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:
|Name||Intel HD Graphics 620|
|Base Frequency||300 MHz|
|Max Frequency||1.00 GHz|
|Processing Power||384 – 403.2 GFLOPS|
|Graphics Memory||Up to 32 GB (Depends on System’s RAM)|
|Memory Type||Same as System Memory|
|4K Support||Supported at 60Hz|
|Max No. of Displays Supported||3|
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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