Intel HD Graphics 620 Gaming Performance, Benchmark & Review

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Intel HD Graphics 620

Intel unveiled the Intel HD Graphics 620 with the Intel 7th Generation Kaby Lake Series Processors in September 2016. This GPU is present in the Intel Core i3-7100U, Core i5-7200U, Core i5-7300U, Core i7-7500U and the Core i7-7600U CPU. You are probably here because you own a Laptop or planning on buying one having one of these Processors. So if you want to know more about the performance and benchmarks of Intel HD 620, then you have arrived at the right place. Today, I’m going to remove all your doubts regarding the Gaming Performance of the Intel HD 620 Graphics Card.

First, let us discuss the difference between an integrated graphics card and a dedicated one. If you already know the difference, then you can move to the next section. An integrated Graphics Card uses the system’s memory or the RAM of your PC/Laptop to work while the dedicated one has Graphics/Video Memory of its own. Dedicated GPUs are usually stronger than the Integrated ones. However, the Dedicated Graphics Card also consume more power and cost a lot more. For gaming purpose, it is always recommended to opt for a dedicated Graphics Card. In a Laptop/Notebook, it is not possible to add a Dedicated GPU later on, so you need to select a laptop wisely. An example of the Integrated Graphics Card is the Intel HD 620 while that of a Dedicated GPU is Nvidia Geforce 940MX.

If you’re looking for the performance of Desktop Graphics of Kaby Lake series, then check out: Intel HD Graphics 630 Full Review and Comparison. For the Integrated GPU of Celeron series and Pentium G4560, see Intel HD Graphics 610 Review and Benchmark. And you can also check out the performance of Intel’s 8th Generation Graphics here.

Let us have a look at the specification of Intel HD Graphics 620:

    Specification

NameIntel HD Graphics 620
TypeIntegrated
Base Frequency300 MHz
Max Frequency1.00 GHz
Processing Power384 – 403.2 GFLOPS
Graphics MemoryUp to 32 GB (Depends on System’s RAM)
Memory TypeSame as System Memory
4K SupportSupported at 60Hz
DirectX Version12
Lithography14nm
OpenGL Support4.4
Max No. of Displays Supported3

The Intel HD Graphics 620 is an integrated GPU by Intel that is manufactured using the 14nm FinFET Process. It is the stock GPU of some of the Intel Kaby Lake Series Processors like the Intel Core i5 7200U. The base frequency of Intel HD 620 is 300 MHz which can go up to 1.0 GHz. It also has support for 4K video playback at 60Hz. Intel has made various improvements in their 7th generation integrated GPUs which has improved their performance to an extent. It has support for the latest DirectX version which is the DirectX 12. So, you can expect better performance in games that support DirectX 12.

How much is the Intel HD Graphics 620 Memory (VRAM)?

Intel HD Graphics 620 is an integrated Graphics Card. Hence its memory is dynamic. It uses the system’s memory which could go up to 32 GB. If your Notebook has 8GB of RAM then by default, this GPU will be able to utilize up to 4 GB of the System Memory. However, one can always change the Maximum Video Memory from the BIOS Settings. You can allocate the video memory as per your choice.

    Intel HD Graphics 620 Benchmark Comparison

On the PassMark Benchmarking Tool, the Intel HD 620 Graphics scores 944 points. This benchmark scores clearly show that there is a huge improvement over the previous generations of Intel HD Graphics. It is now even stronger than the low-end Integrated GPUs by Nvidia & AMD. Let us have a look at all the benchmark scores.

Comparison with Intel HD Graphics 520 & 5500

Intel HD Graphics 620 Benchmark vs HD 520 vs HD 5500

The Intel HD Graphics 520 is an integrated GPU of 6th generation Skylake Processors like Core i5 6200U while the Intel HD 5500 is present in the Intel 5th generation Broadwell CPUs like the Coe i5 5200U. Although there is not a vast improvement over the last generation, still the Benchmark Score has doubled if we compare it with two generations old GPU. The Gaming performance has certainly improved, and you would get better frame rates. Let’s hope to see an even better Integrated GPU in the upcoming 8th Generation!

