of the graphics this time around is also superb, even at 4K low or 1080p Ultra.

F1 2019 is certainly a step up grom generation to generation on the desktop, and at the low settings is able to pip Broadwell into something playable at 60 FPS. The higher resolution testing is less playable, on par with a laptop with a basic MX150 graphics card, but very much behind any of AMD’s desktop offerings and mobile Tiger Lake.

Gaming Tests: Far Cry 5

The fifth title in Ubisoft’s Far Cry series lands us right into the unwelcoming arms of an armed militant cult in Montana, one of the many middles-of-nowhere in the United States. With a charismatic and enigmatic adversary, gorgeous landscapes of the northwestern American flavor, and lots of violence, it is classic Far Cry fare. Graphically intensive in an open-world environment, the game mixes in action and exploration with a lot of configurability.

At the lower settings, The 11th Gen series shows a good generation-on-generation jump, but still sits behind Intel’s 5th Gen Broadwell. As the settings are ramped up however, Broadwell drops well behind, but the low frame rate from Intel still isn’t enough to make it playable.

Gaming Tests: Strange Brigade

Strange Brigade is based in 1903’s Egypt, and follows a story which is very similar to that of the Mummy film franchise. This particular third-person shooter is developed by Rebellion Developments which is more widely known for games such as the Sniper Elite and Alien vs Predator series. The game follows the hunt for Seteki the Witch Queen, who has arose once again and the only ‘troop’ who can ultimately stop her.

Gears Tactics

Remembering the original Gears of War brings back a number of memories – some good, and some involving online gameplay. The latest iteration of the franchise was launched as I was putting this benchmark suite together, and Gears Tactics is a high-fidelity turn-based strategy game with an extensive single player mode. As with a lot of turn-based games, there is ample opportunity to crank up the visual effects.

While there are  good gen-on-gen increases, Rocket Lake sits best as a low resolution option for Gears.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Building on the success of the original RDR, the second incarnation came to Steam in December 2019 having been released on consoles first. The PC version takes the open-world cowboy genre into the start of the modern age, with a wide array of impressive graphics and features that are eerily close to reality.

We didn’t put the 1080p result here, because they were all very bad, but if you’re happy to squint at the screen at what might be a cowboy and a horse, Rocket Lake is certainly playable, enough to tweak a few options higher.

Grand Theft Auto V

The highly anticipated iteration of the Grand Theft Auto franchise hit the shelves on April 14th 2015, with both AMD and NVIDIA to help optimize the title. At this point GTA V is super old, but still super useful as a benchmark – it is a complicated test with many features that modern titles today still struggle with. With rumors of a GTA 6 on the horizon, I hope Rockstar make that benchmark as easy to use as this one is.

GTA to the max is a slideshow, but very playable at 720p Low. The 11900K is happy to sit above Tiger Lake by the slimmest of margins for a rare spot of glory.


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The Best CPUs with Integrated Graphics (iGPU) [Updated 2022]



What are the best CPUs with integrated graphics?

More importantly, what are integrated graphics, and how can you expect them to perform in real-world scenarios?

I will talk to you about all of that in this article.

By the end of it, I’m hoping that you will have a concrete understanding of CPU Integrated Graphics and be able to make an informed purchasing decision for or against them, now or in the future.

So, let’s start with the basics. Or you can use the table of contents to jump around to your heart’s content- I can’t stop you now.

All You Need To Know About CPU Integrated Graphics (iGPU)

What are CPU Integrated Graphics?

In older PCs, things like graphics and even sound had to be managed by an expansion card instead of a CPU for quite a long time.

The first integrated graphics were actually present in this era as well, but as part of a chipset on a motherboard rather than the CPU.

Desktop CPU integrated graphics didn’t debut until Intel’s Westmere iGPU chip in their 1st Gen Core series.

AMD followed shortly after that and quickly renamed the concept to something else after five years for marketing purposes.

The APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit, is AMD’s term for a CPU with integrated graphics.

AMD doesn’t seem to be using the APU terminology as much these days- it’s nowhere to be spotted in their product listings in 2022- but it was very prominently used when they debuted their version of the tech.

Compared to a regular graphics chip in a discrete graphics card, integrated graphics are just that- a mini graphics processor integrated into another processor or board.

Are all CPUs with Integrated Graphics APUs?

AMD won’t say so, but pretty much, yes.

