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Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 vs Intel UHD Graphics 620 vs Intel HD Graphics 615

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650

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The Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 (GT3e) is a processor graphics card for Kaby Lake models announced in January 2017. As the successor to the Intel Iris Graphics 550 (Skylake), the Iris Plus Graphics 650 is used for 28-Watt models and is equipped with 64 MB eDRAM cache. There should not be any big changes compared to the Iris Graphics 550.

The so called GT3e version of the Kaby Lake GPU probably still has 48 Execution Units (EUs), which can reach up to 1100 MHz depending on the model. Besides eDRAM cache, the Iris 650 can also access the system memory (2x 64 Bit DDR3L-1600/DDR4-2400) via processor interface.

Compared to the Iris Plus 640 from the 15-Watt models, the Iris 650 only has a slightly higher maximum clock as well as almost twice the TDP, which allows a better utilization of the Turbo Boost potential.

Performance

The exact performance of the Iris Plus Graphics 650 depends on the CPU model, because maximum clock as well as the size of the L3 cache can differ a bit. The system memory (DDR3/DDR4) will influence the performance as well.

The fastest chips are high-clocked Core i7 models like the Core i7-7567U. Depending on the game, the Iris Plus 650 will probably be on par with a dedicated GeForce 930M and can handle smooth gameplay in modern titles in low up to medium settings.

Features

The reworked video engine now fully supports hardware decoding of H.265/HEVC videos. Contrary to Skylake, however, Kaby Lake can now also decode H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google's VP9 codec. The video output is possible via DP 1.2/eDP 1.3 (up to 3840 x 2160 @60 Hz), whereas HDMI is also supported in the older 1.4a standard. An HDMI 2.0 output can be added via converter from DisplayPort. The GPU can drive up to three displays simultaneously.

Power Consumption

The Iris Plus Graphics 650 is used for 28-Watt processor and therefore medium-sized notebooks.

Intel UHD Graphics 620

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The Intel UHD Graphics 620 (GT2) is an integrated graphics unit, which can be found in various ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processors of the Kaby Lake Refresh generation (8th generation Core). Compared to the similar named Intel HD Graphics 620 in the 2016 Kaby Lake CPUs, only the name changed from HD to UHD. It is clocked with up to 1.150 MHz and therefore 100 MHz higher than the old HD Graphics 620 (max. 1.050 MHz) and offer a comparable performance. Due to its lack of dedicated graphics memory or eDRAM cache, the HD 620 has to access the main memory (2x 64bit DDR3/DDR4).

Performance

The exact performance of the UHD Graphics 620 depends on various factors like L3 cache size, memory configuration (DDR3/DDR4) and maximum clock rate of the specific model and as is similar to the Intel HD Graphics 620 and Intel HD Graphics 630. Compared to the average HD Graphics 620, the UHD graphics profits from the quad-core CPU a bit in our gaming benchmarks. Therefore, should be positioned between a GeForce 910M and 920M dedicated graphics card from Nvidia. For games, the drivers however are not that fast updated and tested as with GeForce graphics cards. In our tests, the UHD 620 is most suited for casual games like Team Fortress 2, Rocket League or Farming Simulator 17. See below for a list of modern games tested with various models.

Features

The revised video engine now supports H.265/HEVC Main10 profile in hardware with 10 bit colors. Furthermore, Googles VP9 codec can also be hardware decoded. The first models do not support HDCP 2.2 and therefore Netflix 4K. This was added with the new models in 2017 and beginning of May 2017 also the older CPU models like the i3-7100U are now shipped with a new S-Spec Code that supports HDCP 2.2. HDMI 2.0 however is still only supported with an external converter chip (LSPCon).

Power Consumption

The UHD Graphics 620 can be found in mobile processors specified at 15 W TDP and is therefore suited for compact laptops and ultrabooks. The power consumption during playing The Witcher 3 (with an external monitor) was comparable to a Intel HD Graphics 620 based laptop and on the lowest end of all of our measurements. Dedicated GPUs, like the GeForce 940MX, needed a lot more power.

Intel HD Graphics 615

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The Intel HD Graphics 615 (GT2) is a low-end integrated graphics unit, which can be found in the Y-series of the Kaby Lake generation. This "GT2" version 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 615 has to access the main memory (2x 64bit DDR3L/LPDDR3).

Performance

The 3D performance of the HD 615 depends on the CPU model and the cooling / TDP-setting of the laptop. Furthermore, the used main memory (single channel, DDR3(L), amount) is influencing performance. On average the HD graphics 615 should be around 20 to 30 percent faster than the previous generation, the HD Graphics 615. Therefore, it may even reach the performance of the HD Graphics 520. Some low demanding games should therefore be playable with the chip.

Features

The revised video engine now supports H.265/HEVC Main10 profile in hardware with 10 bit colors. Furthermore, Googles VP9 codec can also be hardware decoded. The first models do not support HDCP 2.2 and therefore Netflix 4K. This was added with the new models in 2017 and beginning of May 2017 also the older CPU models like the m3-7Y30 are now shipped with a new S-Spec Code that supports HDCP 2.2. HDMI 2.0 however is still only supported with an external converter chip (LSPCon).

