Intel UHD Graphics 620 vs Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 vs Intel HD Graphics 615

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 Iris Plus Graphics 655

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The Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655 (GT3e) is a processor graphics card announced in September 2017. As the successor to the Intel Iris Graphics 650 (Kaby Lake), the Iris Plus Graphics 655 is used for 28-Watt Coffee Lake-U models. The biggest difference is the doubled eDRAM-cache at 128 MB. There should not be any big changes compared to the Iris Graphics 650.

The so called GT3e version of the Kaby Lake GPU still has 48 Execution Units (EUs), which can reach up to 1200 MHz (previously 1100 MHz) depending on the model. Besides eDRAM cache, the Iris 655 can also access the system memory (2x 64 Bit DDR3L-2133/DDR4-2400) via processor interface.

Compared to the Iris Plus 640 from the 15-Watt models, the Iris 655 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 655 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 i7-8559U. Depending on the game, the Iris Plus 655 will probably be on par with a dedicated GeForce 930M or GeForce 940MX 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 655 is used for 28-Watt processor and therefore small/medium-sized notebooks.

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 UHD Graphics 620Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655Intel 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-Refresh GT2Kaby Lake GT3eKaby-Lake GT2
ArchitectureGen. 9.5Gen. 9.5 Kaby LakeGen. 9 Kaby Lake
Pipelines24 - unified48 - unified24 - unified
Core Speed300? - 1150 (Boost) MHz300 - 1200 (Boost) MHz300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit64/128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3/DDR4DDR3/DDR4DDR3L/LPDDR3
Shared Memoryyesyesyes
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1
technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
FeaturesQuickSyncQuickSyncQuickSync
Date of Announcement01.09.2017 01.09.2017 30.08.2016
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 Iris Plus Graphics 655GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-8559U4 x 2700 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1200 MHz
Intel Core i5-8269U4 x 2600 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1100 MHz
Intel Core i5-8279U4 x 2400 MHz, 28 W300 MHz1150 MHz
min. - max.300 MHz900 - 1200 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 - 1200 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - UHD Graphics 620
6.8 pt (7%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Iris Plus Graphics 655
11.3 pt (12%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - HD Graphics 615
5 pt (5%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 343     avg: 434     median: 435 (2%)     max: 512 Points
min: 676     avg: 703     median: 706 (4%)     max: 722 Points
min: 180     avg: 277     median: 296.5 (2%)     max: 327 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 299     avg: 378     median: 379 (2%)     max: 443 Points
min: 601     avg: 619     median: 621.5 (3%)     max: 633 Points
min: 157     avg: 244     median: 261 (1%)     max: 288 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 65949     avg: 89052     median: 88807 (14%)     max: 115515 Points
min: 134073     avg: 143400     median: 143400 (23%)     max: 152727 Points
min: 55271     avg: 69892     median: 70743 (11%)     max: 79719 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 29002     avg: 43200     median: 42660 (6%)     max: 59483 Points
71073 Points (10%)
min: 28302     avg: 34366     median: 33200.5 (5%)     max: 42163 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 5821     avg: 8157     median: 8125 (11%)     max: 10960 Points
min: 11412     avg: 12085     median: 11806 (16%)     max: 13037 Points
min: 4050     avg: 4904     median: 4893 (6%)     max: 5828 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 6910     avg: 9221     median: 9309.5 (5%)     max: 11436 Points
min: 14343     avg: 15375     median: 15084 (7%)     max: 16698 Points
min: 5478     avg: 6502     median: 6387 (3%)     max: 7839 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 538     avg: 1055     median: 1070.5 (3%)     max: 1298 Points
min: 1898     avg: 1947     median: 1903 (5%)     max: 2040 Points
min: 582     avg: 750     median: 762 (2%)     max: 861 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 557     avg: 1152     median: 1163.5 (2%)     max: 1420 Points
min: 2004     avg: 2111     median: 2070 (4%)     max: 2260 Points
min: 647     avg: 830     median: 853 (2%)     max: 965 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 13790     avg: 68374     median: 67512 (9%)     max: 102010 Points
min: 108565     avg: 110303     median: 110302 (15%)     max: 112040 Points
min: 45589     avg: 54672     median: 50760 (7%)     max: 69035 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 1175     avg: 1927     median: 1935 (5%)     max: 2283 Points
min: 3330     avg: 3340     median: 3339.5 (9%)     max: 3349 Points
min: 1141     avg: 1350     median: 1362.5 (4%)     max: 1514 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 1235     avg: 1743     median: 1744 (3%)     max: 2006 Points
min: 3044     avg: 3063     median: 3062.5 (5%)     max: 3081 Points
min: 1032     avg: 1233     median: 1242.5 (2%)     max: 1383.5 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + Intel UHD Graphics 620
3DM Vant. Perf. total + Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
3DM Vant. Perf. total + Intel HD Graphics 615
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + Intel UHD Graphics 620
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + Intel HD Graphics 615
3DMark 2001SE - 3DMark 2001 - Standard
34467 Points (36%)
19381 Points (20%)
3DMark 03 - 3DMark 03 - Standard
16620 Points (9%)
3DMark 05 - 3DMark 05 - Standard
8649 Points (13%)
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + Intel HD Graphics 615
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x768 + Intel HD Graphics 615
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
min: 4.7     avg: 5.1     median: 5.1 (3%)     max: 5.5 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
19.2 fps (6%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
17.4 fps (3%)
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
specvp12 snx-02 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
specvp12 showcase-01 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
specvp12 mediacal-01 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
specvp12 maya-04 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
specvp12 energy-01 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
specvp12 creo-01 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
specvp12 catia-04 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
specvp12 3dsmax-05 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
SPECviewperf 13 specvp13 sw-04 + Intel UHD Graphics 620
specvp13 snx-03 + Intel UHD Graphics 620