Comparison with Nvidia Geforce 910M & 920M

Intel HD Graphics 620 vs 910M vs 920M PassMark Benchmark

Nvidia Geforce 910M & 920M are the cheapest GPUs from the Nvidia Geforce 900 series, and you must avoid them at all costs. The integrated GPU Intel HD Graphics 620 is much better when compared to them. Now, there’s no point of buying a Notebook with a weak dedicated GPUs like one of these.

Comparison with AMD Radeon R5 M430 & R7 M445

Intel HD Graphics 620 vs AMD R5 M430 vs R7 M445

AMD Radeon R5 M430 & R7 M445 are low-end and mid-ranged Graphics Card from AMD. With Intel HD 620 leading again suggests that there’s no point of buying a Laptop powered by an AMD R7 M445 or R5 M430 GPU. Though the R7 M445 is equally good and might be even better in real world performance, still, I would advise you to avoid it. Instead of choosing either of these, I would suggest you go for a better GPU like the Geforce 940MX. Or you can also simply stick with the integrated graphics instead of paying extra for these GPUs.

Comparison with Nvidia Geforce 930MX & 940MX

Intel HD Graphics 620 vs 930MX vs 940MX PassMark Benchmark

Finally, here are some GPUs that perform better than the Intel HD 620 Graphics. The Nvidia Geforce 940MX and 930MX score higher than the former and do a better job in the Intel HD 620 vs. Nvidia Geforce battle.  So are you wondering how much difference would those 300 points make in real world performance? Well, on my HP AU111TX, with the Nvidia 940MX, I get 60 fps on GTA V at medium settings and around 35 fps when I switch to the Intel HD 620. This FPS difference should remove your confusion regarding the performance difference between HD 620 & 940 MX.

    Gaming Review of Intel HD 620

As we have seen in the benchmarks, the real world gaming performance is quite similar. The Intel HD Graphics 620 improves the gaming performance over the previous generations. Considering it’s just an Integrated GPU, it performs too good. For casual gaming, the Intel HD 620 can be your best bet. But if you can spend a few more bucks then the Geforce 940MX would provide you better value for your money. To see how good this GPU performs in real life, you should check out theCounter-Strike: Global Offensive, GTA V and Skyrim Gameplay below.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive Gameplay on Intel HD 620

In this video, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is giving around 50-60 frames per second on average at low settings and 1366×768 resolution. CS: GO performs quite well on an Integrated Graphics but as long as the settings are not too high and resolution is low. It will still be playable at 1920X1080 but, at a lower FPS.

GTA V Gameplay on Intel HD Graphics 620

As you can see from the video, if you want to play GTA V, then you can expect an average of 30 fps. This performance is not bad for a Laptop without a Dedicated Graphics Card. Also, you should keep in mind that GTA V is a very optimized game. But that would not mean that Intel HD 620 can handle the new high graphics demanding games of 2016 and 2017. Games like the Arkham Knight, Witcher 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider would be unplayable on the Intel HD 620. To play these games with at least 30 fps, you would need Nvidia Geforce 940MX or better.

Skyrim Gameplay on Intel HD 620 Graphics

With the gameplay of Skyrim, we can conclude that you will get around 35-45 fps. Other games released before 2015 should give similar performance as the GTA V and Skyrim. Games older than 4-5 years will easily give over 60 fps. So the Intel HD 620 is not bad for casual gaming but also not that good if you’re going to play games all day long.

    Final Words

Today, we have gone through the specifications, benchmarks & Gaming Performance of the Intel HD Graphics 620. We observe that Intel has improved the performance of Kaby Lake Series GPUs significantly. Extremely demanding games are still unplayable. For casual gaming, this is one the best Integrated Graphics Card one can get with the Intel 7th Generation Processors. If there was a GTX 1040, it could have been a perfect GPU for low budget gaming. But unfortunately, it doesn’t exist as of now. But, you can also go for the RX 550 or GT 1030. Here is our comparison of both these Graphics Cards:

My first choice will always be to assemble a PC if portability isn’t an issue. You should check out our Ryzen Build: Ryzen 5 Gaming PC Build Under Rs. 60K/$950. If you prefer Intel Processors, then you can go for Gaming PC Build Under Rs. 55K/$900.