The main meaningful distinction at the time of writing is that Intel’s upcoming Desktop GPUs may be able to synchronize with their iGPUs in the same way that AMD’s older APUs could sync with Dual Graphics.

Dual Graphics was a feature that allowed old AMD iGPUs to work in tandem with AMD GPUs, enhancing the performance of both and allowing them to be pooled toward the same task via CrossFire.

Unfortunately, AMD no longer officially supports CrossFire, as multi-GPU support for gaming and non-professional tasks isn’t a thing anymore.

Are all discrete GPUs better than iGPUs?

Most discrete GPUs exist in a product class that is distinctly more well-specced and performant than iGPUs.

Most mid-range GPUs can easily boast over twice the performance of an iGPU, but market conditions can make those competitive options less viable at times.

In the case of low-end GPUs at super-budget price points, iGPUs are starting to close in with current-gen technologies rapidly.

As a specific example, something like the Ryzen 5 5600G has a GPU that can trade blows with a GDDR5-equipped GT 1030, according to GamersNexus.

CPU iGPU performance from AMD and Intel alike has been steadily improving over the generations, proving more than capable for everyday desktop use and media consumption.

Even if your iGPU can run games at 60 frames per second, however, it’s incredibly unlikely that it’s going to be able to do so with resolutions higher than 720p in modern games.

Later in the article, we’ll dive more into the performance you can expect from iGPUs in different tasks.

Why Integrated Graphics Need Fast RAM

Before diving into how you can expect iGPUs to perform on different tasks, let’s talk about something that will heavily impact your iGPU performance in all scenarios: RAM Speed.

RAM and VRAM (Video RAM) are meant to be separate components.

A discrete GPU will have VRAM specially manufactured for processing graphics, whereas an iGPU has to rely on the same kind of RAM as the rest of the CPU.

This is much slower by nature, but you can alleviate the performance deficit by buying fast RAM that can be run at stable, high clocks on your motherboard.

With faster RAM acting as your VRAM, you’ll enable the best possible performance out of your integrated graphics chip.

Even better if you can get your RAM in capacities of 16 GB or higher, so you have more RAM that can be allocated as VRAM to your iGPU.

This won’t be as good as having a speedy discrete GPU with proper VRAM, but it’ll still be considerably better than falling back on SSD or even HDD speeds when running out of VRAM.

How Modern CPU Integrated Graphics Perform In Productivity Tasks

Modern integrated graphics solutions are more than enough for most general productivity tasks and media consumption.

Most productivity tasks aren’t particularly taxing on graphics hardware- usually, they take up RAM or CPU time more than anything else.

For example, running many Chrome windows and tabs will rack up plenty of RAM (and CPU usage if they’re active windows), but most likely very little of your GPU unless a video is being played.

Even when a video is being played, integrated graphics have been capable of 4K media playback for years now.

Even Intel’s iGPUs, which were generally far weaker than AMD’s at the time, have been called Intel UHD Graphics for this reason since 2017.

Source: AMD

4K media playback isn’t so demanding on raw graphics horsepower as it is on simply having the compatible and modern enough display technologies available to you.

For example, many perfectly powerful graphics cards can’t do real-time ray-tracing or HDR because they were simply released before those features were properly supported.

So as far as any general productivity uses go, the modern iGPU is more than enough. (For things like file compression and conversion, you’re probably better off using your actual CPU cores.)

How about some more heavy-duty rendering and production tasks, though?

How Modern CPU Integrated Graphics Perform In Rendering Tasks

Once we get to more heavy-duty tasks like video rendering and encoding…well, you’re actually more likely to want to use your CPU cores than your iGPU.

Even for things like video rendering and encoding, CPU cores provide a faster and more high-quality result than a relatively weak iGPU will be able to turn around.

Now, make no mistake: an iGPU can still be used to accelerate these tasks, even if you’re mainly using your CPU cores.

For instance, an iGPU can accelerate the video in an editing timeline, allowing for a smooth video editing experience as long as the rest of your system (namely RAM and storage) are up to snuff.

However, of the majority of professional rendering tasks, the actual CPU will be the better choice than the low-power GPU that they managed to stuff onto it.

Once you get to workloads that expect high GPU-accelerated power (for example, Blender or a proper GPU render engine like Redshift), an at-best GT 1030-tier iGPU simply isn’t competitive with the mid-to-high-range discrete GPUs required for those tasks.

