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Intel HD Graphics 2500

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). 

ManufacturerIntel
HD Graphics Series
HD Graphics P530 (compare) 24 @ 350 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5600 (compare) 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 6000 (compare) 48 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4600 (compare) 20 @ 200 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5500 (compare) 24 @ 300 - 950 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5000 (compare) 40 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4400 (compare) 20 @ 200 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5300 (compare) 24 @ 100 - 900 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4000 (compare) 16 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Broadwell) (compare) 12 @ 100 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4200 (compare) 20 @ 200 - 850 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Skylake) (compare) 12 @ 300 - 800 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) (compare) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Braswell) (compare) 16 @ 320 - 700 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) (compare) 12 @ 320 - 640 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Haswell) (compare) 10 @ 200 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) (compare) 16 @ 200 - 600 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 3000 (compare) 12 @ 350 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2500 6 @ 650 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) (compare) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2000 (compare) 6 @ 850/1100 - 1350 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) (compare) 6 @ 350 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Bay Trail) (compare) 4 @ 311 - 896 (Boost) MHz32/64/128 Bit
CodenameIvy Bridge GT1
ArchitectureIvy Bridge
Pipelines6 - unified
Core Speed650 - 1150 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 11.0, Shader 5.0
technology22 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement01.04.2012
CPUGPU 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 - 650 MHz1050 - 1150 MHz

Benchmarks

3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 1906     avg: 2658.8     median: 2817 (6%)     max: 3095 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 2301     avg: 2583.8     median: 2604.5 (1%)     max: 2825 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 257     avg: 293.3     median: 294.5 (1%)     max: 327 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 289     avg: 319.5     median: 318 (1%)     max: 353 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 21978     avg: 23692.5     median: 24058 (3%)     max: 24676 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 374     avg: 419     median: 430 (1%)     max: 449 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 321     avg: 349     median: 350.5 (1%)     max: 374 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 6341     avg: 6627     median: 6627 (14%)     max: 6913 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 +
Tcvis 1920x1080 +
SolidWorks 1920x1080 +
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 +
Maya 1920x1080 +
Lightwave 1920x1080 +
Ensight 1920x1080 +
Catia 1920x1080 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 30     avg: 31     median: 31 (1%)     max: 32 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 47     avg: 50     median: 50 (0%)     max: 53 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 282     avg: 287.3     median: 286 (1%)     max: 294 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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

low 1024x768
11.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
9.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
9.6  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1280x720
17.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
7  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
145  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
26  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
13.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
4.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
SimCity

SimCity

2013
low 1024x768
14.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
8  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
20.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
10.9  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
7.1  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
43 46.2 ~ 45 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
18.8  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
13.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
7.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3

2012
low 1024x768
18 20.5 ~ 19 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
11.9  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
18.4 20.1 ~ 19 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
10.7 11.6 ~ 11 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
3.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
1.9  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1024x768
18  fps    + Compare