Intel HD Graphics 2500

Intel HD Graphics 2500

The Intel HD Graphics 2500 (or Ivy Bridge GT1) is an integrated graphics card in the Ivy Bridge codenamed desktop processors. It is the successor the the Intel HD Graphics 2000 in the Sandy Bridge CPUs and performs between the old HD 2000 and 3000 GPU (see benchmarks below). Usually it is used in the cheaper desktop Ivy bridge CPUs. The mobile version is simply called Intel HD Graphics and integrated in the Pentium and Celeron line.

Compared to the faster HD Graphics 4000, the 2500 one features less Execution Units (6 versus 16) and only one texture sampler. Therefore, the performance is clearly worse and only suited for low demanding gaming. Intel states a 10 to 15% higher performance compared to the old Sandy Bridge based HD Graphics 2000. Therefore, only older casual games with low requirements are playable with the HD 2500.

A speciality of the Ivy Bridge GPUs is that 4x MSAA is supported in hardware now. However, 2x is only supported through software.  The algorithm to support 2x is going through the 4x pipeline with a software algorithm, so performance is similar to 4x MSAA.

The integrated video decoder called Multi Format Codec Engine (MFX) was also improved and should allow even simultaneus 4K video decoding. DXVAChecker lists MPEG2, VC1, WMV9, and H264 as supported codecs. QuickSync for fast transcoding of videos was also optimized for higher performance and better image quality.

Another new feature is the support for up to 3 independent displays as AMD offers with theirs Eyefinity support (up to 6 displays).

Due to the 22nm 3D Tri-Gate production process, the power consumption is relatively low (the development was focused on performance per Watt). 

ManufacturerIntel
HD Graphics Series

HD Graphics 4600

20 @ 200 - 1350MHz? Bit

HD Graphics 5000

40 @ 200 - 1100MHz? Bit

HD Graphics 4400

20 @ 200 - 1100MHz? Bit

HD Graphics 4000

16 @ 350 - 1350MHz? Bit

HD Graphics 4200

20 @ 200 - 850MHz? Bit

HD Graphics (Haswell)

10 @ 200 - 1000MHz? Bit

HD Graphics 3000

12 @ 350-1350MHz? Bit
HD Graphics 2500 6 @ 650 - 1150MHz? Bit

HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)

6 @ 350 - 1100MHz? Bit

HD Graphics 2000

6 @ 850 / 1100-1350MHz? Bit

HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)

6 @ 350 - 1100MHz? Bit

HD Graphics (Bay Trail)

4 @ 311 - 896MHz? Bit
CodenameIvy Bridge GT1
ArchitectureIvy Bridge
Pipelines6 - unified
Core Speed *650 - 1150 MHz
Shader Speed *650 - 1150 MHz
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 11.0, Shader 5.0
technology22 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.04.2012
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 21978      avg: 23692.5 (7%)     median: 24058 (7%)     max: 24676 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 2301      avg: 2583.8 (3%)     median: 2604.5 (3%)     max: 2825 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 289      avg: 319.5 (3%)     median: 318 (3%)     max: 353 Points
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
0% 100%
min: 282      avg: 287.3 (5%)     median: 286 (5%)     max: 294 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 47      avg: 50 (2%)     median: 50 (2%)     max: 53 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 30      avg: 31 (2%)     median: 31 (2%)     max: 32 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 374      avg: 419 (3%)     median: 430 (3%)     max: 449 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 321      avg: 349 (2%)     median: 350.5 (2%)     max: 374 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 1375      avg: 1849.2 (5%)     median: 1930.5 (5%)     max: 2068 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 1115      avg: 1369.3 (3%)     median: 1400.5 (3%)     max: 1561 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 3300      avg: 3932.6 (13%)     median: 3816 (13%)     max: 4442 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 6341      avg: 6627 (18%)     median: 6627 (18%)     max: 6913 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 10138      avg: 10138 (7%)     median: 10138 (7%)     max: 10138 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 20814      avg: 20814 (34%)     median: 20814 (34%)     max: 20814 Points
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 2928      avg: 8338 (32%)     median: 8338 (32%)     max: 13748 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 0      avg: 0 (0%)     max: 0 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2.4      avg: 2.4 (4%)     median: 2.4 (4%)     max: 2.4 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 15.59      avg: 15.6 (19%)     median: 15.6 (19%)     max: 15.59 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 12.91      avg: 12.9 (11%)     median: 12.9 (11%)     max: 12.91 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.86      avg: 1.9 (10%)     median: 1.9 (10%)     max: 1.86 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 6.76      avg: 6.8 (10%)     median: 6.8 (10%)     max: 6.76 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2.66      avg: 2.7 (4%)     median: 2.7 (4%)     max: 2.66 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.61      avg: 1.6 (3%)     median: 1.6 (3%)     max: 1.61 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 9.09      avg: 10.6 (10%)     median: 10.8 (10%)     max: 11.98 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 3409      avg: 5542.5 (48%)     median: 6037 (52%)     max: 6687 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Metro: Last Light
low:
11.1  fps      Compare
med.:
9.8  fps      Compare
high:
9.6  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
BioShock Infinite
low:
17.7  fps      Compare
med.:
8  fps      Compare
high:
7  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
low:
145  fps      Compare
med.:
26  fps      Compare
high:
13.7  fps      Compare
ultra:
4.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
SimCity
SimCity (2013)
low:
14.8  fps      Compare
med.:
8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider (2013)
low:
20.1  fps      Compare
med.:
10.9  fps      Compare
high:
7.1  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Crysis 3
Crysis 3 (2013)
low:
13.8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Dead Space 3
Dead Space 3 (2013)
low:
43 46.2 ~ 45 fps      Compare
med.:
18.8  fps      Compare
high:
13.5  fps      Compare
ultra:
7.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Far Cry 3
Far Cry 3 (2012)
low:
18 20.5 ~ 19 fps      Compare
med.:
11.9  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
AssassinĀ“s Creed III
med.:
13.8  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Hitman: Absolution
low:
18.4 20.1 ~ 19 fps      Compare
med.:
10.7 11.6 ~ 11 fps      Compare
high:
3.8  fps      Compare
ultra:
1.9  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
low:
18  fps      Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Fifa 13
Fifa 13 (2012)
low:
29.7 99 101 ~ 77 fps      Compare
med.:
23.6 51 52 60 ~ 47 fps      Compare
high:
17.2 28 31.2 32 ~ 27 fps      Compare
ultra:
14.5  fps      Compare
» With most tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
F1 2012
F1 2012 (2012)
low:
37 40 ~ 39 fps      Compare
med.:
21 26 ~ 24 fps      Compare
high:
21 22 ~ 22 fps      Compare
ultra:
12 12 ~ 12 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 (2012)
low:
37  fps      Compare
high:
8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Counter-Strike: GO
low:
77 82 ~ 80 fps      Compare
med.:
36 39 ~ 38 fps      Compare
high:
18 20.6 ~ 19 fps      Compare
ultra:
11.7  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Sleeping Dogs
low:
21.7  fps      Compare
med.:
15.5  fps      Compare