Intel HD Graphics 520 vs Intel Iris Graphics 540

Intel HD Graphics 520

► remove Intel HD Graphics 520

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 Iris Graphics 540

► remove Intel Iris Graphics 540

The Intel Iris Graphics 540 (GT3e) is an integrated graphics unit of the Skylake generation. As successors of the HD Graphics 6000 (Broadwell), the Iris Graphics 540 can be found in CPUs of 15-watt series and offers 64 MB of dedicated eDRAM memory. Furthermore, the so-called GT3e-version features 48 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at up to 1050 MHz (depending on the CPU model). Besides the eDRAM cache, the Iris 540 is able to access the main memory (2x 64bit DDR3L-1600 / DDR4-2133).

Compared to the Iris Graphics 550 of the 28-watt series, the Iris Graphics 540 differs only by its slightly lower maximum clock and a nearly halved TDP, which limits the utilization of the Turbo Boost in certain situations.

Performance

The exact performance of the Iris Graphics 540 depends on various factors like memory configuration (DDR3/DDR4) and maximum clock rate of the specific model. The fastest versions (Core i7-6650U) should be slightly ahead of a dedicated GeForce 920M and will handle modern games (as of 2015) in low or medium 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 Iris Graphics 540 can be found in mobile processors specified at 15 W TDP and is therefore suited for compact laptops and ultrabooks.

Intel HD Graphics 520Intel Iris Graphics 540
ManufacturerIntelIntel
Gen. 9 Series
Iris Pro Graphics P580 (compare) 72 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Pro Graphics 580 (compare) 72 @ 350 - 1050 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Graphics 550 (compare) 48 @ 300 - 1100 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Graphics 540 48 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 530 (compare) 24 @ 350 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 520 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 515 (compare) 24 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 610 (compare) 12 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 510 (compare) 12 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 605 (compare) 18 @ 300 - 750 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 505 (compare) 18 @ 300 - 750 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 600 (compare) 12 @ 300 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 500 (compare) 12 @ 300 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Iris Pro Graphics P580 (compare) 72 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Pro Graphics 580 (compare) 72 @ 350 - 1050 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Graphics 550 (compare) 48 @ 300 - 1100 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Iris Graphics 540 48 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHzeDRAM + 64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 530 (compare) 24 @ 350 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 520 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 515 (compare) 24 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 610 (compare) 12 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 510 (compare) 12 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 605 (compare) 18 @ 300 - 750 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 505 (compare) 18 @ 300 - 750 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 600 (compare) 12 @ 300 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 500 (compare) 12 @ 300 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
CodenameSkylake GT2Skylake GT3e
ArchitectureIntel Gen. 9 (Skylake)Intel Gen. 9 (Skylake)
24 - 48 -
Core300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz
Bus64/128 BiteDRAM + 64/128 Bit
MemoryDDR3/DDR4eDRAM
yesyes
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_1)DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
Technology14 nm14 nm
FeaturesQuickSyncQuickSync
Introduced01.09.2015 01.09.2015
Max. Memory64 MB
CPUGPU 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
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min. - max.300 - 300 MHz900 - 1050 MHz

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
297 Points (3%)
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
263 Points (2%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 50874     avg: 71347.4     median: 74628.5 (16%)     max: 88058 Points
min: 116490     avg: 126223     median: 126078 (27%)     max: 136248 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 27001     avg: 38067.1     median: 39969 (5%)     max: 49514 Points
min: 45185     avg: 56791.5     median: 56791.5 (8%)     max: 68398 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 3915     avg: 5388.6     median: 5369 (11%)     max: 6737 Points
min: 6730     avg: 7254.5     median: 7235 (15%)     max: 7822 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 4724     avg: 6759.9     median: 6708 (4%)     max: 8842 Points
min: 9392     avg: 10896.2     median: 11327 (6%)     max: 11893 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 536     avg: 747.6     median: 752 (3%)     max: 961 Points
min: 1106     avg: 1268     median: 1354 (5%)     max: 1395 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 564     avg: 800     median: 803.5 (2%)     max: 1056 Points
min: 1193     avg: 1358.2     median: 1448 (4%)     max: 1479 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 633     avg: 56112.2     median: 56183 (7%)     max: 82961 Points
min: 67714     avg: 81160     median: 82680.5 (11%)     max: 91565 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 1135     avg: 1435     median: 1438 (5%)     max: 1700 points
min: 2039     avg: 2339.8     median: 2364 (8%)     max: 2624 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1060     avg: 1297.7     median: 1296 (3%)     max: 1520 points
min: 1898     avg: 2186.5     median: 2211.5 (4%)     max: 2450 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 520
P Result 1280x1024 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 520
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 20229     avg: 23728.5     median: 23728.5 (25%)     max: 27228 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 14683     avg: 17872.8     median: 18240 (10%)     max: 20522 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 9082     avg: 11564.8     median: 10910 (23%)     max: 15357 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD DirectX 1920x1080
6.5 fps (5%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Tcvis 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 520
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Maya 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Lightwave 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Ensight 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 520
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 520
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
3ds Max (3dsmax-05) 1900x1060 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + Intel HD Graphics 520
Shading 32Bit + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 520
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 520
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel Iris Graphics 540
Ref. Match 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 520
Ref. Match 64Bit + Intel Iris Graphics 540
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 520
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Intel HD Graphics 520
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + Intel Iris Graphics 540
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 33.8     avg: 42.1     median: 39.4 (7%)     max: 55.6 fps
86 fps (16%)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 52.6     avg: 59.7     median: 59.7 (16%)     max: 66.7 fps
58.7 fps (16%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
min: 16     avg: 18.5     median: 18.5 (5%)     max: 21 fps
42 fps (11%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
min: 28.9     avg: 32.8     median: 32.8 (28%)     max: 36.6 fps
38.2 fps (33%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 132     avg: 187.5     median: 197 (4%)     max: 224 Samples/s
min: 258     avg: 291.8     median: 301.5 (6%)     max: 306 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 418     avg: 473.8     median: 474 (5%)     max: 529 Samples/s
min: 614     avg: 700.3     median: 712.5 (7%)     max: 762 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 777     avg: 838.8     median: 852 (4%)     max: 895 Points
min: 1257     avg: 1483.3     median: 1525.5 (7%)     max: 1625 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel HD Graphics 520 → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Iris Graphics 540 → 153%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
18.8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
12.6  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
10.3  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
5  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
7  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
25.8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
7.1  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
14.6  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
4.9  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
10.8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
6.2  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
20.9  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
14.2  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
5  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Destiny 2