How Modern CPU Integrated Graphics Perform In Games

As mentioned prior, it’s been shown that modern integrated graphics generally perform around the level of a discrete GT 1030 at best.

This is already a low-cost graphics card, but it tends to be the main card with which integrated solutions are compared.

The GT 1030’s performance can also change majorly depending on whether it’s equipped with proper GDDR RAM or DDR4 RAM.

With GDDR RAM, the 1030 leads any iGPU- but without it, the best iGPUs of today can actually achieve better performance.

Source: GamersNexus

Recently, GamersNexus uploaded a thorough benchmarking run of current-gen Intel iGPUs against AMD iGPUs and competing models of the GT 1030.

While there were some variations, most results showed Intel’s HD/UHD Graphics ultimately coming in near dead-last, even when compared to a DDR4-locked GT 1030.

Meanwhile, Intel’s Iris integrated Graphics- based on their upcoming desktop GPUs- turn around slightly better results, but ones that aren’t really competitive with any of AMD’s recent integrated graphics solutions.

The GDDR5 model of the GT 1030 trades blows with AMD’s integrated graphics, but in many games, AMD’s iGPU can take an actual lead over the faster supposedly faster discrete GPU.

If you’re shopping for an iGPU with gaming in mind, AMD’s iGPUs become a clear leading choice for gaming in 720p and 1080p at up to 60 FPS and low/medium settings.

In fact, the recently-released Steam Deck does just that with most games at 800p!

The Best CPUs With Integrated Graphics Available Today

The Best Entry-Level CPU With Integrated Graphics: AMD Athlon 3000G

Source: AMD


  • iGPU: 3 Radeon Vega 3 Cores running at 1100 MHz
  • Cores: 2
  • Threads: 4
  • Socket: AM4


  • Super cheap price
  • Surprisingly functional for basic desktop and office use
  • Retro and light games are possible at 720p; newer games at 60 FPS should be possible with a discrete GPU as well


  • Only 2 physical cores greatly restricts performance in CPU-bound applications; not recommended for heavier productivity, rendering, or gaming workloads
  • iGPU not powerful enough for GPU rendering engines

The Best Value Intel CPU With Integrated Graphics: Intel Core i5-12600K

Source: Intel


  • iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 770 running at up to 1. 45 GHz
  • Cores: 10 (6 Performance, 4 Efficiency)
  • Threads: 16
  • Socket: LGA 1700 (12th Gen Intel)


  • Superb all-around CPU performance at a currently-unbeatable price
  • Good enough raw CPU power for gaming and heavy-duty rendering and productivity
  • Once paired with a discrete GPU, will be capable of leading high-refresh-rate gaming and 3D-accelerated rendering/productivity


  • iGPU is much worse than the latest solutions from AMD, but should still be viable for use at 720p, low settings, and 30+ FPS in games
  • iGPU not powerful enough for GPU rendering engines

The Best Value AMD CPU With Integrated Graphics: AMD Ryzen 5 5600G

Source: AMD


  • iGPU: 7 Current-Gen Radeon Vega Cores running at 1900 MHz
  • Cores: 6
  • Threads: 12
  • Socket: AM4


  • Great overall CPU performance at a competitive price
  • CPU cores and threads are more than enough for most gaming, rendering, and productivity tasks
  • Leading-class iGPU is on par with and sometimes outright superior to the GDDR5 version of the GT 1030, a discrete ~$140 graphics card at the time of writing
  • Once paired with a discrete GPU, will be capable of pushing high refresh rate gaming and 3D-accelerated rendering/productivity tasks- albeit a bit slower than the competing Core i5


  • Highest price of available options, but not quite as powerful as the Intel Core i5 in raw CPU power- noticeable after a discrete GPU upgrade

The Best Intel CPU With Integrated Graphics: Intel Core i7-12700K

Source: Intel


  • iGPU: Intel UHD Graphics 770 running at up to 1. 5 GHz
  • Cores: 12 (8 Performance, 4 Efficiency)
  • Threads: 20
  • Socket: LGA 1700 (12th Gen Intel)


  • Pretty much the leading desktop gaming and productivity/professional CPU besides its own more powerful Core i9 sibling, especially after upgrading to a discrete GPU


  • iGPU is nearly unchanged from the one present in the i5 and other models- unless you’re really thinking ahead regarding CPU power, spending this much extra on an iGPU instead of a discrete GPU is a little questionable.Additionally, the iGPU in even the Ryzen 5 will perform significantly better than the iGPU in this CPU.