If you need suggestions on Laptops with 7th generation Core i5 Processor and Nvidia Geforce 940MX GPU, then I’ll recommend you to choose either HP AU620TX or the ASUS R558UQ. If you go with the Asus R558UQ, you should upgrade your RAM by 4 GB to get better performance while gaming. 4 GB RAM is no longer enough for gaming!

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks Kashish,

    A very interesting and informative article, well done. My graphics problem is directed towards photo processing however and I can’t find any articles that address the computer’s performance requirements vs; the particular photo editing program.

    My computer is the HP Envy touchsmart 17 notebook with the Intel 4600 integrated graphics. It’s an impressive workstation computer but the latest photo editing programs are becoming extremely graphics intensive and it appears as though they have surpassed my current demands, as the programs I’m using have the tendency to freeze or lock-up during some editing process.

    My current editor-of-choice program is “On1 Photo RAW 2017.5” that requires “Open GL 4.2 compatible video card with 1 GB dedicated RAM 1920 x 1080 resolution”. I can’t find anything that allows me to make a comparison and thereby make a decision on a new computer. Currently Costco is offering an HP laptop at
    https://www.costco.com/HP-17t-Laptop—Intel-Core-i7.product.100354158.html
    that appears would work for me and at a favorable price.

    Any information that you may be able to share would be greatly appreciated,
    Jack Olson

    • Hi Jack Olson,
      This Laptop looks good specification wise however for your editing needs, I’ll recommend you to get a Laptop with Dedicated Graphics. At this budget (around $700), you will be able to buy Laptops that have the Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU. Asus R558UQ and HP AU620TX would be a good choice. But if you can wait, then please wait for Nvidia GeForce MX150 Laptops to arrive. MX150 will deliver 4X the performance of Integrated Graphics.

      Regards,
      Kashish

  2. Very helpful, I just got that i5 7th gen. dell laptop and wasn’t aware of intel 620 graphics, it is good for doing programming and playing battlefield/assassins creed games I guess.

  3. hey … i have i5_7200CPU 2.50GHz
    8GB ram
    and
    intel graphicHD 620

    still here is lots of lags and slowing down my game … will you please explain
    what can i do now ..

    • Hi,
      Which game are you trying to play and you’re playing at what resolution and graphics settings?
      Also, make sure that in Battery Settings, performance mode is turned on and play while the Laptop is connected to power supply.

  4. hey i have i5-7200U 2.50 GHz and 8GB RAM , 1TB Hdd and it is with Intel 620 graphic card. recently i am trying to play GTA 5 and MAFIA 3 but it has been lagging a lot.
    i used resolution of 1280*720 and all other specs i have been using low but still they lag a lot . i am using HP 360 Signature Edition Laptop.

    • Hi, Your specs are good enough to play GTA V at 30 FPS.
      Firstly, turn on the High-Performance Mode in the Battery and connect your Laptop to Power Supply.
      What is your current Graphics Settings in GTA V?
      Disable VSync, FXAA, MSAA, Anisotropic Filtering, Ambient Occlusion and turn all the other settings to low.
      Do similar settings change in Mafia 3 as well.
      Let me know if this has improved the FPS.

  5. Hello Kashish sir ,
    Thank you for this article . I am planning to buy a laptop in coming week or two .
    I am a mechanical engg student and not much into gaming . Will softwares like AutoCad /Cam / solidworks /freedom360 run smoothly on intel graphics 620HD (laptop specs- i5/7th gen 8gb ram). Will it be worth to spend extra bucks for Nvidia graphics card .

    • Hi, these softwares you’ve mentioned can definitely run on the Integrated Graphics smoothly but having a dedicated GPU will result in a lot better performance. It all depends on how heavy or complex the task is.
      If you want to go for a Integrated Graphics, I would recommend you to get a Laptop with 8th Generation Intel Processor and Intel UHD Graphics 620.
      For dedicated Graphics, at least get the Nvidia GeForce 940MX or the new MX150.

  6. Hello! It may seem a stupid question here but there is someting in my mind. I am planning to buy a laptop with full hd screen with this graphics card and I am wondering if I would have any problems with loading full HD movies (any lags etc). The other specs are:
    8 GB RAM
    256 SSD
    i5 – 7200u -2.5ghz

    Thanks much!

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