Intel HD Graphics 520 vs Intel HD Graphics 620

Intel HD Graphics 520

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The Intel HD Graphics 520 (GT2) is an integrated graphics unit, which can be found in various ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processors of the Skylake generation. This "GT2" version of the Skylake GPU offers 24 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at up to 1050 MHz (depending on the CPU model). Due to its lack of dedicated graphics memory or eDRAM cache, the HD 520 has to access the main memory (2x 64bit DDR3L-1600 / DDR4-2133).

Performance

The exact performance of the HD Graphics 520 depends on various factors like L3 cache size, memory configuration (DDR3/DDR4) and maximum clock rate of the specific model. The fastest versions (Core i7-6600U) should perform similar to a dedicated GeForce 820M and will handle modern games (as of 2015) in low settings.

Features

The revised video engine now decodes H.265/HEVC completely in hardware and thereby much more efficiently than before. Displays can be connected via DP 1.2 / eDP 1.3 (max. 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz), whereas HDMI is limited to the older version 1.4a (max. 3840 x 2160 @ 30 Hz). However, HDMI 2.0 can be added using a DisplayPort converter. Up to three displays can be controlled simultaneously.

Power Consumption

The HD Graphics 520 can be found in mobile processors specified at 15 W TDP and is therefore suited for compact laptops and ultrabooks.

Intel HD Graphics 620

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The Intel HD Graphics 620 (GT2) is an integrated graphics unit, which can be found in various ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processors of the Kaby Lake generation. This "GT2" version of the Kaby Lake GPU is clocked at up to 1050 MHz (depending on the CPU model). Due to its lack of dedicated graphics memory or eDRAM cache, the HD 620 has to access the main memory (2x 64bit DDR3/DDR4).

Performance

The exact performance of the HD Graphics 620 depends on various factors like L3 cache size, memory configuration (DDR3/DDR4) and maximum clock rate of the specific model but is very similar to the old HD Graphics 520 GPU. That means only some less demanding recent games like Farming Simulator 17 run fluently in low detail settings (see below for gaming benchmarks). Compared to dedicated graphics cards, the HD620 should be positioned between a GeForce 910M and 920M from Nvidia. For games, the drivers however are not that fast updated and tested as with GeForce graphics cards.

Features

The revised video engine now supports H.265/HEVC Main10 profile in hardware with 10 bit colors. Furthermore, Googles VP9 codec can also be hardware decoded. The first models do not support HDCP 2.2 and therefore Netflix 4K. This was added with the new models in 2017 and beginning of May 2017 also the older CPU models like the i3-7100U are now shipped with a new S-Spec Code that supports HDCP 2.2. HDMI 2.0 however is still only supported with an external converter chip (LSPCon).

Power Consumption

The HD Graphics 620 can be found in mobile processors specified at 15 W TDP and is therefore suited for compact laptops and ultrabooks.