The Best AMD CPU With Integrated Graphics: AMD Ryzen 7 5700G

Source: AMD


  • iGPU: 8 Current-Gen Radeon Vega Cores running at 2000 MHz
  • Cores: 8
  • Threads: 16
  • Socket: AM4


  • One of AMD’s best Ryzen processors, including some small bumps to iGPU units and speeds
  • Great for gaming and especially productivity/professional use after equipping with a discrete GPU


  • High price to pay for an iGPU, even if it’s a good one. Remember once you start spending this much or more on a CPU with an iGPU that even a discrete GTX 1050 will destroy the best iGPUs currently available.


Can an iGPU be used with a discrete GPU at the same time?

Yes and no.

As mentioned earlier in the article, AMD once offered a feature called Dual Graphics that allowed their early iGPUs to run in CrossFire with discrete Radeon graphics cards, increasing performance.

That feature and CrossFire itself (AMD’s multi-GPU solution, SLI and NVLink being Nvidia’s) are unfortunately no longer supported, but there are some signs that it may return with Intel’s upcoming discrete “Xe” GPUs.

At the time of writing, you cannot synchronize an iGPU with a discrete GPU in, say, SLI or CrossFire.

However, you can still make use of an iGPU when using a discrete GPU!

For example, Intel QuickSync/AMD Video Core Next allows for iGPU-accelerated video encoding for streaming and recording.

Source: Intel

In professional workloads where you can pick and choose rendering devices, iGPUs are handy as a way to alleviate stress on the rest of your system.

If you want to learn more about multi-GPU solutions on desktop, Alex wrote a concise guide on NVLink vs SLI, including benchmarks.

Are CPUs with Integrated Graphics still good with a discrete graphics card?

Of course! Even if you can’t find a use for the iGPU after upgrading your graphics card, most of these CPUs are fairly powerful in their own right, boasting current-gen CPU architecture.

If anything, not being reliant on your iGPU will allow you to make more use of your actual CPU horsepower than ever, since CPU power alongside GPU power restricts maximum framerate.

However, it’s important to note that one of the main ways you would utilize an iGPU alongside a discrete card- as an extra rendering device due to its encoder- is somewhat supplanted by the graphics card itself.

Modern graphics cards from AMD and Nvidia have built-in encoders that are separate from the main GPU chip but still provide high-quality direct recordings and streams.

Your uses for the actual iGPU will become very limited after upgrading to a discrete graphics card…but that is kind of the point.

Any RAM Recommendations For Users of Integrated Graphics?

If you’re going to be using integrated graphics, you should make the most of the experience by pairing them with great RAM.

For this purpose, especially if you’re going with a Ryzen CPU, I highly recommend going with RAM manufactured under Samsung’s B-Die process.

B-Die RAM is great for running at high speeds and low latencies alongside AMD and Intel processors alike, allowing for things like single-core CPU performance and iGPU performance to be maximized.

Over to You

And that’s it, at least for now!

I hope that you learned what you needed about CPUs with integrated graphics from this article. Leave a comment below or send us a message in our forums and let us know: what CPU and iGPU pair are you aiming for?

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Radeon 680M First Tests — New AMD Integrated Graphics Eliminate Entry-Level Graphics Cards

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Ryzen 6000 (Rembrandt) based laptops that combine Zen 3+ cores with integrated Navi graphics (RDNA2) went on sale this week. AMD was the first to use the Navi architecture in «inserts» — before Ryzen chips were equipped only with Vega graphics. We can take a look at the possibilities of the new integrated graphics thanks to the Chinese site Zhihu, as well as the YouTube channels Linus Tech Tips and PCWorld.

A Chinese resource presented an overview of the integrated graphics Radeon 660M and Radeon 680M as part of the Ryzen 5 6600H and Ryzen 7 6800H processors. In the first case, the GPU has 384 stream processors and operates at a frequency of 1900 MHz, and in the second — 768 stream processors and a frequency of 2200 MHz. In turn, the mentioned YouTube channels presented reviews of the Ryzen 9 6900HS processors, which also have Radeon 680M graphics, but with a frequency of 2400 MHz.

In several synthetic 3DMark tests conducted by a Chinese resource, the Radeon 680M graphics processor was faster than the entry-level discrete mobile graphics card NVIDIA GeForce MX450, not to mention the Intel Xe «embedding» in the Core i5-12500H chip. Note that the younger accelerator Radeon 660M also overtook the latter, but not so much. PCWorld confirms this data: the Radeon 680M by a wide margin outperformed other «inserts» in 3DMark Time Spy.

