Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) vs Intel HD Graphics 4000 vs Intel HD Graphics 5500

Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)

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The Intel HD Graphics (Family) is a processor graphics card which is integrated in the cheap Celeron and Pentium model of the Sandy Bridge generation. It is similar to the Intel HD Graphics 2000 and not with the processor graphics of the older Arrandale dual-core processors (which bears the same name). 

Depending on the processor, the HD graphics offers a different base and Turbo Boost clock speed. Currently there are three different models:

  • Power Saving e.g. Celeron 847: base 350MHz, Turbo 800MHz
  • Celeron e.g. Celeron B810: base 650MHz, Turbo 950MHz
  • Pentium e.g. Pentium B950: base 650MHz, Turbo 1100MHz

Furthermore, the slow CPU performance of some models may influence the games a lot. For example, although the GPU in the Celeron B710 differs not much from the Pentium B950, the gaming performance was clearly worse and many games were unplayable.

As the Intel HD Graphics 3000 and 2000, the processor graphics card is able to use part of the last level cache of the processor (2MB usually for the entry level CPUs). This could be seen as a small amount of very fast dedicated memory.

Altought 2x Antialiasing (AA) is supported, the chip is as fast as when rendering 4x AA. In the Unigine Valley benchmark a similar HD 3000 i7-2637M for example reached the same score with 2x AA and 4x AA.

The feature set compared to the HD Graphics 3000 is also reduced in these entry level CPUs. E.g. Intel Quick Sync (for de- and encoding of HD videos), In Tru 3D, Clear Video HD are usually deactivated.

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 5500

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The Intel HD Graphics 5500 (GT2) 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 i5-5200U or i7-5600U. While Core i5 and Core i7 chips feature 24 EUs, the Core i3 version offers just 23 EUs. Depending on the specific CPU, the maximum GPU frequency varies between 850 and 950 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 5500 represents the mid-range version of the Broadwell GPU family and consists of one slice with 24 EUs. Beyond that, there is also a low-end variant (GT1, 12 EUs) as well as higher-end models (GT3/GT3e + eDRAM, 48 EUs).

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 850 and 950 MHz. Due to the low TDP, however, the average clock in 3D applications will be somewhat lower.

Equipped with fast dual-channel memory, the HD Graphics 5500 outperforms the HD Graphics 4400 (Haswell, 20 EUs) by 20 - 25 percent and also beats the HD Graphics 5000 (Haswell, 40 EUs). However, even a low-end dedicated GeForce 820M ist about 10 - 30 percent faster than the HD 5500. 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 (7.5 or 10 W), which has a significant impact on performance.

Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)Intel HD Graphics 4000Intel HD Graphics 5500
ManufacturerIntelIntelIntel
HD Graphics Series
HD Graphics P530 24 @ 350 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5600 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 6000 48 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4600 20 @ 200 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5500 24 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5000 40 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4400 20 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5300 24 @ 100 - 900 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4000 16 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Broadwell) 12 @ 100 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4200 20 @ 200 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Skylake) 12 @ 300 - 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Braswell) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) 12 @ 320 - 640 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Haswell) 10 @ 200 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) 16 @ 200 - 600 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 3000 12 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2500 6 @ 650 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2000 6 @ 850/1100 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Bay Trail) 4 @ 311 - 896 (Boost) MHz32/64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P530 24 @ 350 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5600 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 6000 48 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4600 20 @ 200 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5500 24 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5000 40 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4400 20 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5300 24 @ 100 - 900 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4000 16 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Broadwell) 12 @ 100 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4200 20 @ 200 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Skylake) 12 @ 300 - 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Braswell) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) 12 @ 320 - 640 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Haswell) 10 @ 200 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) 16 @ 200 - 600 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 3000 12 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2500 6 @ 650 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2000 6 @ 850/1100 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Bay Trail) 4 @ 311 - 896 (Boost) MHz32/64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P530 24 @ 350 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5600 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 6000 48 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4600 20 @ 200 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5500 24 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5000 40 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4400 20 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5300 24 @ 100 - 900 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4000 16 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Broadwell) 12 @ 100 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4200 20 @ 200 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Skylake) 12 @ 300 - 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Braswell) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) 12 @ 320 - 640 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Haswell) 10 @ 200 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) 16 @ 200 - 600 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 3000 12 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2500 6 @ 650 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2000 6 @ 850/1100 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Bay Trail) 4 @ 311 - 896 (Boost) MHz32/64/128 Bit
CodenameSandy BridgeIvy BridgeBroadwell GT2
ArchitectureGen. 6 Sandy BridgeGen. 7 Ivy BridgeGen. 8 Broadwell
6 - 16 - 24 -
Core350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz300 - 950 (Boost) MHz
Bus64/128 Bit64/128 Bit64/128 Bit
yesyesyes
DirectXDirectX 10.1, 4.1DirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_1)
Technology32 nm22 nm14 nm
Introduced01.05.2011 23.03.2011 05.01.2015
Manufacturerhttp://www.intel.com/technology/graphics...
FeaturesQuickSyncQuick Sync
Transistors1300 Million
CPUGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Pentium G8602 x 3000 MHz, 65 W650 MHz1100 MHz
Intel Pentium B9802 x 2400 MHz, 35 W650 - 1100 MHz? MHz
Intel Pentium B9702 x 2300 MHz, 35 W650 MHz1150 MHz
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3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
289 Points (2%)
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
255 Points (2%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 43759     avg: 44324     median: 44323.5 (8%)     max: 44888 Points
min: 43391     avg: 58343     median: 58776 (11%)     max: 68877 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 20514     avg: 24179     median: 24426 (3%)     max: 28772 Points
min: 27084     avg: 33172     median: 31022.5 (4%)     max: 40670 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 1386     avg: 1452     median: 1451.5 (2%)     max: 1517 Points
min: 1469     avg: 3380     median: 3282.5 (5%)     max: 5946 Points
min: 3351     avg: 4777     median: 4790.5 (7%)     max: 6106 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 1389     avg: 1405     median: 1404.5 (1%)     max: 1420 Points
min: 1619     avg: 3850     median: 3768.5 (2%)     max: 5761 Points
min: 4571     avg: 5864     median: 5544 (3%)     max: 7789 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 168     avg: 447     median: 444 (2%)     max: 647 Points
min: 500     avg: 648     median: 634.5 (2%)     max: 868 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 191     avg: 486     median: 480 (1%)     max: 705 Points
min: 535     avg: 694     median: 663 (2%)     max: 927 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 13132     avg: 13747     median: 13746.5 (2%)     max: 14361 Points
min: 11232     avg: 31858     median: 31598 (4%)     max: 48923 Points
min: 33288     avg: 50089     median: 48637 (6%)     max: 70409 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 248     avg: 603     median: 603 (2%)     max: 802 points
min: 758     avg: 1088     median: 1079.5 (3%)     max: 1434 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 216     avg: 522     median: 523 (1%)     max: 684 points
min: 667     avg: 979     median: 979 (2%)     max: 1265 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
P Result 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
P Result 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
min: 9769     avg: 11443     median: 11429.5 (12%)     max: 13145 Points
min: 8967     avg: 14343     median: 15220 (16%)     max: 16933 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 2701     avg: 6189     median: 6390 (3%)     max: 7772 Points
min: 7402     avg: 11805     median: 12768 (7%)     max: 19294 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 2000     avg: 4691     median: 4768 (9%)     max: 5917 Points
min: 5239     avg: 8296     median: 8393 (16%)     max: 11948 Points
3DMark 06 + Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
+ Intel HD Graphics 4000
Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 6.9     avg: 7.6     median: 7.4 (3%)     max: 8.9 fps
9.3 fps (3%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 7.7     avg: 8.1     median: 8.1 (5%)     max: 8.4 fps
9.8 fps (6%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 5.3     avg: 5.7     median: 5.5 (2%)     max: 7 fps
min: 6     avg: 9.6     median: 9.4 (4%)     max: 13 fps
min: 12.4     avg: 15.5     median: 15.7 (7%)     max: 17.9 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Tcvis 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
Tcvis 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Tcvis 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Ensight 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
Ensight 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Ensight 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Maya 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Maya 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Lightwave 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Lightwave 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Catia 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
min: 5.4     avg: 5.7     median: 5.7 (72%)     max: 5.8 points
min: 5.9     avg: 6.4     median: 6.4 (81%)     max: 6.6 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 3.8     avg: 4.5     median: 4.5 (57%)     max: 5.1 points
min: 4.7     avg: 5.6     median: 5.1 (65%)     max: 6.6 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
Shading 32Bit + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Shading 32Bit + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 4000
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 4000
OpenGL 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 5500
Ref. Match 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 4000
Ref. Match 64Bit + Intel HD Graphics 5500
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time 1920x1080
min: 74     avg: 91.5     median: 91.5 (17%)     max: 109 fps
GLBenchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD Fixed Time
min: 51     avg: 52     median: 52 (87%)     max: 53 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 4000
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + Intel HD Graphics 5500