Intel HD Graphics 520Intel HD Graphics 620
ManufacturerIntelIntel
Gen. 9.5 Series
Iris Pro Graphics P580 compare 72 @ 0.35 - 1.1 GHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Pro Graphics 580 compare 72 @ 0.35 - 1.05 GHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Graphics 550 compare 48 @ 0.3 - 1.1 GHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Graphics 540 compare 48 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 530 compare 24 @ 0.35 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 520 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 515 compare 24 @ 0.3 - 1 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 610 compare 12 @ 0.3 - 0.95 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 610 compare 12 @ 0.3 - 0.95 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 510 compare 12 @ 0.3 - 0.95 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 605 compare 18 @ 0.3 - 0.75 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 505 compare 18 @ 0.3 - 0.75 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 600 compare 12 @ 0.3 - 0.7 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 500 compare 12 @ 0.3 - 0.7 GHz64/128 Bit
Iris Plus Graphics 655 compare 48 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 650 compare 48 @ 0.3 - 1.1 GHz64/128 Bit
Iris Plus Graphics 645 compare 48 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 640 compare 48 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 630 compare 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics P630 compare 24 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 630 compare 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P630 compare 24 64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 620 compare 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 620 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 617 compare 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 615 compare 24 @ 0.3 - 1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 615 compare 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
CodenameSkylake GT2Kaby-Lake GT2
ArchitectureGen. 9 SkylakeGen. 9.5 Kaby Lake
Pipelines24 - unified24 - unified
Core Speed300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit64/128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3/DDR4DDR3/DDR4
Shared Memoryyesyes
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
technology14 nm14 nm
FeaturesQuickSyncQuickSync
Date of Announcement01.09.2015 30.08.2016
CPU in HD Graphics 520GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-6600U2 x 2600 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1050 MHz
Intel Core i7-6500U2 x 2500 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1050 MHz
Intel Core i5-6300U2 x 2400 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1000 MHz
min. - max.300 MHz900 - 1050 MHz
CPU in HD Graphics 620GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-7600U2 x 2800 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1150 MHz
Intel Core i7-7500U2 x 2700 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1050 MHz
Intel Core i5-7300U2 x 2600 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1100 MHz
min. - max.300 MHz900 - 1150 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - HD Graphics 520
5.3 pt (6%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - HD Graphics 620
5.9 pt (6%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
297 Points (2%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
263 Points (1%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 50874     avg: 70431     median: 73656 (11%)     max: 88058 Points
min: 57706     avg: 77795     median: 79066.5 (12%)     max: 98195 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 27001     avg: 38067     median: 39969 (5%)     max: 49514 Points
min: 12780     avg: 41308     median: 38918 (5%)     max: 55020 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 3915     avg: 5379     median: 5357.5 (7%)     max: 6737 Points
min: 3369     avg: 6049     median: 5993 (8%)     max: 7245 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 4724     avg: 6747     median: 6700.5 (3%)     max: 8842 Points
min: 5790     avg: 7755     median: 7725 (4%)     max: 9610 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 536     avg: 748     median: 752 (2%)     max: 961 Points
min: 316     avg: 845     median: 858 (2%)     max: 1078 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 564     avg: 800     median: 803.5 (2%)     max: 1056 Points
min: 328     avg: 916     median: 934 (2%)     max: 1176 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 633     avg: 56112     median: 56183 (7%)     max: 82961 Points
min: 11084     avg: 66525     median: 62248.5 (8%)     max: 92261 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 1135     avg: 1433     median: 1435.5 (3%)     max: 1700 Points
min: 1146     avg: 1639     median: 1645.5 (4%)     max: 1970 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 1060     avg: 1296     median: 1293.5 (2%)     max: 1520 Points
min: 1067     avg: 1499     median: 1508.5 (3%)     max: 1777 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + Intel HD Graphics 520
3DM Vant. Perf. total + Intel HD Graphics 620
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + Intel HD Graphics 520
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + Intel HD Graphics 620
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
min: 20229     avg: 23729     median: 23728.5 (25%)     max: 27228 Points
67477 Points (70%)
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
min: 14683     avg: 17873     median: 18240 (10%)     max: 20522 Points
min: 16812     avg: 19095     median: 17494 (9%)     max: 23293 Points
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
min: 9082     avg: 11565     median: 10910 (16%)     max: 15357 Points
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 520
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 620
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x720 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
4.2 fps (2%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp11 snx-01 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp11 tcvis-02 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp11 tcvis-02 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp11 sw-02 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp11 sw-02 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp11 proe-05 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp11 proe-05 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp11 maya-03 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp11 maya-03 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp11 lightwave-01 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp11 lightwave-01 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp11 ensight-04 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp11 ensight-04 + Intel HD Graphics 620
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp12 sw-03 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp12 snx-02 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp12 snx-02 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp12 showcase-01 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp12 showcase-01 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp12 mediacal-01 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp12 mediacal-01 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp12 maya-04 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp12 maya-04 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp12 energy-01 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp12 energy-01 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp12 creo-01 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp12 creo-01 + Intel HD Graphics 620
specvp12 catia-04 + Intel HD Graphics 520
specvp12 catia-04 + Intel HD Graphics 620
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + Intel HD Graphics 520