As for performance in games, here the built-in Navi-based GPUs performed well. It is reported that the Radeon 680M is on average 71.39% faster than the built-in AMD graphics of the previous generation (in the Ryzen 9 5900HS processor), and the younger accelerator Radeon 660M overtakes it — by an average of 22.66%.

Compared to the integrated Intel Xe (96 EU) graphics in the Core i7-11370H, AMD’s new products are also ahead. The younger Radeon 660M is basically on par with its competitor, but the Radeon 680M outperforms it by more than 50% on average. The superiority of the Radeon 680M is also confirmed by Linus Tech Tips: in Forza Horizon 5, this GPU is almost twice as fast as the integrated Intel Xe graphics (96 EU).

Finally, we note that the Radeon 680M integrated graphics are on average about the same level as the GeForce MX450 discrete graphics card in various games. Somewhere ahead is the NVIDIA solution, and somewhere AMD — the difference is not too big. We add that due to the AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) scaling technology from the AMD «embedding», you can achieve even better performance — it can even compete with the GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q.

I would also like to note that, like any integrated graphics, Navi as part of AMD Ryzen 6000 processors is highly dependent on the speed of RAM. The difference between the configurations with DDR5-4800 and LPDDR5-6400 reaches an average of 8.33% in games and 15.42% in synthetic tests in favor of a system with faster memory. In the tests described above, a laptop with LPDDR5-6400 memory took part.

In general, we note that the performance of the integrated AMD Radeon graphics of the new generation is quite enough for games at 1080p resolution. In many games, it is able to provide a pleasant 60+ FPS, and if you activate AMD FSR, you will get even more. But, in fairness, we note that in this case, powerful processors of the H and HS series were tested, which are used mainly in gaming laptops, which are already equipped with a discrete graphics card. But the Ryzen 7 6800U chip, which will be used in thin laptops, also has Radeon 680M graphics. And in this segment, a powerful “embedding” will be extremely useful. And someday, probably, AMD will release Rembrandt in the desktop segment, and in the face of a shortage of video cards, chips with Radeon 680M may turn out to be a very interesting option.


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What can the integrated graphics of the Intel Core i7-11700K processor

Should I overpay for a processor with «integrated graphics» or buy a processor that lacks it, but is cheaper?

March 30, the new 11th generation Intel Core processors appeared in Russian stores, causing indignation among some users about the ruble prices set for them. Now prices have fallen a little, having cooled down from the excitement of the first day.

Today is marked by a heated debate on our website around the Intel Core i7-11700K processor. However, the topic of the Intel UHD Graphics 750 graphics system built into the processor remained undisclosed. The mining fever is in full swing, and with it, sky-high prices for video cards have come to us, coupled with their shortage. This means that the so-called «embeddings» are becoming more relevant than ever. Finding and buying a gaming graphics card or waiting for the next generation of graphics accelerators can take a long time. Some users have a choice — to take a processor with an integrated graphics system, or without it, but cheaper. Moreover, Intel kept its promise and released a video driver for the HD Graphics 750, which it forgot to make public at the start of sales.

Benchmark YouTube channel came to the aid of our computer enthusiasts by testing the integrated Intel HD Graphics 750 graphics system in the Intel Core i7-11700K processor in nine games: Grand Theft Auto V, Hitman 3, Resident Evil 3, The Witcher 3, Battlefield V , Control, World War Z, Far Cry New Dawn 7, Metro Exodus.

Grand Theft Auto V is the only game tested at 1080p on Normal settings. The rest of the games were tested at 720p with settings — Low. So, test results.

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As you can see from the test results, it is simply impossible to play heavy games with the Intel UHD Graphics 750. 720p resolution with low settings is the level of graphics we had many years ago and managed to wean from it. But this does not mean that from a gaming point of view, the graphics system built into the Intel Core i7-11700K processor is absolutely useless. It will cope well with less demanding game projects, because the tested games cannot be called indulgent in relation to the graphics subsystem. Some of them bring to their knees even the «top» graphics accelerators from NVIDIA and AMD. In addition, Intel HD Graphics 750 can handle Internet surfing with ease, and eight CPU cores make watching video files an easy task. It’s worth noting that the HD Graphics 750 also brought support for HDMI 2.