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Intel HD Graphics 505

The Intel HD Graphics 505 is an integrated processor graphics unit from the Apollo Lake generation (e. g. Pentium N4200), which was announced mid 2016. The GPU can convince with low consumption figures, but the performance is only in the low-end segment and is rarely sufficient for modern games. Being the maximum configuration of the Apollo Lake GPU, the HD Graphics 505 is equipped with 18 Execution Units (EUs) running at up to 750 MHz. The technical specifications of the GPU are based on Intel's Gen9 architecture, which is also used for the more expensive Skylake series.

Due to its lack of dedicated graphics memory or eDRAM cache, the HD 505 has to access the main memory via processor (2x 64bit DDR3L-/LPDDR3-1866, LPDDR4-2400).

Performance

The HD Graphics 505 should be slightly slower than the older Core-M GPU HD Graphics 5300, so modern games (as of 2016) will rarely run smoothly even at the lowest settings.

Features

The revised video engine now decodes H.265/HEVC completely in hardware and thereby much more efficiently than before. Up to three displays can be connected via DP/eDP or HDMI (4K probably only at 30 Hz via HDMI 1.4).

Power Consumption

The TDP of the whole Pentium N4200 chip is 6 Watts by default, so the GPU is primarily used for (often passively cooled) netbooks or thin notebooks. The TDP can also be reduced to 4 Watts, but this will obviously affect the performance.

ManufacturerIntel
Gen. 9 Series
Iris Pro Graphics P580 72 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Pro Graphics 580 72 @ 350 - 1050 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Graphics 550 48 @ 300 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Iris Graphics 540 48 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 530 24 @ 350 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 520 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 515 24 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 510 12 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 505 18 @ 300 - 750 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 500 12 @ 300 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
CodenameApollo Lake
ArchitectureIntel Gen. 9 (Apollo Lake)
Pipelines18 - unified
Core Speed *300 - 750 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Memory Type(LP)DDR3(L) / LPDDR4
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
technology14 nm
FeaturesQuickSync
Date of Announcement01.09.2016
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Pentium N42004 x 1100 MHz, 6 W200 MHz750 MHz
min. - max.200 - 200 MHz750 - 750 MHz

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15
Ref. Match 64Bit +
OpenGL 64Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
0%
100%
min: 27199     avg: 27199 (6%)     median: 27199 (6%)     max: 27199 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0%
100%
min: 29561     avg: 29561 (4%)     median: 29561 (4%)     max: 29561 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0%
100%
min: 583     avg: 603.5 (1%)     median: 603.5 (1%)     max: 624 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0%
100%
min: 642     avg: 664 (2%)     median: 664 (2%)     max: 686 points
3DMark Vantage
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
P Result 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0%
100%
min: 8.9     avg: 8.9 (4%)     median: 8.9 (4%)     max: 8.9 fps
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
- 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.

The Division
low 1280x720
5.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
3.1  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
low 1024x768
6.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
4.1  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Just Cause 3
low 1024x768
6.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
4.1  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Dota 2 Reborn
low 1280x720
32  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
22  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Battlefield Hardline
low 1024x768
7.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
6.9  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Alien: Isolation
low 1024x768
18.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
14.1  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
75.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
18.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
51.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
19  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
BioShock Infinite
low 1280x720
22.2 23.7 ~ 23 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
13.3 13.6 ~ 13 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
11.3 11.5