Intel HD Graphics 2500 vs Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)

Intel HD Graphics 2500

► remove from comparison 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). 

Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)

► remove from comparison Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)

The Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)  is an integrated graphics card in the low end SoCs of the Braswell series (e.g. Pentium N3700). It is based on the same architecture as the integrated GPU of the Broadwell graphics cards (e.g. HD Graphics 5300), but offers less shader cores and slower clock speeds.

The performance depends on the processor. The fastest models offer 16 EUs (shader cores) at 400 - 700 MHz. It should be about twice as fast as the old HD Graphics in Bay Trail SoCs. At the time of announcement in Q1 2015 the following models exist:

  • Pentium N3700: 16 EUs @ 400 - 700 MHz, Dual-Channel Memory
  • Celeron N3150: 12 EUs @ 320 - 640 MHz, Dual-Channel Memory
  • Celeron N3050: 12 EUs @ 320 - 600 MHz, Dual-Channel Memory
  • Celeron N3000: 12 EUs @ 320 - 600 MHz, Dual-Channel Memory

In the first CPUs the graphics card was only called Intel HD Graphics. Later (e.g. in the Celeron N3060) Intel renamed it to Intel HD Graphics 400 (Celeron with 12 EUs) and Intel HD Graphics 405 (Pentium with 16 EUs).

Gaming performance ist still only suited for older or less demanding games. Often also the processor is limited gaming performance (e.g. in the dual-core N3000).

The SoC also integrates a video decoding engine that should be able to handle 4K H.265 videos.

Intel HD Graphics 2500Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
ManufacturerIntelIntel
HD Graphics Series
HD Graphics P530 compare 24 @ 350 - 1050 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5600 compare 24 @ 300 - 1050 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 6000 compare 48 @ 300 - 1000 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4600 compare 20 @ 200 - 1350 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5500 compare 24 @ 300 - 950 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5000 compare 40 @ 200 - 1100 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4400 compare 20 @ 200 - 1100 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5300 compare 24 @ 100 - 900 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4000 compare 16 @ 350 - 1350 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Broadwell) compare 12 @ 100 - 850 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4200 compare 20 @ 200 - 850 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Skylake) compare 12 @ 300 - 800 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) compare 16 @ 320 - 700 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Braswell) 16 @ 320 - 700 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) compare 12 @ 320 - 640 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Haswell) compare 10 @ 200 - 1000 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) compare 16 @ 200 - 600 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 3000 compare 12 @ 350 - 1350 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2500 6 @ 650 - 1150 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) compare 6 @ 350 - 1100 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2000 compare 6 @ 850/1100 - 1350 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) compare 6 @ 350 - 1100 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Bay Trail) compare 4 @ 311 - 896 MHz32/64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P530 compare 24 @ 350 - 1050 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5600 compare 24 @ 300 - 1050 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 6000 compare 48 @ 300 - 1000 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4600 compare 20 @ 200 - 1350 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5500 compare 24 @ 300 - 950 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5000 compare 40 @ 200 - 1100 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4400 compare 20 @ 200 - 1100 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5300 compare 24 @ 100 - 900 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4000 compare 16 @ 350 - 1350 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Broadwell) compare 12 @ 100 - 850 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4200 compare 20 @ 200 - 850 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Skylake) compare 12 @ 300 - 800 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) compare 16 @ 320 - 700 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Braswell) 16 @ 320 - 700 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) compare 12 @ 320 - 640 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Haswell) compare 10 @ 200 - 1000 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) compare 16 @ 200 - 600 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 3000 compare 12 @ 350 - 1350 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2500 6 @ 650 - 1150 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) compare 6 @ 350 - 1100 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2000 compare 6 @ 850/1100 - 1350 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) compare 6 @ 350 - 1100 MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Bay Trail) compare 4 @ 311 - 896 MHz32/64/128 Bit
CodenameIvy Bridge GT1Braswell
ArchitectureGen. 7 Ivy BridgeGen. 8
Pipelines6 - unified16 - unified
Core Speed650 - 1150 (Boost) MHz320 - 700 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit64/128 Bit
Shared Memoryyesyes
DirectXDirectX 11.0, Shader 5.0DirectX 11.2, Shader 5.0
technology22 nm14 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.04.2012 01.04.2015
CPU in HD Graphics 2500GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i5-35504 x 3300 MHz, 77 W650 MHz1150 MHz
Intel Core i5-34704 x 3200 MHz, 77 W650 MHz1100 MHz
Intel Core i3-32202 x 3300 MHz, 55 W650 MHz1050 MHz
min. - max.650 MHz1050 - 1150 MHz
CPU in HD Graphics (Braswell)GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Pentium N37004 x 1600 MHz, 6 W400 MHz700 MHz
Intel Celeron N31604 x 1600 MHz, 6 W320 MHz640 MHz
Intel Celeron N31504 x 1600 MHz, 6 W320 MHz640 MHz
min. - max.320 - 650 MHz600 - 1150 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
2.3 pt (3%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 1906     avg: 2659     median: 2817 (4%)     max: 3095 Points
min: 1327     avg: 1595     median: 1529 (2%)     max: 2134 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 2301     avg: 2584     median: 2604.5 (1%)     max: 2825 Points
min: 1950     avg: 2187     median: 2193 (1%)     max: 2457 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 257     avg: 293     median: 294.5 (1%)     max: 327 Points
min: 204     avg: 235     median: 238 (1%)     max: 256 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 289     avg: 320     median: 318 (1%)     max: 353 Points
min: 218     avg: 257     median: 261 (1%)     max: 299 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 21978     avg: 23693     median: 24058 (3%)     max: 24676 Points
min: 20067     avg: 24121     median: 24638 (3%)     max: 26079 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 374     avg: 419     median: 430 (1%)     max: 449 points
min: 310     avg: 435     median: 436 (1%)     max: 518 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 321     avg: 349     median: 350.5 (1%)     max: 374 points
min: 275     avg: 390     median: 395 (1%)     max: 468 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
P Result 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
20814 Points (22%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
10138 Points (5%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 6341     avg: 6627     median: 6627 (12%)     max: 6913 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 3.2     avg: 4.9     median: 4.9 (1%)     max: 6.6 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
Tcvis 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
Maya 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
Lightwave 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
Ensight 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
Catia 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 2500
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + Intel HD Graphics 2500
Shading 32Bit + Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 2500
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
Ref. Match 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Intel HD Graphics (Braswell)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
16.1 fps (3%)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
25.4 fps (7%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 30     avg: 31     median: 31 (0%)     max: 32 Samples/s
min: 54     avg: 54.5     median: 54.5 (1%)     max: 55 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 47     avg: 50     median: 50 (0%)     max: 53 Samples/s
min: 76     avg: 80.5     median: 80.5 (1%)     max: 85 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 282     avg: 287     median: 286 (1%)     max: 294 Points
306 Points (1%)

