Intel HD Graphics 4000 vs Intel HD Graphics 6000

Intel HD Graphics 4000

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The Intel HD Graphics 4000 (GT2) is a processor graphics card that is included in the Ivy Bridge processors of 2012 (3rd generation of core, e.g. Core i7-3770). The base clock can be automatically overclocked using Turbo Boost technology. Depending on the processor model, the base and turbo clock rate may differ greatly resulting in different graphics performance of ULV parts compared to high-end desktop and laptop quad-core parts.

Compared to the Intel HD Graphics 3000 in Sandy Bridge CPUs, the HD 4000 card was completely redesigned and offers improved DirectX 11 capable shaders, Hardware Tessellation, a dedicated level 3 cache (before the Last Level Cache LLC of the CPU) and DirectCompute support. The IPC (instructions per clock) can therefore be even 2x as fast as with Sandy Bridge and overall up to 60% more performance (3DMark Vantage) should be possible.

First benchmarks position the HD Graphics 4000 (in a fast quad core desktop CPU) on a level with a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 330M and therefore above the AMD processor graphics Radeon HD 6620G. In our extensive tests with games the HD Graphics 4000 was able to beat the HD 6620G in a fast Core i7-3820QM by about 15%. In the slower i7-3610QM and a dual core i5 it was on a similar level as the 6620G. Therefore, casual gamers that wont mind reducing the quality settings in high end games, may be happy with the performance of the HD Graphics 4000. Beware, that the HD Graphics 4000 is used with different clock speeds depending on the CPU model. The ULV CPUs (Core ix-3xx7U) for example feature lower clock speeds and cant maintain the Turbo frequency as good as the 35 - 55 Watt models. Therefore, the ULV version is about 30% slower on average.

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 (depends on how the HD 4000 is used in the laptop - maybe only with a DisplayPort / eDP) as AMD offers with theirs Eyefinity support (up to 6 displays). DisplayPort 1.1 (max 2560x1600) and HDMI 1.4 (max 1920x1080 without hacks) are supported by the chip according to Intel.

Due to the 22nm 3D Tri-Gate production process, the power consumption should be relatively low (the development was focused on performance per Watt). The TDP of the whole package (including processor and memory controller) varies between 18 Watt (ULV) up to 45 Watt (mobile quad core) for the consumer laptop CPUs.

Intel HD Graphics 6000

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The Intel HD Graphics 6000 (GT3) is an integrated Broadwell graphics card revealed in Q1 2015. It can be found in several ULV SoCs (15 W TDP) such as the Core i5-5250U or i7-5650U. The so-called GT3 GPU offers 48 EUs (Execution Units) and therefore somewhat more shader power than the previous HD 5000 (40 EUs). Depending on the specific CPU, the maximum GPU frequency varies between 950 and 1000 MHz.

Architecture and Features

Broadwell features a GPU based on the Intel Gen8 architecture, which has been optimized in various aspects compared to the previous Gen7.5 (Haswell). Inter alia, the shader arrays called "subslice" have been reorganized and now offer 8 Execution Units (EUs) each. Three subslices form a "slice" for a total of 24 EUs. Combined with other improvements such as larger L1 caches and an optimized frontend, the integrated GPU has become faster and more efficient than its predecessor.

The HD Graphics 6000 represents the top-end version of the Broadwell GPU family and consists of two slices with 48 EUs. Beyond that, there is also a low-end (GT1, 12 EUs), a mid-range (GT2, 24 EUs) and a high-end variant (GT3e, 48 EUs + eDRAM).

All Broadwell GPUs support OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 12 (FL 11_1). The video engine can now decode H.265 using both fixed function hardware as well as available GPU shaders. Up to three displays can be connected via DP 1.2/eDP 1.3 (max. 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz) or HDMI 1.4a (max. 3840 x 2160 @ 24 Hz). HDMI 2.0, however, is not supported.

Performance

Depending on the specific CPU, the maximum GPU frequency varies between 950 and 1000 MHz. Due to the low TDP, however, the average clock in 3D applications will be significantly lower. Overall, the HD Graphics 6000 outperforms the previous HD 5000 by 20 - 25 percent and offers a performance slightly below a dedicated GeForce 820M.

Games as of 2014/2015 will usually run fluently only at (very) low settings.

Power Consumption

Utilizing a new 14 nm process, the Broadwell ULV chips are specified at just 15 W TDP and therefore suited for thin ultrabooks. The TDP is flexible and can be further reduced (9.5 W), which has a significant impact on performance.