Power Consumption

The HD Graphics 615 can be found in Y processors with 4.5 W TDP (can be manipulated by the laptop manufacturers) and is therefore suited for very thin, mostly passively cooled 2-in-1 notebooks and tablets.

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650Intel UHD Graphics 620Intel HD Graphics 615
ManufacturerIntelIntelIntel
Gen. 9.5 Series
Iris Plus Graphics 655 48 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 650 48 @ 0.3 - 1.1 GHz64/128 Bit
Iris Plus Graphics 645 48 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 640 48 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics P630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P630 24 64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 620 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 620 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 617 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 615 24 @ 0.3 - 1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 615 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
Iris Plus Graphics 655 48 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 650 48 @ 0.3 - 1.1 GHz64/128 Bit
Iris Plus Graphics 645 48 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 640 48 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics P630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P630 24 64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 620 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 620 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 617 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 615 24 @ 0.3 - 1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 615 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
Iris Plus Graphics 655 48 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 650 48 @ 0.3 - 1.1 GHz64/128 Bit
Iris Plus Graphics 645 48 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 640 48 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics P630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P630 24 64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 620 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 620 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 617 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 615 24 @ 0.3 - 1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 615 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
CodenameKaby Lake GT3eKaby-Lake-Refresh GT2Kaby-Lake GT2
ArchitectureGen. 9.5 Kaby LakeGen. 9.5Gen. 9 Kaby Lake
Pipelines48 - unified24 - unified24 - unified
Core Speed300 - 1100 (Boost) MHz300? - 1150 (Boost) MHz300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit64/128 Bit64/128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR4DDR3/DDR4DDR3L/LPDDR3
Shared Memoryyesyesyes
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
FeaturesQuickSyncQuickSyncQuickSync
Date of Announcement03.01.2017 01.09.2017 30.08.2016
CPU in Iris Plus Graphics 650GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-7567U2 x 3500 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1100 MHz
Intel Core i5-7287U2 x 3300 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1100 MHz
Intel Core i5-7267U2 x 3100 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1050 MHz
Intel Core i3-7167U2 x 2800 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1000 MHz
min. - max.300 MHz1000 - 1100 MHz
CPU in UHD Graphics 620GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-10810U6 x 1100 MHz, 15 W300 MHz? MHz
Intel Core i7-10710U6 x 1100 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1150 MHz
Intel Core i7-10610U4 x 1800 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1150 MHz
min. - max.300 MHz900 - 1150 MHz
CPU in HD Graphics 615GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-7Y752 x 1300 MHz, 4.5 W300 MHz1050 MHz
Intel Core i5-7Y572 x 1200 MHz, 4.5 W300 MHz950 MHz
Intel Core i5-7Y542 x 1200 MHz, 4.5 W300 MHz950 MHz
min. - max.300 MHz850 - 1150 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - UHD Graphics 620
6.5 pt (7%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - HD Graphics 615
4.8 pt (5%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
623 Points (3%)
min: 343     avg: 436     median: 435.5 (2%)     max: 512 Points
min: 180     avg: 277     median: 296.5 (2%)     max: 327 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
555 Points (3%)
min: 299     avg: 379     median: 379.5 (2%)     max: 443 Points
min: 157     avg: 244     median: 261 (1%)     max: 288 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
161538 Points (25%)
min: 65949     avg: 88812     median: 88745.5 (14%)     max: 115515 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 29002     avg: 43275     median: 42759 (6%)     max: 59483 Points
min: 28302     avg: 34366     median: 33200.5 (5%)     max: 42163 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 8403     avg: 9150     median: 9149.5 (12%)     max: 9896 Points
min: 5821     avg: 8170     median: 8143 (11%)     max: 10960 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
13153 Points (6%)
min: 6910     avg: 9238     median: 9324 (5%)     max: 11437 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 1586     avg: 1655     median: 1655 (4%)     max: 1724 Points
min: 538     avg: 1057     median: 1071 (3%)     max: 1313 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
1698 Points (3%)
min: 557     avg: 1155     median: 1168 (2%)     max: 1444 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 13790     avg: 68507     median: 67987 (9%)     max: 102010 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
7727 Points (56%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
8007 Points (19%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
min: 5204     avg: 5377     median: 5376.5 (55%)     max: 5549 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 4856     avg: 5023     median: 5023 (20%)     max: 5190 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid
min: 3967     avg: 5202     median: 5245 (8%)     max: 6637 Points
2461 Points (4%)
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid Graphics Score
min: 4163     avg: 5221     median: 5312 (3%)     max: 6380 Points
2800 Points (2%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
2924 Points (7%)
min: 1175     avg: 1928     median: 1935.5 (5%)     max: 2283 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
2762 Points (5%)
min: 1144     avg: 1743     median: 1747 (3%)     max: 2006 Points