Destiny 2

2017
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
9.7  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
ELEX

ELEX

2017
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
10.1  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
5.2  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
9  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
4.6  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
15  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
7  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
10  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
F1 2017

F1 2017

2017
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
23  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
12.4  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
51  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
48  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Dirt 4

Dirt 4

2017
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
33.7  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
48.5  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Prey

Prey

2017
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
20  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
18.6  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
6.5  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
6.6  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
2.9  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
For Honor

For Honor

2017
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
14.7 20.1 ~ 17 fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
7.4  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
23.2  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
5.6  fps
309%
Iris Graphics 540:
17.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
3.1  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
Iris Graphics 540:
30  fps
med. 1366x768
Iris Graphics 540:
27.3  fps
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
33.1  fps
167%
Iris Graphics 540:
55.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
23.9  fps
162%
Iris Graphics 540:
38.6  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
8.5  fps
168%
Iris Graphics 540:
14.3  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
54.5 82.1 ~ 68 fps
165%
Iris Graphics 540:
112  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
39.7 52.2 ~ 46 fps
165%
Iris Graphics 540:
76  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
20.1 20.6 ~ 20 fps
153%
Iris Graphics 540:
30.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
12  fps
159%
Iris Graphics 540:
19.1  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
30.1  fps
144%
Iris Graphics 540:
43.4  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
15.7  fps
161%
Iris Graphics 540:
25.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
7.3  fps
173%
Iris Graphics 540:
12.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
6.5  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
27.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
10  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Mafia 3

Mafia 3

2016
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
7.6 8.2 ~ 8 fps
141%
Iris Graphics 540:
11.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
6.1  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
FIFA 17

FIFA 17

2016
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
60.8 62.3 ~ 62 fps
98%
Iris Graphics 540:
61 (!)  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
50  fps
144%
Iris Graphics 540:
72 (!)  fps
high 1920x1080
Iris Graphics 540:
0 (!)  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
8.3 12.9 13.9 ~ 12 fps
158%
Iris Graphics 540:
16.7 20.5 ~ 19 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
6 8.8 ~ 7 fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
27.4  fps
128%
Iris Graphics 540:
35  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
13.7  fps
150%
Iris Graphics 540:
20.5  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
34.1 35.1 ~ 35 fps
180%
Iris Graphics 540:
58.2 68 ~ 63 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
24.8 25 ~ 25 fps
176%
Iris Graphics 540:
40 47.6 ~ 44 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
14.7 15.8 ~ 15 fps
133%
Iris Graphics 540:
18.9 21.3 ~ 20 fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
21.3  fps
148%
Iris Graphics 540:
31.5  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
17.3  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
9.9  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x768
Iris Graphics 540:
13.3  fps
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
15.2  fps
114%
Iris Graphics 540:
17.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
13.5  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
11.5 20.4 ~ 16 fps
100%
Iris Graphics 540:
13.5 17.7 ~ 16 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
12.8 14.5 ~ 14 fps
99%
Iris Graphics 540:
13.8  fps
high 1920x1080
Iris Graphics 540:
7.6  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
19.8 21.1 ~ 20 fps
125%
Iris Graphics 540:
21.7 27.9 (!) ~ 25 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
11.4  fps
113%
Iris Graphics 540:
12.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
3.7  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
15 15 ~ 15 fps
147%
Iris Graphics 540:
22 22 23 ~ 22 fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
7 7 ~ 7 fps
157%
Iris Graphics 540:
10 11 12 ~ 11 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
6  fps
133%
Iris Graphics 540:
8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
4  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
XCOM 2

XCOM 2

2016
low 1280x720
100%
HD Graphics 520:
14.9 16.2 16.3 ~ 16 fps
144%
Iris Graphics 540:
18 27.6 ~ 23 fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
5.2 6 ~ 6 fps
133%
Iris Graphics 540:
6.7 8.9 ~ 8 fps
high 1920x1080
100%
HD Graphics 520:
2.9  fps
HD Graphics 520:
»
Iris Graphics 540:
»
low 1024x768
100%
HD Graphics 520:
0 (!) 7