Intel HD Graphics 4000Intel HD Graphics 6000
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 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 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) compare 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 compare 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 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 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) compare 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 compare 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 BridgeBroadwell GT3
ArchitectureGen. 7 Ivy BridgeGen. 8 Broadwell
Cores16 - unified48 - unified
Core350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz
Bus64/128 Bit64/128 Bit
Shared Memoryyesyes
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1)
Technology22 nm14 nm
FeaturesQuickSyncQuickSync
Introduced23.03.2011 05.01.2015
Transistors1900 Million
CPU in HD Graphics 4000GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-3770K4 x 3500 MHz, 77 W650 MHz1150 MHz
Intel Core i7-3940XM4 x 3000 MHz, 55 W650 MHz1350 MHz
Intel Core i7-3920XM4 x 2900 MHz, 55 W650 MHz1300 MHz
min. - max.350 - 650 MHz850 - 1350 MHz
CPU in HD Graphics 6000GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-5650U2 x 2200 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1000 MHz
Intel Core i7-5550U2 x 2000 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1000 MHz
Intel Core i5-5350U2 x 1800 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1000 MHz
Intel Core i5-5250U2 x 1600 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1000 MHz
min. - max.300 - 650 MHz850 - 1350 MHz

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
3.1 pt (3%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 43759     avg: 44324     median: 44323.5 (8%)     max: 44888 Points
min: 43759     avg: 44323.5     median: 44323.5 (8%)     max: 44888 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 20514     avg: 24179     median: 24426 (3%)     max: 28772 Points
min: 20514     avg: 24178.7     median: 24426 (3%)     max: 28772 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 1469     avg: 3380     median: 3282.5 (5%)     max: 5946 Points
min: 5425     avg: 5737     median: 5872 (9%)     max: 6061 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 1619     avg: 3850     median: 3768.5 (2%)     max: 5761 Points
min: 7378     avg: 7700     median: 7660 (4%)     max: 8102 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 168     avg: 447     median: 444 (1%)     max: 647 Points
min: 844     avg: 906     median: 903 (3%)     max: 971 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 191     avg: 486     median: 480 (1%)     max: 705 Points
min: 858     avg: 947     median: 951 (2%)     max: 1033 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 11232     avg: 31858     median: 31598 (4%)     max: 48923 Points
min: 61674     avg: 62508     median: 61979 (8%)     max: 63871 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 248     avg: 603     median: 603 (2%)     max: 802 Points
min: 1328     avg: 1487     median: 1513.5 (4%)     max: 1591 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 216     avg: 522     median: 523 (1%)     max: 684 Points
min: 1210     avg: 1372     median: 1395.5 (2%)     max: 1487 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + Intel HD Graphics 4000
3DM Vant. Perf. total + Intel HD Graphics 6000
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + Intel HD Graphics 4000
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + Intel HD Graphics 6000
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 8967     avg: 14343     median: 15220 (16%)     max: 16933 Points
min: 8967     avg: 14342.8     median: 15220 (16%)     max: 16933 Points
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 7402     avg: 11805     median: 12768 (7%)     max: 19294 Points
min: 7402     avg: 11805.3     median: 12768 (7%)     max: 19294 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 5239     avg: 8296     median: 8393 (16%)     max: 11948 Points
min: 5239     avg: 8296.4     median: 8393 (16%)     max: 11948 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel HD Graphics 4000
3DMark 06 - Score Unknown Settings + Intel HD Graphics 6000
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 6000
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
min: 6.9     avg: 7.6     median: 7.4 (2%)     max: 8.9 fps
min: 6.9     avg: 7.6     median: 7.4 (2%)     max: 8.9 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 OpenGL
min: 7.7     avg: 8.1     median: 8.1 (4%)     max: 8.4 fps
min: 7.7     avg: 8.1     median: 8.1 (4%)     max: 8.4 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 6     avg: 9.6     median: 9.4 (2%)     max: 13 fps
min: 18.6     avg: 19     median: 18.7 (4%)     max: 19.8 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
specvp11 snx-01 + Intel HD Graphics 6000
specvp11 tcvis-02 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
specvp11 tcvis-02 + Intel HD Graphics 6000
specvp11 sw-02 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
specvp11 sw-02 + Intel HD Graphics 6000
specvp11 proe-05 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
specvp11 proe-05 + Intel HD Graphics 6000
specvp11 maya-03 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
specvp11 maya-03 + Intel HD Graphics 6000
specvp11 lightwave-01 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
specvp11 lightwave-01 + Intel HD Graphics 6000
specvp11 ensight-04 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
specvp11 ensight-04 + Intel HD Graphics 6000
specvp11 catia-03 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
specvp11 catia-03 + Intel HD Graphics 6000
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Gaming graphics
min: 5.9     avg: 6.4     median: 6.4 (81%)     max: 6.6 Points
6.9 Points (87%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Win7 Graphics
min: 4.7     avg: 5.6     median: 5.1 (65%)     max: 6.6 Points
5.9 Points (75%)
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel HD Graphics 6000
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + Intel HD Graphics 6000