Average Benchmarks Intel HD Graphics 2500 → 100% n=15

Average Benchmarks Intel HD Graphics (Braswell) → 93% n=15

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
16.8  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
11.9  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
13.7  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
9.5  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
27.2  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
7.1  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
13.2  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
8.7  fps
Evolve

Evolve

2015
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
5.4  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
3.9  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
8.2  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
6.1  fps
Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

2014
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
6.1  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
4.3  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
6  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
3.2  fps
F1 2014

F1 2014

2014
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
13 13 ~ 13 fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
12 12.5 ~ 12 fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
13.7  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
8.8  fps
Sims 4

Sims 4

2014
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
64  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
18.7  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
7.9  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
5.6  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
23  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
12.5  fps
low 1280x720
HD Graphics (Braswell):
3.8  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
2.1  fps
GRID 2

GRID 2

2013
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
19.2  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
12.6  fps
high 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
12.5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
11.1  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
9.8  fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
9.6  fps
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
17.7  fps
102%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
16.2 17.4 17.5 17.7 22.1 ~ 18 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
8  fps
125%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
8.3 9.1 9.8 10 11.4 ~ 10 fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
7  fps
115%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
6.9 7 7.4 8.4 9.6 ~ 8 fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
145  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
26  fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
13.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
4.3  fps
SimCity

SimCity

2013
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
14.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
20.1  fps
109%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
19.4 22.5 23 23.4 23.7 ~ 22 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
10.9  fps
110%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
11 12.1 12.2 12.6 12.9 ~ 12 fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
7.1  fps
113%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
8 8.2 8.2 8.7 9.1 ~ 8 fps
Crysis 3

Crysis 3

2013
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
13.8  fps
67%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
9.3  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
5.7  fps
high 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
2.1  fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
43 46.2 ~ 45 fps
64%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
28.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
18.8  fps
69%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
13  fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
13.5  fps
73%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
9.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
7.3  fps
Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
18 20.5 ~ 19 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
11.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
13.8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
18.4 20.1 ~ 19 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
10.7 11.6 ~ 11 fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
3.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
1.9  fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
18  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
15  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
12  fps
high 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
11.3  fps
Fifa 13

Fifa 13

2012
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
29.7 99 101 ~ 77 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
23.6 51 52 60 ~ 47 fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
17.2 28 31.2 32 ~ 27 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
14.5  fps
F1 2012

F1 2012

2012
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
37 40 ~ 39 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
21 26 ~ 24 fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
21 22 ~ 22 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
12 12 ~ 12 fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
37  fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
8  fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
77 82 ~ 80 fps
15%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
12.2  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
36 39 ~ 38 fps
30%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
11.5  fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
18 20.6 ~ 19 fps
55%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
10.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
11.7  fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
21.7  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
15.5  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
25.5  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
16.7  fps
high 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
13.2  fps
Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
23.2  fps
125%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
28 30 ~ 29 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
9.8  fps
133%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
12.7 13.1 ~ 13 fps
high 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
5.2  fps
155%
HD Graphics (Braswell):
8.1  fps
low 1280x720
HD Graphics (Braswell):
16.5  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
8.2  fps
high 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
5  fps
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
16.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
11  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
28  fps
high 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
13.9  fps
low 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
6.7  fps
med. 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
4.2  fps
high 1366x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
2.1  fps
Trackmania Nations Forever

Trackmania Nations Forever

2008
low 640x480
HD Graphics (Braswell):
79.3 97.6 97.6 106 106 ~ 97 fps
high 1024x768
HD Graphics (Braswell):
18.9 21.4 22.9 25.5 25.8 ~ 23 fps
Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
46  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
22.2  fps
high 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
18.7  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
7.6  fps
Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
48.8 52.8 ~ 51 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
20.2 21.6 ~ 21 fps
high 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
12  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
3  fps
World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft

2005
low 800x600
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
104  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 2500:
29  fps

Average Gaming Intel HD Graphics 2500 → 100%

Average Gaming Intel HD Graphics (Braswell) → 91%

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