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Intel HD Graphics 5500

Intel HD Graphics 5500

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.

ManufacturerIntel
HD Graphics Series
HD Graphics P530 compare 24 @ 0.35 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5600 compare 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 6000 compare 48 @ 0.3 - 1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4600 compare 20 @ 0.2 - 1.35 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5500 24 @ 0.3 - 0.95 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5000 compare 40 @ 0.2 - 1.1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4400 compare 20 @ 0.2 - 1.1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 5300 compare 24 @ 0.1 - 0.9 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4000 compare 16 @ 0.35 - 1.35 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Broadwell) compare 12 @ 0.1 - 0.85 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 4200 compare 20 @ 0.2 - 0.85 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Skylake) compare 12 @ 0.3 - 0.8 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 405 (Braswell) compare 16 @ 0.32 - 0.7 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Braswell) compare 16 @ 0.32 - 0.7 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell) compare 12 @ 0.32 - 0.64 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Haswell) compare 10 @ 0.2 - 1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Cherry Trail) compare 16 @ 0.2 - 0.6 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 3000 compare 12 @ 0.35 - 1.35 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2500 compare 6 @ 0.65 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge) compare 6 @ 0.35 - 1.1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 2000 compare 6 @ 0.85 - 1.35 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) compare 6 @ 0.35 - 1.1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics (Bay Trail) compare 4 @ 0.31 - 0.9 GHz32/64/128 Bit
CodenameBroadwell GT2
ArchitectureGen. 8 Broadwell
Pipelines24 - unified
Core Speed300 - 950 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit
Shared Memoryyes
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_1)
Transistor Count1300 Million
technology14 nm
FeaturesQuick Sync
Date of Announcement05.01.2015
CPU in HD Graphics 5500GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-5600U2 x 2600 MHz, 15 W300 MHz950 MHz
Intel Core i7-5500U2 x 2400 MHz, 15 W300 MHz950 MHz
Intel Core i5-5300U2 x 2300 MHz, 15 W300 MHz900 MHz
min. - max.300 MHz850 - 950 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
4.5 pt (5%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 43391     avg: 58343     median: 58776 (9%)     max: 68877 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 27084     avg: 33172     median: 31022.5 (4%)     max: 40670 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 3351     avg: 4777     median: 4790.5 (6%)     max: 6106 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 4571     avg: 5864     median: 5544 (3%)     max: 7789 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 500     avg: 648     median: 634.5 (2%)     max: 868 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 535     avg: 694     median: 663 (2%)     max: 927 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 33288     avg: 50089     median: 48637 (6%)     max: 70409 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 758     avg: 1088     median: 1079.5 (3%)     max: 1434 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 667     avg: 979     median: 979 (2%)     max: 1265 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x800 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 12.4     avg: 15.5     median: 15.7 (3%)     max: 17.9 fps
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 +
specvp11 tcvis-02 +
specvp11 sw-02 +
specvp11 proe-05 +
specvp11 maya-03 +
specvp11 lightwave-01 +
specvp11 ensight-04 +
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 +
specvp12 snx-02 +
specvp12 showcase-01 +
specvp12 mediacal-01 +
specvp12 maya-04 +
specvp12 energy-01 +
specvp12 creo-01 +
specvp12 catia-04 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 +
GLBench 2.7 T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 +
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
min: 128     avg: 167     median: 149 (2%)     max: 306 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
min: 134     avg: 312     median: 328 (2%)     max: 409 Samples/s