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Intel Iris Graphics 550

Intel Iris Graphics 550

The Intel Iris Graphics 550 (GT3e) is an integrated graphics unit of the Skylake generation. As successors of the Iris Graphics 6100 (Broadwell), the Iris Graphics 550 can be found in CPUs of 28-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 1100 MHz (depending on the CPU model). Besides the eDRAM cache, the Iris 550 is able to access the main memory (2x 64bit DDR3L-1600 / DDR4-2133).

Compared to the Iris Graphics 540 of the 15-watt series, the Iris Graphics 550 differs only by its slightly higher maximum clock and a nearly doubled TDP, which allows a better utilization of the Turbo Boost.

Performance

The exact performance of the Iris Graphics 550 depends on various factors like L3 Cache size, memory (DDR3/DDR4) and maximum clock rate of the specific model. The fastest versions (Core i7-6567U) may compete with a dedicated GeForce 930M 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 550 can be found in mobile processors specified at 28 W TDP and is therefore suited for medium-sized laptops and ultrabooks.

Gen. 9 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 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 compare 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
CodenameSkylake GT3e
ArchitectureGen. 9 Skylake
Pipelines48 - unified
Core Speed300 - 1100 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus WidtheDRAM + 64/128 Bit
Memory TypeeDRAM
Max. Amount of Memory64 MB
Shared Memoryyes
APIDirectX 12_1, OpenGL 4.4
technology14 nm
FeaturesQuickSync
Date of Announcement01.09.2015
CPU in Iris Graphics 550GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-6567U2 x 3300 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1100 MHz
Intel Core i5-6287U2 x 3100 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1100 MHz
Intel Core i5-6267U2 x 2900 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1050 MHz
min. - max.300 MHz1000 - 1100 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
0.8 pt (2%)
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06
min: 14581     avg: 15481     median: 15910 (21%)     max: 15951 Points
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit
min: 36.9     avg: 56.3     median: 60.8 (4%)     max: 66.7 fps
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit
min: 97.8     avg: 98     median: 97.8 (98%)     max: 99.3 %
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
GFXBench T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 +
- 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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1920x1080
23.2  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
14.3  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Low Preset 1280x720
42.1
low 1920x1080
15.6  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
med. 1920x1080
13.4  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Low Preset 1280x720
20.2
low 1920x1080
8.6  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Minimum Settings 1280x720
13.2
low 1920x1080
5.4  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Ultra Low Preset 1280x720
7
low 1920x1080
8.5 (!)  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Low Preset 1280x720
12.8 (!)
low 1920x1080
6.3  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
low 1920x1080
5.4  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Low Preset 1280x720
7.8
7.9
low 1920x1080
23.7  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
med. 1920x1080
14.2  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
high 1920x1080
12.2  fps    + Compare + 📈 Graph
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Low Preset 1280x720
38.7
low 1920x1080
10.9  fps    + Compare
» The benchmarks indicate that the game is not playable in the tested settings.
Additional Benchmarks
Lowest Preset (DX12) 1280x720
19.2
low 1920x1080
28.5 (!)  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
21.4 (!)  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
16.6 (!)